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Monday the 18th of February, 2019.

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Conjunctions and subordinating conjunctions.

Conjunctions: as, because, because of. As and because are conjunctions. As and because introduce subordinate clauses. They connect the result of something with its reason. Because is more common than as. He spoke quietly because he didn’t want Susan to hear. Everyone left early because Robert and Susan had to catch an early flight in … Read moreConjunctions and subordinating conjunctions.

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Should have, may have, might have…

Should have, may have, might have, can have, could have, must have, would have. English modal verbs are both important and subtle. The subjunctive form is an attitude, not a defined structure. That is why we call it the subjunctive mood. The grammatical term subjunctive is not the same as the linguistic term subjunctive. As … Read moreShould have, may have, might have…

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Quiz answers

Another quiz, six questions. Q1 What does GDP mean? Q2 What does NATO mean? Q3 What percentage of GDP does Germany spend on NATO? Q4 What percentage of GDP does the USA spend on NATO? Q5 How many countries are members of NATO? Q6 Who made a campaign promise that those member countries each spend … Read moreQuiz answers

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Syntax

Syntax The order of words in a sentence is very important. A change in word order often results in a change of meaning. Many other languages use inflection, a change in the form of words, to show how the parts of a sentence function. English has very few inflections, so the place that a word … Read moreSyntax

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What is a paragraph?

What is a paragraph? A paragraph starts on a new line and is a distinct section of writing covering one topic, containing more than one sentence. A paragraph often starts with a topic sentence. It will have detail sentences in the middle and end with a concluding sentence. It will only cover one topic from … Read moreWhat is a paragraph?

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Going to, about to, or will.

Going to, about to, or will. Going to simply means intending to do something, at some point in the future. It can also imply (depending on context and speaker’s tone of voice) that the intention is to do it ‘sometime… never’, i.e. the intention is very weak. About to adds more immediacy to the intention … Read moreGoing to, about to, or will.

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Compound sentences,

Compound sentences. A compound sentence is made up of two or more simple sentences joined with a conjunction. Conjunctions have one job, to connect. They join words, phrases, or clauses together to clarify what the writer is saying. Their presence provides smooth transitions from one idea to another. A conjunctive adverb can join two main … Read moreCompound sentences,

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A cover letter.

What is a cover letter? A cover letter is your first introduction to a potential employer, so it needs to show that you’re a suitable candidate. A cover letter is an important document that introduces your resume to potential employers and highlights your suitability for the role. Here is an example of a cover letter: … Read moreA cover letter.

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Around or round?

Around or round? Around is usually an adverb meaning “in a circle”. Round is usually a noun meaning “a circular object”. We use around and round when we refer to movements in circles or from one place to another. Around and round can both be used. Around is more common in American English. Round is … Read moreAround or round?

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Writing an email.

Writing an Email. Email is the most common form of communication so it’s important to get it right. Although emails usually aren’t as formal as letters, they still need to be professional. Begin with a greeting, thank the recipient, state your purpose, add your closing remarks and end with a closing statement. Begin with a … Read moreWriting an email.

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The Verb To Do

The verb to do can be used as an auxiliary and a main verb. It is often used in questions. I / you / we / they do did have / had done are / were doing he / she / it does did has / had done is / was doing Examples: As an … Read moreThe Verb To Do

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Ten Simple Tips:

Here are some simple tips to improve your writing. 1. Avoid slang words such as wanna, gonna, woulda, coulda, coz, guyz, boyz, bro, etc. Although these are common in spoken English they should never be used in your writing. 2. Avoid texting abbreviations such as u, r, ur, lol, omg, etc. 3. Capitalise the first … Read moreTen Simple Tips:

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