Posts Tagged ‘ meaning ’

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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Historic and Historical

October 22, 2015
Historic and Historical

Ah, the “beauty” of -ic/-ical adjectives. Let’s look at historic and historical. The two words are often listed as synonyms, but what do they mean? When do we use them? Open a dictionary (for example, this one) and you will find the following explanations: -historic: istoric, de importanță istorică; *part of history; famous or important […]

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Dictionary Entry

July 25, 2015
Dictionary Entry

Study the way the various meanings of an English lexical item are presented in several dictionaries. Create an entry (or more than one entry) in your dictionary to illustrate your point of view. The item I chose to analyze is home. Its meanings are those of a noun, an adverb, an adjective, a verb. – Longman […]

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We welcome you!

January 9, 2015
We welcome you!

Oh… dear sweet villain! When and how did you become such a “despicable” felon? Clever, sneaky thief! How can you cause so much joy and at the same time so much grief? How can you fly us to the highest peak And yet whip us around and make us feel so weak? Where did you […]

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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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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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