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Not the Same: Mistaken Homophones Part Two

Correct pronunciation can often mean the difference between getting what you want and not. Recently, I posted about how the words “hobby” and “happy” confuse many students because of the way an error in pronunciation of the /p/can make them sound similar. Here is another seasonal example. In summer, many people go camping or go to the […]

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Can You Imagine?!

What are some English expressions that we can use to talk about things we can and can’t imagine? You probably already know words like possible and impossible, real and imaginary, so let’s look at some other vocabulary. We can use the verb picture.  For example, we might say: Picture a green field stretching off into […]

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Go Team: Mascots

 Most schools and sports teams have mascots. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a mascot as “a person, animal, or object adopted by a group as a symbolic figure especially to bring them good luck.” Many mascots, such as tigers, bears, lions, and eagles symbolize qualities like bravery or strength. Others represent the region that the team comes […]

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What’s the Difference Between Can and Will?

Can/can’t indicate ability while will/won’t indicate willingness. What’s the difference between ability and willingness? Ability means you have the skills. Willingness means you want to.  Look at these examples and see if you can get a feel for the difference:  This woman can help you. She has the information that you need. Unfortunately, she’s in a bad […]

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What’s the Difference Between Last as a Verb and Last as an Adverb or Adjective?

Last is a tricky word for students of English because it has many meanings and functions. When we use last as a verb, we mean continue.  My class lasts one hour. My airplane flight lasted twelve hours. The exam will last four hours. Last is a regular -ed verb. Last can also be used as an […]

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