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  • Language tip of the week: another

    Posted by on September 25, 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 pronoun and determiner another: Another is written as one […]

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  • New pragmatics lesson plan: ways of giving advice

    Posted by on September 23, 2014

    Have you seen our latest lesson plan by author Jonathan Marks? This new resource is part of the ‘expressing yourself’ series and helps learners review and consolidate ways of giving advice. What’s included? Worksheets for students, tips for teachers, as well as an answer key and suggested follow-up activities. All pragmatics lesson plans – including […]

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  • Word roots and routes: sit and stand

    Posted by on September 22, 2014

    Next in a series of posts exploring some of the ‘roots’ and ‘routes’ of English vocabulary. The verb sit has the transitive, causal equivalent set, originally to ’cause to sit‘, or ‘put into a seated position’, but of course the meanings of set have diversified greatly, and the usual way of expressing ‘put into a […]

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  • Language tip of the week: forget

    Posted by on September 18, 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 alternatives for the verb forget: have no recollection of something to be completely […]

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  • Life skills tip of the week: ways of giving advice

    Posted by on September 16, 2014

    Learning about pragmatics and how to express yourself successfully is a useful life skill, said Michael Rundell in January when he introduced the new pragmatics series on Macmillan Dictionary. The series is part of the Macmillan Life Skills campaign, offering free resources for English language students and teachers each month. As part of the series, we’ll bring more useful content and […]

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  • Life skills tip of the week: understatement

    Posted by on September 12, 2014

    As part of this year’s pragmatics series, we bring more useful content and tips from the Macmillan Dictionary on expressing yourself. The previous language tip looked at ways of saying you are unsure about something. This week’s tip gives some ways of using understatement. Understatement is the practice, very common in spoken English, of saying […]

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  • Language tip of the week: trip

    Posted by on September 11, 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 alternatives for the noun trip: journey a trip from one place to another, […]

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  • Exactly, but not exactly

    Posted by on September 08, 2014

    The basic meanings of ‘exactly’ are: 1 not more and not less – e.g. ‘Is it really important to measure the quantities exactly?’ 2 completely / in every way – e.g. ‘You haven’t changed at all – you look exactly the same’. Apart from these, ‘exactly’ has a number of other common, pragmatic uses, especially […]

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  • Language tip of the week: risk

    Posted by on September 04, 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 patterns that follow the noun risk. The noun risk is not […]

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  • “Real Grammar” – accept no substitutes!

    Posted by on September 02, 2014

    Welcome to our new series on “Real Grammar”, which kicks off with a quiz. But this is a grammar quiz with a difference. As regular readers will know, all of us who write for the Macmillan Dictionary Blog have consistently argued that most grammar quizzes (and for that matter, most websites dispensing advice on “correct […]

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