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What is the Difference between Useful and Convenient?

When students in the U.S. apply to college, they often have an interviewer.  The interviewer may ask them many “normal” questions, such as “Why do you want to study at our university?” or “What are your future goals?”  The interviewer may also ask a much stranger question, such as “How many ways can you think […]

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More On Polite English

More on Using Polite English

Some languages, like Korean, Japanese, Spanish, and German, have polite forms built into them.  Speakers of these languages can choose a special form of “you” for older or important people and a different form of “you” for younger people.  They use a special form of the verb that is more polite. How do Americans speak […]

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What is the Difference Between a Gerund and a Present Participle

What is the difference between a gerund and a present participle? Both a gerund and a present participle come from a verb, and both end in –ing. However, each has a different function.  A gerund acts like a noun while a present participle acts like a verb or adjective. Example: snowboarding Snowboarding can be a […]

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