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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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Some general reminders

By English Tutor: Borrow and lend. I want to repeat this because I still come across quite a bit of confusion. The one who uses borrow in a sentence is the one who is obtaining something. The recipient of something is borrowing from another. The giver of something is lending it to someone. Who and whom. Whom is rarely used […]

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Its and It’s

By English Tutor: The confusion between these two is because one of them is a possessive pronoun (its) and the other one (it's) has an apostrophe which is frequently used to mark possession. It's is simply a shorter version of saying it is or it has. Eg. The dog finished it's dinner. This sentence looks acceptable but if you mentally […]

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Where, Were and Wear

By English Tutor: Where, were and wear. The three words are commonly confused in writing more than they are in speech. Where = has to do with location. E.g. where did you go over Christmas? Were = is a form of the past tense to be used after we, you and they or a plural noun. E.g. we were at […]

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Want and Need

By English Tutor: The distinction between the two lies basically within what the intended meaning is. Wanting something has to do more with the desire for something. The wanting of something is not a matter of life or death in grammatical terms. When  someone or something is in want of something, there is no urgency. Interchanging want and need with […]

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