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How to Write a Formal Email

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Whether it is for business or for other purposes, knowing how to write a formal or professional email is an extremely valuable skill.

In the subject line of your email, be sure to use a short, clear description of your reason for emailing. Avoid things like 'Hello' or leaving the subject line blank.

Before you’ve even started to write your email, it’s important to know how to use titles when addressing someone.

- For men, using ‘Mr’ along with either their surname or first name is appropriate

4 Cool English Words to Expand Your Vocabulary

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If you catch yourself using the same words over and over again, use these adjectives to expand your vocabulary and impress your friends and teachers! Visit our blog post to see a visual portrayal of each words' definition, and test your knowledge here.

1. Enlightening - giving you more information and understanding of something; can be spiritual

What is the difference between e.g. and i.e.?

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These two abbreviations are commonly used incorrectly by native and non-native speakers alike. While they are similar and both come from Latin roots, these words should not be used interchangeably.

E.g. comes from the Latin exempli gratia, meaning ‘for example’. It is used to give an example of what was just stated.

The restaurant serves all kinds of Italian food, e.g. pizza, pasta, a variety of desserts.

Common Acronyms and Abbreviations

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What’s the difference between an ‘acronym’ and an ‘abbreviation’? Well, an acronym is a word made up of the first letters of a phrase; an abbreviation is a shortened version of a word.

Acronyms and abbreviations are commonly used are by native speakers, and can be quite confusing for anyone learning English for the first time. To help you understand some of these terms, let’s take a look at some of the most common acronyms and abbreviations in use.

1. 24/7

4 Ways to Use 'Though'

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Have you ever read or heard the word ‘though’? This rather informal word can be confusing for students and native speakers alike! In this lesson we discuss the different uses and meanings of the word ‘though’.

It is often used to describe a ‘contrasting’ situation, in which the speaker is aware that it is contradictory, however both parts remain true. Pronounced like “thow” (ðəʊ). There are 4 main uses of ‘though’:

 

Phrasal Verb Hang On

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Let's take a look at some meanings of the phrasal verb hang on. The past tense of the verb hang is hung or hanged.

To hold/cling something tightly.

"Hang on! Don't let go of the rope!"

To continue with something difficult.

"Hang on, don't give up yet, we're almost at the finish line."

To keep a telephone connection open.

What are compound words?

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Joining two or more small words togther to make a new larger one is how compound words are made.

Three types of compound word

When compound words have spaces between them they are called open compound nouns: child care, work day, and time saver.

When compound words are joined with no space they are called closed compound words: skateboard, football and airport.

What are crutch words?

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A crutch is a stick you put under your arm to help you walk if you have injured your leg. Basically, a crutch is something you use for support, but you don't have to have had an injury to use a crutch word.

When we want to give ourselves more time to think or to emphasize a point, we use use crutch words; they support us when we are speaking.

Well or Good?

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What's the difference between well and good?

Basically, use good to describe a thing and use well to describe an activity.

Good is an adjective

Use good to describe a noun.

You smell good. I like your perfume.
(good describes the noun you)

This is a good song.

What a good boy.

You speak good English.

Well is an adverb

Winter Holidays in London

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For a great cultural experience, you should try London in the holiday season.

What to do

Visit Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park for instant Christmas spirit. Expect winter markets, fairground rides, ice skating and grottos.

Christmas light displays and decorations make London shine over the holiday season. The world-famous Christmas lights of Oxford Street and huge Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square must be seen.