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Wander and Wonder

December 23, 2016
Wander and Wonder

I think that the easiest way to understand the difference between these two words – wander and wonder – is to actually know what they mean and to learn a couple of (short) sentences which will help you remember their meaning later on. In writing, only one letter sets them apart, therefore spelling should not […]

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Flower or Flour

May 29, 2016
Flower or Flour

To be perfectly honest, there isn’t much to say about these words, “flower” and “flour”. I chose this pair of homophones because I saw people hesitating before writing one of the two forms. They know what the words mean and they use the proper pronunciation, but it might be a bit difficult for beginners to […]

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His and He’s

May 4, 2016
His and He’s

Sometimes it is possible to know the meaning of a word, to use it properly in a given context, yet to spell it wrong if the word we wrote had a different meaning from the one we uttered. Let us take a simple example, a pair of homophones used quite often in a conversation: his […]

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Homonyms

March 2, 2015
Homonyms

Homonyms… we encounter them probably more often than we realize. They can be used in jokes and they are at times the source of mistakes. Let’s see what homonyms, homophones and homographs are and have a look at a few examples. Perfect homonyms are words that are spelled and pronounced the same way, but have different […]

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Comparison of adjectives

January 3, 2015
Comparison of adjectives

Here are some basic things that I hope you all know, plus some extra information. I The basic form of adjectives (and adverbs) 1) Short adjectives – the ones that have only one syllable, or two syllables *and* they also end in –ly, -y or -w; – form the comparative grade by adding the –(e)r termination; […]

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Verbal Forms

December 16, 2014
Verbal Forms

The infinitive, the –ing form In many cases we are required to use two verbs in succession. It is very easy to do it in Romanian because all you need is more or less a conjunction. For example: Vreau să plec la şcoală. Nu cred că voi întârzia. Ştiu să scriu un eseu. Ştiu că […]

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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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