Learning English

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(An) information – is there an article?
The word “information” is an uncountable noun (also called mass noun) in English, just like “smoke” or “rice”. This means that it is (...)
January 4, 2019 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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“I know English” or “I speak English”?
Long story short, if you want to say that you can express yourself in English and/or that you can communicate in English, the natural way (...)
December 10, 2018 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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English nouns that are only used in the plural
There are a few nouns in English that are only used in the plural. They may be confusing for English learners if the equivalent expression (...)
November 11, 2018 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Final consonant doubling in English
As you surely know, the final consonant of some verbs gets doubled when the suffix -ing or -ed is added, e.g. stop: stopping, (...)
October 9, 2018 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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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