Tag: grammar

allude elude

Quiz: allude or elude?

Allude and elude sound similar, but have quite different meanings. Do you know how to use them correctly in a sentence? Read more about the difference between allude and elude.  

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Video: is ‘snuck’ a real word?

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may I quote you on that

Quiz: May I Quote You on That?

Have a try at answering our selection of questions from Stephen Spector’s May I Quote You on That? A Guide to Grammar and Usage. Spector’s book uses illustrative quotations from famous writers, historical figures, and celebrities to teach standard English usage and grammar.

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Video: why do we use ‘first, second…’ and not ‘firstly, secondly…’?

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nouns

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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english

Ten things you might not have known about the English language

Hey, English speaker! Congratulations. You speak a language that straddles the globe like nothing before. Statistically, English is unlikely to be your first language and you are likely to be from an educated background. Again, congratulations. Here are ten things that you may not have known about this wonderful language of ours: 1. It is […]

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Video: ‘I’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’

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in

‘In to’ versus ‘into’

A horse walks into a bar. The barman comes up and says ‘Why the long face?’ I’m rather fond of all those ‘A man/horse/alien etc. walks into a bar’ jokes, aren’t you? Some are particularly amusing, such as the following one, which fellow language-lovers should appreciate: Past, present, and future walked into a bar – […]

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