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Modal verbs for making deductions

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:06:43 +0000

English language learners are often confused by the many different uses of modal verbs.  Each modal verb can be used for several different reasons, and sometimes we can use more than one modal verb for the same reason. One important rule to remember about modal verbs in the present is that they are always followed … Continue reading Modal verbs for making deductions



A long list of English expressions and idioms!

Tue, 21 May 2013 11:29:55 +0000

The other day someone asked me how many English expressions and idioms we had featured on the World of Words since it started. With several hundred articles each featuring at least five new English expressions or idioms, there must be well over a thousand English words, expressions and idioms explained on this site. Here’s a … Continue reading A long list of English expressions and idioms!



Urban Dictionary: The English Words of Young People

Sun, 21 Oct 2012 11:41:48 +0000

Growing up in London has made me realise that the correct English language is a bit of a myth. The only person I remember ever speaking the correct English language in my entire life was my Secondary School Head Teacher. To be fair she was about 70 something year old, it would have been very … Continue reading Urban Dictionary: The English Words of Young People



A Beginner’s Guide to Cockney Rhyming Slang

Sun, 30 Sep 2012 16:09:47 +0000

What is Cockney rhyming slang? If you’ve ever been to London and witnessed people speaking a strange kind of English that you didn’t understand, you were probably hearing Cockney rhyming slang. CRS replaces one word with a pair of words that rhyme with it. For example, ‘trouble and strife’ means ‘wife’ in Cockney rhyming slang, … Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Cockney Rhyming Slang



Languages of the internet – Infographic

Thu, 23 Aug 2012 16:30:34 +0000

Will English soon die out as the most dominant language on the Internet and be replaced by Chinese language? According to data gathered by Today translations English still retains the number one spot among Internet users. However, China has the highest population of any single country in the world and Internet usage has seen a … Continue reading Languages of the internet – Infographic



English Proverbs

Tue, 17 Jul 2012 20:20:58 +0000

Today’s article is a guest post by Ivana. A proverb is a simple saying popularly known and repeated throughout time, which conveys a truth, a thought or a reflection, often metaphorically, based on the practical experience of humanity. A proverb describing a basic rule of behavior is known as a maxim. Proverbs are mainly used … Continue reading English Proverbs



39 advanced English vocabulary quizzes to test yourself with

Tue, 22 May 2012 19:54:44 +0000

For those of you who are new to the World of Words and missed out on the advanced vocabulary quizzes I posted a couple of years, here is a list of them in order. Taking the quizzes is simple, click the answer you think is right then click ‘next’. When you get to the end … Continue reading 39 advanced English vocabulary quizzes to test yourself with