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Origin of the word “kid”
The noun “kid” in contemporary English is mostly used to informally refer to a child, e.g. “she’s just a kid” or “only 90s kids will (...)
May 12, 2018 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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English words that change their meaning depending on stress placement
English orthography is often ambiguous. For example, the word “read” can be pronounced either /riːd/ (“reed”) or as /rɛd/ (“red”) (...)
November 27, 2017 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Present subjunctive in English
The present subjunctive is a really easy mood to use: it is always identical to the infinitive in English, and speakers of other Germanic (...)
November 1, 2017 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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“Criteria” – singular or plural?
The media seem to have been plagued with expressions like “the criteria is” lately. Unfortunately, such expressions are incorrect, because (...)
October 16, 2017 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘In formal context’ vs. ‘in a formal context’ in English
“Context” can be a countable as well as an uncountable noun. When you speak about context in general, the word is usually uncountable, (...)
October 6, 2017 – Jakub MarianEnglish

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So, thus, therefore, and hence in English
Since you are reading this article in English, the odds are you already know what the conjunction “so” means. You probably also know that (...)
October 5, 2017 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘In an alphabetical order’ vs. ‘in alphabetical order’ in English
The word “order” is usually treated as an uncountable (mass) noun, which means that it is normally not combined with an indefinite (...)
July 27, 2017 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘Most everyone’ vs. ‘almost everyone’ in English
“Most everyone”, meaning “almost everyone”, is a colloquial phrase that became somewhat widespread in spoken American English, but the (...)
July 10, 2017 – Jakub MarianEnglish
How many letters does the Latin alphabet really have?
When you start learning a language written using a writing system other than the Latin alphabet (such as the Arabic script or Devanagari), (...)
March 7, 2017 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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The word “stucked” in English
Sometimes you may hear non-native English speakers and English-speaking children say that “something is stucked somewhere”. However, there (...)
February 25, 2017 – Jakub MarianEnglish, Grammar