Tag: English

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Can you complete these phrases?

How well do you know common English phrases? Give our quiz a try and see if you can fill in the blanks.

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Coleridge

Coleridge’s way with words

Why should we commemorate Coleridge’s death date, July 25? The obvious reason is his high status as a poet, but a better one might be his exuberance as a wordsmith. As a poet, after all, he is widely known for only two relatively short works, ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ and ‘Kubla Khan’. While […]

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Quiz: French words no longer used in French

Read the paragraph below; even if you don’t think you speak French, you’ll probably understand exactly what is being said… Imagine a rather bijou little hotel tucked away down a Parisian cul-de-sac, the kind with a rather louche air of faux decadence where the ensuite has a bidet and every night there’s a cabaret in […]

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I or me

Quiz: ‘I’ or ‘me’

Do you always know when to use I and when to use me in a sentence? Test yourself with our quiz. Find out more about how to use I and me.

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Video: what’s the origin of the phrase ‘to have an albatross around one’s neck’?

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Video: what is the origin of the phrase ‘hair of the dog’?

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Quiz: ‘compliment’ or ‘complement’?

Compliment and complement are pronounced in the same way, but they have very different meanings. Take our quiz to find out if you can tell these two tricky words apart. Read more about the difference between compliment and complement.

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Video: what is the origin of the word ‘OK’?

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