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  • Language tip of the week: independence

    Posted by on July 24, 2014

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc. This week’s language tip helps with the spelling of the noun independence: Note that the correct spelling is independence […]

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  • Language tip of the week: risk

    Posted by on July 17, 2014

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc. This week’s language tip helps with the patterns following the verb risk: The verb risk is never followed by […]

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  • Word roots and routes: dict

    Posted by on July 14, 2014

    Next in a series of posts exploring some of the ‘roots’ and ‘routes’ of English vocabulary. Although say, tell and word are of Germanic origin, like most of the commonest English words, quite a bit of other vocabulary connected with words and with saying is derived from Latin dicere (= ‘say’). To dictate was originally […]

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  • Language tip of the week: accommodation

    Posted by on July 10, 2014

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc. This week’s language tip helps with spelling the noun accommodation: The word accommodation is often spelled wrongly. It has […]

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  • Language tip of the week: prevent

    Posted by on July 03, 2014

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc. This week’s language tip helps with using the verb prevent: The verb prevent is never followed by an infinitive. […]

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  • Word roots and routes: sun

    Posted by on June 30, 2014

    Next in a series of posts exploring some of the ‘roots’ and ‘routes’ of English vocabulary. Sun and son are homophones – they happen to have the same pronunciation, but their spellings are different, and their meanings and origins are unrelated. Germanic, Latin and Greek have all contributed to our vocabulary connected with the sun. Germanic […]

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  • Language tip of the week: funny

    Posted by on June 26, 2014

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc. This week’s language tip looks at some other ways of saying something is funny: amusing fairly funny, in a […]

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  • Language tip of the week: cook

    Posted by on June 19, 2014

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc. This week’s language tip looks at some other ways of saying cook: boil to cook food in boiling water: […]

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  • Word roots and routes: moon

    Posted by on June 16, 2014

    Next in a series of posts exploring some of the ‘roots’ and ‘routes’ of English vocabulary. Throughout the ages, people have gazed at the moon in its changing manifestations, worshipped it, invested it with magical powers or human characteristics, and woven it into myths and stories. In some languages it even gives its name to […]

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  • Language tip of the week: discuss

    Posted by on June 12, 2014

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc. This week’s language tip helps with the verb discuss: The verb discuss should not be followed by the preposition […]

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