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Showing offence

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When someone says something to you which is rude, they are being offensive; you are offended (you are shocked and angry). When we take offence to what someone has said we use the following phrases to let the person know that we are not happy with what they said:

Continuous Passives

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Let's take a look at how to make continuous passive sentences.

First of all, let's look an example active sentence:

'The workers are painting the bridge.'

In the above sentence:

How to use tact

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The time has come to speak of Uncle Len. Those of you with a better than average memory may remember me mentioning him in passing a couple of months ago. Uncle Len is a lawyer, and he sort of warned me that if his name ever appeared in any of my articles, he would sue me so hard that my children’s children’s children would still be paying his children’s children’s children damages long after the two of us were dead and gone.


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Here we show you how to build your vocabulary and how to guess the meaning of new words. A prefix is added at the front of words to make new ones. Knowing the meanings of prefixes will help you to guess the meanings of words. Below are ten common prefixes, what they mean and some examples.

How to use Some and Any

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'I bought some bread' or 'I bought any bread'?


Countable and uncountable

Some is used with both countable and uncountable nouns:

Upper Intermediate reading exercise 'The Happy Prince'

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Read the start of 'The Happy Prince' by Oscar Wilde and answer the comprehension questions:

High above the city, on a tall column, stood the statue of the Happy Prince. He was gilded all over with thin leaves of fine gold, for eyes he had two bright sapphires, and a large red ruby glowed on his sword-hilt.

Visit Malta: reading and vocab practice

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SMS English

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Phrasal Verb - Move

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move away

Move away: To move away means that you leave one place to go and live in another.

'I was born in London, but we moved away to Liverpool when I was very young.'

Colour idioms

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Here are some common colour idioms and expressions. Are any of these similar in your language?

black idioms

black and white

When something is black and white it is very clear to understand and decide if you think it is good or bad.

'This is a black and white situation. You are either with us or against us.'