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Archive for February, 2006

Using idioms: Plugged in

Posted by englishlessons on February 28, 2006

Original Correction
His friends like to ask him about stock investment because he is really plugged in the financial market. His friends like to ask him about stock investments because he is really plugged in to the financial market.

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Using idioms: Think out of the box

Posted by englishlessons on February 28, 2006

The following example uses the idiom “think out of the box.” Underlines are used to show the corrections

Original Writing Correction
  1. The company has financial problem. They need to think out of the box, or they will be facing bankrupt.
  1. The company has financial problems. They need to think out of the box, or they will be facing bankruptcy.

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Using idioms: All on the same page

Posted by englishlessons on February 28, 2006

Original Writing Correction
I want to talk with my builder before I decided the projects of my house remodeling because I need to make sure we are all on the same page. I want to talk with my builder before I decide on the projects for my house remodeling because I need to make sure we are all on the same page.

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TOEIC Writing Tip: Active Voice

Posted by englishlessons on February 22, 2006

Active voice focuses on the person who performs the action.

Example: Maria made this mistake. (active)

Passive voice focuses on the results of the action.

Example: A mistake was made. (passive)

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TOEIC Pronunciation Tip: compound nouns

Posted by englishlessons on February 16, 2006

The stress usually falls on the first part of a compound noun.

Examples: SOFTware, GRANDfather, LANDlord

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TOEIC Writing Tip: gerunds

Posted by englishlessons on February 15, 2006

A gerund is a noun that is formed by adding –ing to the base form of the verb.

Examples:

He enjoys swimming.

She delayed telling the truth to the judge.

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TOEIC Pronunciation Tip – stressed syllables

Posted by englishlessons on February 14, 2006

In English every word has one syllable that is stressed more than the others.

Examples: MEDical, elecTRONics, exPENsive

Pronunciation in English shows non native speakers how to correctly apply stress in words and sentences to be more easily understood.

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An example of a common writing error

Posted by englishlessons on February 11, 2006

Original Writing Correction

  1. I don't mind to do what I can do on my end for this kind of products, but I feel that we will need your contribution as you have been doing for us because you have connections and know more people in the storage area than us.

  1. I don't mind doing what I can on my end for this kind of product, but I feel that we will need your contribution because you have connections and know more people in the storage area than we do.

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Water under the bridge

Posted by englishlessons on February 10, 2006

Water under the bridge

Definition: A past issue or problem that is no longer a concern

Example: Don’t worry about that mistake. It’s water under the bridge.

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Blow someone away

Posted by englishlessons on February 10, 2006

Blow someone away

Definition: Exceed expectations

Example: She blew them away when she made her presentation. It was wonderful.

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