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These two words look very similar. Than can also sound almost the same as then when you pronounce it, because when we speak, we often say /ð(ə)n/ rather than /ðan/. However, than and then are completely different words with different meanings, so if you use the wrong spelling, you might confuse people or fail to […]more
How do you feel about short snappy sentences in ad copy? Do you find them engaging? Or irritating? And what do you think of these opening sentences? OK, I admit it. I’m an advertising copywriter. And I can’t help writing in short sentences. Or starting with a conjunction. Would I have written like this while […]more
How ethical is it to start working in a country where you don’t speak the local language? Before I started teaching English in Poland, this question didn’t trouble me in the slightest. When I taught in Sardinia, I spoke enough Italian to get by; and nobody in Cambodia expected foreign teachers to speak any Khmer […]more
For many students of English, and some native speakers as well, English spelling can be confusing given all the idiosyncrasies and apparent inconsistencies that make up the written language. As Ian Brookes has argued in a previous blog post, the difficulties partly arise from the fact that the spellings of English words reflect their origins […]more
The question of whether the word internet should be capitalized is so passionately debated and rife with controversy that it has its own Wikipedia article. The latest salvo in the capitalization wars came from the Associated Press Stylebook, which announced that as of June 1, the AP’s style will stipulate that internet and web (with […]more