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The Relatives

December 16, 2014
The Relatives

We can use relative pronouns and adverbs to link two clauses together in a sentence. 1. Relative pronouns – Who is used for people, usually when it is the subject of the relative clause: The boy 1/ who came to you 2/ was an older friend of mine. 1/ (the boy was a friend, the […]

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The Passive Voice

December 15, 2014
The Passive Voice

This structure is really simple for those who already mastered the verbal tenses and the participle forms. The passive is basically: – the auxiliary TO BE + past participle form of the main verb: e.g. The homework has been done properly.  ~*~ 1) The auxiliary verb is the only one that ever changes, depending on […]

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There Their They’re

December 14, 2014
There Their They’re

Today I want to speak about some homophones we all encounter daily (there, their, they’re), what they mean and when we can use them. If we have an example like “They’re in their car over there“, we will pronounce these three words the same way, but we need to be careful when we spell them. […]

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Abbreviations – Part 2

June 12, 2014
Abbreviations – Part 2

We have spoken about abbreviations before. I’ve looked for more and found a few to be brought together in a second part of the previous article on this subject. I will skip another long introduction and leave you with a new list: -A.D.: anno Domini (in the year of the Lord) -BBC: British Broadcasting Corporation […]

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Abbreviations

April 10, 2014
Abbreviations

We’ve all encountered them at some point, in our own language or in a foreign one: the abbreviations, the ones that can make our lives either easier or a lot more difficult. Why? It’s all very nice when you know the meaning behind them and can use them in writing or understand the message from […]

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Tongue twisters

March 8, 2014
Tongue twisters

We’ve all stumbled upon tongue twisters at least once. They are groups of words difficult to articulate, for both native speakers and foreigners, because of the sounds forming them and can be funny or irritating, but always useful when it comes to practicing one’s pronunciation. They are often used as word-games. The key is to […]

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Rolul cratimei

February 21, 2014
Rolul cratimei

Pe scurt… folosim cratima în următoarele situații: – este marcată elidarea unei vocale. De obicei e vorba de î: „stele-n frunte”; – sunt legate două cuvinte care formează împreună o silabă; – se evită hiatul; – dacă vorbim de versuri, cratima contribuie la realizarea măsurii și la păstrarea ritmului. by Elena Atudosiei  

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Clasificarea consoanelor în limba română

February 14, 2014

Consoanele sunt sunete ale căror trăsături sunt determinate de prezenţa unor obstacole în calea fluxului de aer emis. În distingerea consoanelor sunt implicate trei mecanisme  articulatorii: vibraţia coardelor sau lipsa vibraţiilor, care creează opoziţia sonor/ surd; modul de articulare, care produce sunete oclusive, semioclusive, fricative (constrictive), sonante lichide (laterale şi vibrante) şi oclusive nazale; locul de articulare al […]

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