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Understanding the Differences between Formal and Informal Languages

Chances are you have once wondered what the big deal is with formal and informal ways of speaking and writing. But there is nothing to be puzzled about; really. When talking about formal and informal languages, we are referring to the tone, the choice of words and the way the words are put together vary [...]

Classwork Series and Exercises {English Language – JSS3}: Prepositions and Weak Forms in Spoken English

English Language JSS3 First Term Week 9 Contents: Grammar: Prepositions Speech work: Weak Forms Grammar: Prepositions 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 [...]

GRAMMAR CLINIC: The Real Difference Between ENVY and JEALOUSY

There are many words in English that have very similar definitions, so similar that it’s difficult to tell some of these words apart at times. Jealousy and envy are two such words. People treat these words as synonyms constantly, but do they really have the same meanings? If you look at the words closely, there [...]

Grammar Clinic: The Real Difference Between DESERT and DESSERT

People often confuse the usage of these two words 'Desert' and 'Dessert'. Desert has more than one meaning and two different pronunciations. But you should be able to keep these words straight if you tell yourself that the two s's in Dessert stand for "sweet stuff." A desert (stress on the first syllable)is a dry, [...]

Grammar Clinic: The REAL difference between EMPATHY and SYMPATHY

Empathy is the ability to mutually experience the thoughts, emotions, and direct experience of others. It goes beyond sympathy, which is a feeling of care and understanding for the suffering of others. Both words have similar usage but differ in their emotional meaning. Comparison chart Empathy Sympathy Definition Understanding what others are feeling because you [...]

Grammar Clinic: Check Out These Grammar Mistakes; Do You Still Make Any?

Below are some common grammar mistakes I see routinely, not only in editorial queries and submissions, but in print: in HR manuals, blogs, magazines, newspapers, trade journals, and even best selling novels. If it makes you feel any better, I’ve made each of these mistakes a hundred times, and I know some of the best authors [...]

Grammar Clinic: The REAL difference between DO and MAKE (And when to use each one)

This article is intended to help you decipher the differences between Do and Make, and when to use each one. Read on: Basic Difference between DO and MAKE Use DO for actions, obligations, and repetitive tasks. Use MAKE for creating or producing something, and for actions you choose to do. DO generally refers to the [...]

By |2019-11-13T05:37:26+01:00April 15th, 2016|Categories: Grammar Clinic|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Grammar Clinic: The REAL difference between COMPLEMENT and COMPLIMENT

These two words are pronounced the same, but they are spelled differently and have different meanings. COMPLIMENT (noun, verb) Compliment can be both a noun and a verb. A compliment is a positive comment about someone or something, for example: “You have beautiful eyes!” And the verb compliment (or the expression “pay someone a compliment”) [...]

Classwork Series and Exercises {English Language – JSS3}: How To Write A Play and Study A Novel

English Language JSS3 Second Term Week 9 Contents: Literature: Features of a Play Skill Focus: How to write a speech Literature: Features of a Play Plays have the following features: The speakers' names are printed in capitals at the beginning of their speech, with a colon following the name. E.g. DANIEL:, TOLU: e.t.c A play may also [...]

10 Tips to Help You Improve Your English Writing Skills

Whether it’s an English Essay exam, a letter or just a cover letter, using correct grammar and the right vocabulary will ensure the message is delivered clearly, concisely and effectively. Writing and reading periodicals, books or newspapers are fun and creative ways to improve grammar and vocabulary whilst gaining insight on compelling issues. Learning how [...]

By |2019-11-13T03:39:14+01:00January 14th, 2016|Categories: Grammar Clinic|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment
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