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Difference between ‘particular’ and ‘concrete’
The words “concrete” and “particular” get commonly confused by English learners. Of course, we are not talking about “concrete” in the (...)
May 25, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
Amount of alcohol consumed per capita by country in Europe (map)
Regular consumption of large amounts of alcohol may lead to various health issues, such as cancer, stroke, dementia, and many others, (...)
May 20, 2015 – Jakub MarianMaps
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‘At first sight’ vs. ‘at the first sight’ in English
When used with a noun, the adjective “first” is almost always preceded by “the” or a possessive determiner, such as “my”, “your”, “his”, (...)
May 19, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Difference between ‘violet’ and ‘purple’
People say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so lets take a look at the two colours in comparison (there are various shades of (...)
May 17, 2015 – Jakub MarianCognition, Physics
Percentage of obese population by country in Europe (map)
Obesity is on the rise in Europe, which is a worrying trend, since obese people are several times more likely to develop heart disease, (...)
May 14, 2015 – Jakub MarianMaps
The Raven – Stanza XIV explained
Stanza XIV of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem The Raven is one of the hardest pieces of English literature to understand for a non-native speaker. (...)
May 13, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘Graphics is’ vs. ‘graphics are’ – singular or plural?
There are many singular English nouns that end with an “s”, such as mathematics, physics, or politics. Those are typically names of (...)
May 11, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘Dwarves’ or ‘dwarfs’ – which spelling is correct?
It may come as a great surprise to the fans of The Lord of the Rings, but the correct traditional spelling of the plural of “dwarf” is (...)
May 6, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘More better’ is not always wrong (but usually it is)
The comparative degree (“more of something”) of monosyllabic adjectives is usually formed by adding -er at the end of the adjective, (...)
May 3, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
Words ending with -ung are feminine in German
There are over 20,000 nouns in German that end with -ung, so if there is a rule that applies to them all, it is definitely worth learning. (...)
May 3, 2015 – Jakub MarianGerman
German suffix -ant: masculine nouns
There are over 300 nouns in German that end with “ant”, and almost all of them are masculine (i.e. they have the article “der”), such (...)
May 1, 2015 – Jakub MarianGerman
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‘I am agree’ vs. ‘I am of agreement’ vs. ‘I agree’ in English
Saying “I am agree with you” is a common error among native speakers of Romance languages. For example, when you want to say that you (...)
April 30, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
Average hours worked per day by country in Europe (map)
The following map shows the number of hours an average worker in the given country works each day (not just on working days), on average. (...)
April 28, 2015 – Jakub MarianMaps
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‘I just did it’ vs. ‘I have just done it’ – present perfect or past simple?
The traditional (but now somewhat outdated) rule dictates that “just” is to be used with the present perfect, not the past simple, as (...)
April 26, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
Nouns ending with -heit and -keit in German
All German nouns that have the suffix -heit or -keit are feminine (i.e. have the article die), without exception (which is something we (...)
April 25, 2015 – Jakub MarianGerman
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Comma before ‘that’ and ‘which’
What sets English apart from most other languages is its use of the comma before a dependent (subordinate) clause. Dependent clauses (...)
April 22, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Difference between ‘go’ and ‘walk’ in English
When you travel from one place to another, most languages require that you use a verb based on how you travel, such as “walk” (which means (...)
April 18, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘Literally’ and ‘figuratively’ in English
The adverb “literally” means “in the literal or strict sense”. For instance, it is commonly used when translating between two languages (...)
April 13, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘Interested in doing’ vs. ‘interested to do’ in English
Some English teachers claim that “interested to” is always wrong, but this claim is not substantiated by actual usage. The fact is, the (...)
April 11, 2015 – Jakub MarianEnglish
‘Easter’ in European languages (map)
The following map shows the word “Easter” (the Christian holiday) translated into various European languages. The words are most commonly (...)
April 6, 2015 – Jakub MarianMaps
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