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‘So to say’ vs. ‘so to speak’ in English
Both “so to speak” and “so to say” can be found in English literature and English dictionaries. However, take a look at the following (...)
July 25, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Map of languages and language families of Europe
The following map shows the language families present in Europe (distinguished by colour) and the major languages within those families. (...)
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Comma after ‘i.e.’ and ‘e.g.’
The abbreviations i.e. (which means “that is” or “in other words”, from Latin id est) and e.g. (which means “for example”, from Latin (...)
July 19, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Immigration in Europe: Map of the percentage and country of origin of immigrants
Migration is a common phenomenon in Europe. The growth in the number of immigrants has been even more pronounced after the formation of (...)
July 13, 2015 – Jakub MarianMaps
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‘Compare to’ vs. ‘compare with’ in English
Some authors claim that “compare to” and “compare with” mean essentially the same, but this is not supported by actual data. The verb (...)
July 12, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Difference between ‘stay’ and ‘stand’
To stay means “not to change location or value; to remain”. To stand means “to be in a vertical position (on one’s feet, in case you (...)
July 9, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Difference between ‘engine’ and ‘motor’
Both engine and motor refer to a device used to convert some form of energy into mechanical motion. They are sometimes used (...)
July 4, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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German suffix -anz: feminine nouns
To say that all German nouns ending with “anz” are feminine would be inaccurate, but there is a grain of truth in that. All German nouns (...)
July 2, 2015 – Jakub MarianGerman
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Present perfect with a specific time in the past
The present perfect expresses the idea of “an action that was finished at some unspecified point in the past”. Saying “I have done (...)
July 1, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘On time’ vs. ‘in time’ – the difference
The difference between “on time” and “in time” is a subtle one, and the two expressions may sometimes be used interchangeably. (...)
June 30, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Origin of the words ‘camelopard’ and ‘giraffe’
Despite David Mitchell’s funny rant about the origin of the word camelopard, an archaic English word for giraffe, camelopard is not a (...)
June 28, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘Wait for’ vs. ‘wait on’ – which preposition?
When you await someone or something, the historically more common way of saying it is that you “wait on them” or “wait upon them”. Be (...)
June 27, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘A lot of’, ‘a number of’, ‘a couple of’ – singular or plural verb?
Although “a lot” is, grammatically speaking, a noun in the singular (like “a house” or “a book”), “a lot of” functions as a so-called (...)
June 24, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Why buying Facebook ads for page likes is a complete waste of money
My Facebook page recently got close to about 5,800 followers, and I thought it would be nice to help it reach 6,000 with the help Facebook (...)
June 23, 2015 – Jakub MarianBlog
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‘Anybody have’ vs. ‘anybody has’ in questions
Have you ever heard someone say, “Anybody have an idea how …?”, and wondered whether it should be “anybody has”? Although “anybody” is (...)
June 21, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Difference between economics, economy, economic, and economical
The economy is, according to the Oxford Learner’s Dictionary, “the relationship between production, trade and the supply of money in a (...)
June 18, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘Alternate’ vs. ‘Alternative’: The Difference
The adjective alternative is used when there are several different options, one of which is more important than the others—the other (...)
June 17, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Languages Voted Most Useful in the EU by Country
The Eurobarometer 386 survey asked people about their language abilities and attitudes to language learning. One of the questions asked (...)
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‘All those money’ vs. ‘all that money’ in English
Saying “all those money” instead of “all that money” is a common mistake among speakers of languages where “money” is a plural noun, such (...)
June 14, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Advice or advices – singular or plural?
Slightly surprisingly, “advice” is an uncountable (mass) noun in English (like “water” or “sand”), and as such it has no plural (...)
June 13, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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