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Blog posts written for intermediate level English learners.

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What’s the Difference? Must Not vs. Don’t Have To

There is a big difference between telling someone “You mustn’t drink alcohol” and telling him “You don’t have to drink alcohol.” Meaning: Must not means that the action is illegal or dangerous.  If I overhear the first speaker, I think this is a doctor telling someone that his health will be ruined if alcohol crosses […]

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Strangers and Strange People

Do I Know You? What’s the difference between a stranger and a strange person?

“Talk to strangers every day!”  I tell my students.  “If you want to improve your English more quickly, speak with strangers whenever and wherever you can.” Often they look shocked.  “I don’t want to talk to strangers,” they say.  “I cross the street when I see a stranger.” That’s how I know they are probably […]

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What is the difference: Possibility, Choice, and Option?

Many students confuse these three nouns: “possibility,” “choice,” and “option.” How do they differ?   If we say that something is a possibility, that means it is something that could be true. It is something that could happen. It is thinkable. It’s cloudy today. Rain is a possibility. Will it rain? Maybe. Maybe not. Josie […]

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