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English Tutor: Bombastic Words and Phrases

By Khuthadzo Malinda, South Africa: If your English teachers were anything like mine, then they would have taught you to use simple words. During comprehension writing, my English teacher would absolutely discourage us (me) using words too big for the normal everyday Joe (teacher) to understand. Well, I am not in high school anymore and these words are just plain […]

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English Tutor: Complex Prepositions

By Khuthadzo Malinda, South Africa: A preposition is a word which precedes a noun (or a pronoun) to show the noun’s (or the pronoun’s) relationship to another word in the sentence. (The word preposition comes from the idea of being positioned before. It is not true to say that a preposition always precedes a noun or a pronoun, but it does most of the time.) The following are […]

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Adverbs

By English Tutor, Africa: Adverbs are used to introduce a statement that contrasts with or seems to contradict something that has been said previously: Examples of adverbs: However, nevertheless, nonetheless, still, yet, even though, although, though, despite, in spite of, notwithstanding etc… There are quite a few of them and it can be up to you which adverb you choose […]

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Unforgivable Expose

By English Tutor, Africa: Most of my lessons are inspired by what I hear from people that I see every day; in the office and at home, and hanging out with my friends. I promised that I would expose some of my friends, and what kind of friend would I be if I didn't live up to my promise? I […]

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Vocabulary – importance?

By English Tutor, Africa: Vocabulary is all the words that a person knows, all the words in the dictionary. Synonyms of vocabulary include words, dictionary, language etc. When I lived at a commune, a house mate would always say to me, “Khuthie, I really want to learn to speak like you”. It was flattering, to hear that, but I did […]

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Grammar – Back to Basics

By English Tutor, Africa: There are many things and lessons that many of us were taught in primary and high school that were quite boring and didn't make any sense then. They are the building blocks of grammar. When you eventually construct a sentence, it is important to know what function each word plays AND this may not be the […]

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I and Me

By English Tutor: I and me tend to cause confusion when in combination with other nouns or pronouns. Politeness dictates that you should mention others before yourself in sentences. E.g. Cynthia and I enjoy reading Jane Austen books. My sisters and I have the best of fun playing with the children. However, in spoken English me is often used in […]

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