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The first day of spring

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Friday, March 20 is the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

Spring is a season. There are four seasons in a year, spring, summer, autumn and winter. Each season is marked by different weather and hours of daylight.

It's easy to know when spring is on the way. The Sun rises earlier in the morning and sets later in the day. The days also start to get warmer.

6 Cat Idioms

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Fat cat

A negative description of a rich and powerful person.

Those fat cats in government don't care about the poor.

Cat got your tongue?

Has the cat got your tongue? is an expression we say to people when we want them to speak but they aren't.

Tell me why you are late again. What's the matter, has the cat got your tongue?

All about Adverbs

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Adverbs modify other words apart from nouns and pronouns. For example:

He was driving.

He was driving dangerously. - here the adverb modifies driving and gives us more information about the action.

5 Types of Adverbs

These are the five types of adverbs:

Adverbs of Manner:
She sings beautifully.
We ran quickly.

Using the prefix Re

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A prefix is placed at the beginning of a word to change its meaning.

Examples of prefixes include:

misunderstand, misplace, misprint

unaffected, unwanted, unconformable

discourage, disallow, disappear

Re prefix words

Re is a prefix with the meaning again, back or it indicates repetition.

What are phrasal verbs?

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A phrasal verb is a verb that has two or more words.

They are basically made of a verb and a particle.

For example:

Turn up means increase volume: Turn up the radio, I love this song!

Call off means cancel: They called off the football game because of the bad weather.

Take back means return: I need to take back these books to the library.

International Women's Day in New York

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Sunday marked International Women's Day _1_ the world.

The day when millions of people recognise the _2_ of females and call for gender equality.

Backed by the United Nations, the goal of Women's Day a is to _3_ world more freedoms and opportunity for women.

Women still earn earn _4_ than men in the workplace and are not promoted as often than men.

In some countries women are denied _5_ education, forced into marriage and are at risk of sexual abuse.

Do you know these words?

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Learning new words is probably the best part about languages. We find a new word, learn what it means, memorise it and then try to use it naturally in a conversation.

Do you have a note book where you keep a list of new words and their definitions? Many English learners do.

Doesn’t it feel like every time we learn a new word, we forget an old one! It seems like our brain only stores a certain number of foreign words so when we add a new one, our brain deletes and old one! Why is this?

How to form plural nouns

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The following sentence contains a singular noun.

They keep their car in the garage.

The following sentence contains a plural noun.

They keep their cars in the garage.

Plural nouns indicate there is more than one of something.

Making plural nouns

When a noun the ends in s, x, ch, or sh, add es to the end:

There is a an old church in the village.
There are two old churches in villages.

Oscar Winners

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The Academy Awards or The Oscars were held last night in Los Angeles. The ceremony, now in its 87th year, celebrates the best in cinema over the last twelve months.

What's the best film you have seen recently? Recommend a good movie and why we should watch it. Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

Here are some sentences describing some of last night's events, but don't have to be a film buff (expert) to take this quiz. Read through the sentences and choose the correct missing word.

Uses of prepositions

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Prepositions show the relationship between nouns or pronouns.

They are used in a variety of situations, here are five circumstances:

Prepositions of place examples

My text book is on the desk.

Did you learn English in London?

Prepositions of time examples

We go camping in summer.

I'll call you on Friday.

Prepositions of direction examples

We not allowed into the kitchen.