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‘Did he died’ vs. ‘did he die’ in English
The phrase “Did he died?” is a running joke in the comment sections of YouTube and similar websites. People use it when something mildly (...)
March 27, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Difference between ‘super’ and ‘superb’ in English
Both “super” and “superb” are common, but they are not completely interchangeable. Super is used nowadays mostly as an adverb meaning (...)
March 24, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘Make a photo’ vs. ‘take a photo’ in English
When you use a camera to “capture” a picture of something, lots of languages describe the situation using the verb “make” (e.g. ein Foto (...)
March 22, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘Happy about’ vs. ‘happy with’ in English
The distinction between “happy about” and “happy with” is a subtle one, and sometimes the two expressions are quite interchangeable. As a (...)
March 19, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
Salary of primary school teachers by country in Europe
OECD recently published a new study about education in OECD member countries. The study itself contains a vast amount of data from various (...)
March 18, 2015 – Jakub MarianMaps
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What does “idiomatic” mean when speaking about language?
An idiom is an expression whose meaning cannot be directly derived from the meanings of the words it contains. Hence one of the meanings (...)
March 17, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
Most common street names by country in Europe
Out of linguistic curiosity, I started looking up the most common street names in various countries. The following map shows those I have (...)
March 11, 2015 – Jakub MarianMaps
Poe’s poem The Raven explained for English learners
Each line of the poem (apart from the last line of each stanza) is divided into two halves in the following text (which is based on my (...)
March 9, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘Eat healthily’ vs. ‘eat healthy’ in English
When you want to express that the manner in which you eat is healthy, you can do so using the adverb “healthily”: You’re fat as a pig. (...)
March 6, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
Differences between average hourly wages of men and women in Europe
There are several reasons why women earn less than men on average, most notably low representation of women in high-paying positions, such (...)
March 5, 2015 – Jakub MarianMaps
What does it mean for a function to be well-defined?
A common addendum to a formula defining a function in mathematical texts is, “it remains to be shown that the function is well defined.” (...)
March 3, 2015 – Jakub MarianMathematics
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Irregular English verbs: -ake to -ook (take, shake, forsake)
A few English verbs follow the pattern -ake → -ook → -aken in the past tense. They are all derived from the verb “take”, apart from (...)
March 2, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
Map of life expectancy in Europe
Life expectancy at birth is defined as the number of years a newly born individual in the given country is expected to live on average, (...)
February 25, 2015 – Jakub MarianMaps
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Irregular English verbs: -eave to -eft
There are only three English verbs that follow the pattern -eave /iːv/ → -eft /ɛft/, namely (listed as infinitive – past tense – (...)
February 23, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘Than I’ vs. ‘than me’ in English
There has been an ongoing debate whether the correct form after “than” is I, he, she, we, and they or me, him, her, us, and them. (...)
February 23, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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One-syllable adjectives with comparative ‘more’ instead of -er
One of the first rules an English learner learns is that the comparative degree of monosyllabic (one-syllable) adjectives is formed by (...)
February 19, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
How to write and publish a non-fiction book
I have recently published my fourth book, and I thought it would be interesting to let my readers know what it takes to self-publish a (...)
February 18, 2015 – Jakub MarianBlog
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Are statistical data and scientific results subject to copyright?
I have recently created a map showing the number of books published per year per capita by country in Europe. The figures in the map are (...)
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“In literature” vs. “in the literature” in English
When we write an essay or a scientific paper, we often say that it is possible to “find something in the literature”… But shouldn’t it (...)
February 1, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘Got’ vs. ‘gotten’ in English
Let’s not beat around the bush with a large number of linguistic terms; the difference between “got” and “gotten” is relatively simple. (...)
January 30, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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