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Idiom of the week – Flesh out

Posted by englishlessons on September 15, 2014

Definition:

expand; give substance to an idea or plan

Examples:

We have a broad outline of the the idea, but we need to add details to flesh it out.

She provided the broad strokes while her partner fleshed out their proposal.

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Common Writing Mistakes for English Language Learners

Posted by englishlessons on November 6, 2013

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

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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. I have a new manager about two months ago.

  1. I got a new manager about two months ago./ I have had a new manager for two months.

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Common Writing Mistakes for English Language Learners

Posted by englishlessons on June 21, 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 – Intermediate+, an online, interactive program that helps you write clear, concise, and correct English.

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

Mistake Correction
  1. The client insisted in reviewing the prototype.

  1. The client insisted on reviewing the prototype.

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Common Writing Mistakes for ELL (English Language Learners)

Posted by englishlessons on February 20, 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 – Intermediate+, an online, interactive program that helps you write clear, concise, and correct English.

Writing In English - Intermediate+

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

Mistake Correction
  1. I will be in __ U.S. next week on a business trip.

  1. I will be in the U.S. next week on a business trip.

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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.

Writing In English - Intermediate+

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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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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Common Writing Mistakes for ELL (English Language Learners)

Posted by englishlessons on December 21, 2012

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 – Intermediate+, an online, interactive program that helps you write clear, concise, and correct English.

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Writing in English – Intermediate+ has interactive charts for adjective + preposition combinations in English followed by scored practices with immediate feedback.

Mistake Correction
  1. He is married with Rita.

  1. He is married to* Rita.

*This adjective + preposition combination can also be used in another way. When someone chooses to spend a lot of time at work, we say, “He is married to his job.”

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Common Writing Mistakes

Posted by englishlessons on October 16, 2012

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 Step 10 in Writing in English – High Beginning+, an online, interactive program that helps you write clear, concise, and correct English.

Step 10 has an interactive presentation for this grammar rule followed by scored practices with immediate feedback.

Mistake Correction
  1. We need detailed information on how the data migration will be cover this vendor.

  1. We need detailed information on how the data migration will be covered by this vendor.

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Common Writing Mistakes

Posted by englishlessons on September 25, 2012

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 Step 11e in Writing in English – High Beginning+, an online, interactive program that helps you write clear, concise, and correct English.

Step 11e has an interactive presentation for this grammar rule followed by scored practices with immediate feedback.

Mistake Correction
  1. I was really irritated because he made me working overtime.

  1. I was really irritated because he made me work overtime.

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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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