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"Less is more." - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886 - 1969)

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Quiz: know your nouns

How well do you know nouns? Here’s a quick quiz to see whether you can identify count nouns, mass nouns, proper nouns, verbal nouns, and every other type of noun under the sun. Find out more about nouns.  

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6 words you didn’t know were contractions

We’re all familiar with contractions. Plenty are signalled by an apostrophe and others don’t hide their origins with any notable ingenuity – such as I’m, you’re, they’ll etc. But some everyday words have dispensed with markers of their shortenings, to the extent that you may well not have realized that they ever started as anything […]

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