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Archive for July, 2012

Common Writing Mistakes

Posted by englishlessons on July 31, 2012

 

Mistake Correction
  1. The client insisted to meet with us tomorrow.

  1. The client insisted on meeting with us tomorrow.

It can be challenging to find your own mistakes in writing.

The mistake above is covered in Step 18b in Writing in English – Intermediate+, an online, interactive program that helps you write clear, concise, and correct English.

Step 18b has an interactive chart  with  verb and preposition combinations in English.

The second problem with this sentence is that when you use a preposition like “on,” it should be followed by a gerund, “meeting,” not an infinitive, “to meet.”

If you are confused about when to use gerunds in English, you can find interactive charts and rules for use in Steps 11-14 in Writing in English – High Beginning+.

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Idiom of the week – Down the road

Posted by englishlessons on July 26, 2012

Definition:

in the future

Examples:

I’m not sure what our plans will be down the road.

Down the road, we plan to expand the business.

Picture it:

If something is down the road, you haven’t arrived there yet; it is in the future. Note: This idiom has the same meaning as “down the line.”
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Common Writing Mistakes

Posted by englishlessons on July 24, 2012

 

Mistake Correction
  1. Some of you are probably aware about the recent changes .

  1. Some of you are probably aware of the recent changes.

It can be challenging to find your own mistakes in writing.

The mistake above is covered in Step 18a in Writing in English – Intermediate+, an online, interactive program that helps you write clear, concise, and correct English.

Step 18a has an interactive chart  with  adjective and preposition combinations in English.

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Idiom of the week – A quick study

Posted by englishlessons on July 18, 2012

Definition:

a person who learns new things quickly and easily

Examples:

I like working with her. She’s a quick study.

The new employee is a quick study; we want him on our team.

Picture it:

If someone is a quick study, he/she can learn things in a short time.

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Idiom of the week- Have two left feet

Posted by englishlessons on July 10, 2012

Definition:

be awkward or clumsy

Examples:

I feel like I have two left feet when I’m learning a new martial arts routine.

He doesn’t like to dance. He says he has two left feet.

Picture it:

If you had two left feet, it would be very difficult to follow instructions for dance steps or even marching.

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Idiom of the week – An uphill battle

Posted by englishlessons on July 3, 2012

Definition:

very difficult; requiring a lot of effort

Examples:

Convincing her grandfather to change his habits was an uphill battle.

Campaigning against the popular politician was an uphill battle for his challenger.

Picture it:

Holding the higher ground is a key strategy in battle. It is always more difficult for the forces fighting an uphill battle to win.

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