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Vocabulary

Homophones - Same pronunciation different meaning

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Homophones are words that have a different spelling, different meaning but the same pronunciation.

For example:

I went to the sea to see my friend.

The words sea and see have the same pronunciation but different meanings and spellings.

Homophone Examples

Buy/By

Buy her a present for her birthday.
She lives by a park.

'Up' Phrasal Verbs

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Up is a small word with a wide use in English. Today we look at phrasal verbs and collocations that feature it.

All can be an adverb, preposition, adjective noun and verb. Read through this text and choose the correct missing words.

There, Their and They're

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Because most native English speakers pronounce the words there, their and they're the same way, it can be difficult to understand the difference in meaning. The difference in meaning is very important when writing. Using the wrong one in your email is a big mistake. Let's find out the difference in meaning.

There

There is used to show that something exists or happens. Use there for positions - there is the opposite of here.

Is there a post office nearby?

Parts of Speech Quiz

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Some words are more than one part of speech. For example, cook is both a verb and a noun.

Noun: The cook is busy in the kitchen.
Verb: I don't want to cook, let's go to a restaurant instead.

The Verb

A verb is a word that describes an action, state or occurrence. He are some basic forms of  the verb walk.

Year of the Horse

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According to Chinese zodiac, 2014 is the year of the horse. The previous horse years were 2002, 1990 and 1978. People born in the year of the horse are said to be a bit like horses.

"Horse personalities" are said to be very active, ambitious, multi-taskers and fond of exercise. On the other hand, negative aspects of horses are they may be impatient, greedy and unconcerned with the problems of others.

Cultural Lesson: St. Patrick's Day

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Saint Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious holiday _1_ every year on 17 March, the death date of the most commonly-recognised patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. A patron saint is a saint who is believed to _2_ a particular place or type of person.

In the Hospital

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Read through these three paragraphs. Can you tell what the orange words are? All the letters have been scrambled. Rearrange the letters to find the correct spellings.

I broke my leg playing football. My friends called an ecnaalubm to take me to hospital. It took 20 minutes to arrive.

Idiom of the Day: Slip up

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slip up idiom

This cartoon is based on the double meaning of slip.

Slip as a verb means to lose balance and perhaps fall, especially on a slippery surface like ice.
"Be careful of the ice. You might slip."
"She slipped on the wet floor and broke her ankle."

What are Collocations?

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In English we don't make our homework, we do our homework. We don't do a mistake, we make a mistake. We don't make a party, we have a party. These are examples of collocations. Collocations are combinations of words which are usually used together.

In the news: Missing Plane

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In the early hours of Saturday morning, a jetliner carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew took off from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur for Beijing in China. The aircraft ceased all communications and its signal was lost above the sea as it approached Vietnam. The airplane has not been seen since and no confirmed wreckage has been found.