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Blue Mondays

Blue Mondays

A History of the Days of the Week in English (And how to pronounce them) When it came to calendar stuff, Germanic people generally copied the Romans, who named their days of the week after gods or planets. The traditional first day was given the name of the most...
AS for AS

AS for AS

Last time, I tried to summarise the uses of the keyword LIKE in English. This time, I’m attacking its confusing partner in crime: the even-more-useful AS. AS versus LIKE The first problem with this word for many people is how to distinguish it from LIKE. I said last...
Making you Do Things

Making you Do Things

In my last blog, I said that if you’re not sure about the differences between the verbs do and make, you should start with do as your main option and learn ‘exceptions’ when you need make. The first occurs when you want to emphasise that you’ve created something new,...
The Dangers of Eating in English

The Dangers of Eating in English

If politics and religion are the biggest conversational taboos at business lunches, the safest and most obvious option is probably the food itself. But even here, there are enough linguistic traps in English to make eating out a hazardous experience for the...

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