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  • Language tip of the week: tell someone about something that has happened

    Posted by on February 04, 2016

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items. This week’s tip looks […]

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  • US election word of the week: caucus

    Posted by on February 03, 2016

    In this new series we will be looking at some of the language and terminology associated with the US electoral process in the runup to the Presidential election in late 2016. First off, caucus. On Monday 1st February, registered Republican and Democrat voters gathered in schools, libraries and even private homes across the state of […]

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  • Just a bunch of politicians

    Posted by on January 29, 2016

    Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, may be regretting his choice of words in a political debate earlier this week. Mr Cameron’s opposite number, Jeremy Corbyn, had spent the previous day at a refugee camp in northern France, and in a House of Commons debate the PM attacked Corbyn for “meeting with a bunch of migrants […]

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  • Language tip of the week: tell someone something

    Posted by on January 27, 2016

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items. This week’s tip looks […]

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  • Language tip of the week: talking in order to decide something

    Posted by on January 21, 2016

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items. This week’s tip looks […]

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  • Neither was or neither were?

    Posted by on January 18, 2016

    Macmillan Dictionaries recently received a query about an example at the entry for the phrase ‘neither … nor …‘. The example was this one: Neither his son nor his daughter were at the funeral. The writer queried the presence of a plural verb in this example, believing this to be incorrect because neither, being singular, […]

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  • Language tip of the week: having a conversation

    Posted by on January 13, 2016

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items. This week’s tip looks […]

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  • Language tip of the week: talk

    Posted by on January 06, 2016

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items. This week’s tip looks […]

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  • Christmas comes but once a year

    Posted by on December 23, 2015

    Since it is Christmas week I thought I’d depart from the usual theme of these posts and look at some Christmas phrases. To start with the title of the post, the phrase is from a poem by the 16th century English poet and farmer Thomas Tusser, who came from Essex, the county of my birth. […]

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  • Language tip of the week: speaking with difficulty

    Posted by on December 16, 2015

    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items. This week’s tip looks […]

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