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  • Real Grammar Quiz, Question 1: Who or Whom?

    Posted by on September 30, 2014

    Real Grammar isn’t about the made-up or outdated “rules” which some people try to make us follow. As we said in the introduction to this new series from Macmillan Dictionary, Real Grammar is based on the evidence of language in use. In the coming months, we’ll be bringing you blog posts and videos that give […]

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  • Keeping it real with Real Grammar

    Posted by on September 25, 2014

    Real Grammar isn’t about the made-up or outdated “rules” which some people try to make us follow. As we said in the introduction to this new series from Macmillan Dictionary, Real Grammar is based on the evidence of language in use. In the coming months, we’ll be bringing you blog posts and videos that give […]

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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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  • 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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  • Macmillan Dictionary keeps on growing

    Posted by on September 10, 2014

    Following our recent redesign, a new “edition” of the Macmillan Dictionary went live this week, this time including 130 new headwords, 40 new phrases or meanings, and over 100 tweaks to improve what’s already there. As usual, new technology provides its share of additions (with words like bioprinting, phablet, wireframe, and the software-testing use of […]

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  • What’s your English? is home to roost

    Posted by on September 09, 2014

    We’ve been around the world and in and out of contexts in our search to understand and share what English is in the world, right now. The What’s Your English? 2010 campaign explored English usage in countries from Australia to Japan to Brazil. The 2011 campaign looked at English usage in different contexts: business English, metaphorical English, gender […]

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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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  • Life skills tip of the week: ways of saying goodbye

    Posted by on August 26, 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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  • New pragmatics lesson plan: saying hello and goodbye

    Posted by on August 19, 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 saying hello and goodbye. What’s included? Worksheets for students, tips for teachers, as well as an answer key and suggested follow-up activities. All pragmatics lesson plans […]

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