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Archive for January, 2013

Common Writing Mistakes for ELL (English Language Learners)

Posted by englishlessons on January 28, 2013

It can be challenging to find your own mistakes in an email or an essay for a test like the TOEFL or TOEIC.  

The mistake below is covered in Writing in English – High Beginning+, an online, interactive program that helps you write clear, concise, and correct English.

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Writing in English – High Beginning+ has interactive, scored practices with immediate feedback to help you correct common mistakes.

Mistake Correction
  1. How many engineers you need for this project?

  1. How many engineers do you need for this project?

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Idioms of the week – Lose one’s shirt

Posted by englishlessons on January 28, 2013

Definition:

lose all one’s money

Examples:

I don’t recommend investing in that deal. It’s very risky; you could lose your shirt.

He lost his shirt when he invested all his money in that company, and it went bankrupt.

Picture it:

Picture losing all your money and possessions, even your shirt.

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Idiom of the week – All over the map

Posted by englishlessons on January 21, 2013

Definition:

widely scattered or distributed; differing greatly

Examples:

The reactions to the change were all over the map. Some people were pleased, some were angry, and some were indifferent.

The politician accused his rival of being all over the map on the subject of taxes. He said she had changed her position more than once over the past year.

Picture it:

Picture trying to track the path of something or someone on a map but finding tracks spread out at many different points with no clear direction.

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Idiom of the week – Turn the tide

Posted by englishlessons on January 14, 2013

Definition:

cause a complete reversal of the circumstances

Examples:

Her support of this politician helped turn the tide of public opinion in his favor, and he won the election.

My favorite sports team was not performing well, but they hired a new coach and that turned the tide. They are now competing for the championship.

Picture it:

Picture the changes in the ocean as the tide ebbs and flows.

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Common Writing Mistakes for ELL (English Language Learners)

Posted by englishlessons on January 7, 2013

It can be challenging to find your own mistakes in an email or an essay for a test like the TOEFL or TOEIC.  

The mistake below is covered in Writing in English – High Beginning+, an online, interactive program that helps you write clear, concise, and correct English.

Writing In English - Intermediate+

Writing in English – High Begining+ has interactive, scored practices with immediate feedback to help you correct common mistakes.

Mistake Correction
  1. We have faced number of hurdles which we predicted and some could have avoided with more planning.

  1. We have faced a number of hurdles which we predicted, and some could have been avoided with more planning.

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Idiom of the week – Make a pitch for something

Posted by englishlessons on January 7, 2013

Definition:

try to persuade people to support something

Examples:

She made a pitch for a new product at the trade show.

The animator pitched his idea* for a film to the movie studio.

* Note that this idiom can be used without the verb “make.” In this example, the word “pitched” is a verb.

Picture it:

Picture someone pitching or throwing a baseball to an individual or a group.

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Idiom of the week – Keep a lid on something

Posted by englishlessons on January 2, 2013

Definition:

control or limit something; suppress something

Examples:

They hope the policies of the Federal Reserve will help to keep a lid on prices.

I don’t think we’ll be able to keep a lid on this scandal. It will soon be public.

Picture it:

Picture putting a lid on a jar full of something, so that it won’t spill out if it is moved.

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