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Data is or data are?

April 18, 2014

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I suppose we all can (to some extent) count, right? But for some words it’s hard to tell. So, let’s see how to make heads or tails of it. data is or data are this word is quite tricky, and it depends on how you look at it. It’s natural to imagine data as a whole sum of information, that’s […]

Fewer and less

December 4, 2012

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Less and fewer are two varieties of one meaning, which describes small amounts of things. Remember that small can make a big difference. If you can’t count a single component of something (a noun) you use less, for instance you can’t count flour, coffee, food, health, even money. E: I think there is less money […]

Besides vs. except

October 29, 2012

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Besides and except seems to have the same meaning at first, but there is a slight difference you should be aware of, just in case not to be an exception in your class.) + For besides you add something in addition. – For except you (minus) take something away. E: I’m not that picky, in fact I like all women […]

Practise/Practice makes perfect?

September 3, 2012

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Confusion over spelling of practise and practice is quite common among students. Here are some tips to spot it out. Practise – a verb Practice – a noun – “S” for action and “C” for subject, e.g, advise (v), advice (n) E: I have to practise to be the perfect one. E: Practice makes perfect. […]

“At all”

August 7, 2012

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At all stresses negative statement. It means that you should (if you would like to speak very proper English) use all all describing negative formulation. W: Do you love me at all? W: Are you going with us at all? R: I had a birthday party yesterday. No one came at all. R: I think she doesn’t like my […]

Between or Among?

July 29, 2012

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Have you ever had trouble deciding between among and between? Or among them? Between was related to the number two in old English. It naturally follows that we should use between describing position of two objects or things. E: You are standing between me and him. E: What is the difference between Pretty woman and Cinderella? […]

#Almost

July 20, 2012

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~ Very nearly >> Almost must come before the word or phrase it modifies. R: There was almost nothing before the Big Bang. W: There almost was nothing before the Big Bang.