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Is English Important to You? - Rhetorical Questions

Wed, 28 May 2014 12:13:09 +00002014-05-28T12:13:09Z

The question in the title isn't really a question, it's a rhetorical question. In other words, it's a question that has an obvious answer and is asked to point your attention towards something. Here are a few more:

What's more important family or work?
Haven't you learned a lot on this site?

Learn how to use rhetorical questions in English by studying the different situations in which rhetorical questions are asked.




Worksheets with Explanations

Thu, 22 May 2014 10:06:40 +00002014-05-22T10:06:40Z

Use these one page worksheets to quickly review grammar concepts and immediately follow-up with a short quiz to test your understanding.

Conditional Forms Worksheet
Reported Speech Worksheet
Complex Sentences Worksheet
Past Perfect Worksheet
More Worksheets




Use a MindMap to Help with Vocabulary

Mon, 19 May 2014 12:37:06 +00002014-05-19T12:37:06Z

One of the most common ways to learn new vocabulary is to create lists. The only problem with lists is that there is often no context. In other words, the words on your list contain no relationship to each other. MindMaps create that context. Use this guide to using MindMaps to learn English vocabulary to change your vocabulary learning style and remember words more easily! Teachers can use this reading comprehension with MindMaps lesson to help students better retain what they've read. Finally, this guide on how to create vocabulary lists will help you get organized.




What are you paying?

Wed, 14 May 2014 10:03:44 +00002014-05-14T10:03:44Z

There are a number of different types of payments we make in English. We might pay an electricity bill, or ask for the check at a restaurant. Here are some other examples:

The membership fee is $125 per month.
The invoice for the repairs came to $2,000.

Use the guide to learn the differences between different types of payment in both business and everyday life. For those in business focus on using the right phrases for sales and acquisitions.




On and Off with Devices

Mon, 12 May 2014 10:31:27 +00002014-05-12T10:31:27Z

We all have multiple gadgets that use electricity. In fact, we are surrounded by them all the time. In English, we can use 'turn on' or 'turn off'' with most of these gadgets:

I turned on the TV.
Alan turned the radio off.

However, there are many, many more verbs that we can use to express 'turn on / off', as well as verbs used to indicate that we adjust something. Learn the correct verbs for turning on / off for a wide variety of gadgets from your lights to your brand new tablet.




More Exciting Than or Then?

One common English mistake is the little one letter difference between 'then' and 'than'.