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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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