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connectors

5 connectors to sound more fluid!

Connectors. These are the words that really make the difference. Essentially, connectors are the “oil on the chain” that allow you to speak fluidly and smoothly.

Do you want to sound more fluid? More coherent? More captivating? And above all, sound smooth?

Learn these 5 connectors then!

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Polite Expressions

5 Polite Expressions to sound less direct in English

Do you want to know more Polite Expressions in English to sound less direct and assertive? Can you remember those times when you needed something from someone else, perhaps a favour, their time, some help, etc., and you weren’t quite sure how to ask what you wanted in a polite way? It could be that you wanted to sound a little more indirect but you were not quite sure how to.

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Past Habits

How to express Past Habits in English

So what happens when you want to talk about Past habits or habits you had in the past in English? Well, English has 4 ways you can do this! Some ways are more common than others, but all of them work, let’s learn them!

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ways we use that

“That” 5 ways we use this word

That – sometimes this word confuses people, hell, occasionally even we let that get the better of us, so, let’s put an end to “that” misery and learn the 5 ways we use that!

Here are the 5 ways we use that in English.

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British and American English

British and American English 3 main differences

So… British and American English, which one? Are you thinking about heading to either the UK or the US and you’re looking to sound either a wee more British or a little more North American? Here are 3 things you can do in either of these countries to spice up your accent and sound more like a local.

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Present perfect mistake

Do NOT make this mistake with the Present Perfect!

Are you, by any chance, making this mistake with the Present Perfect? 

  • We have been to Dubai on Tuesday = X. 
  • Have you emailed me last week?  = X.
  • She has talked to me just once at last year’s conference = X. 
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Avoiding Plagiarism

Avoiding Plagiarism in Academic Work

Plagiarism is an intolerable act in the academic world and avoiding plagiarism is key. In academia, people are expected to respect the work of others as well as their own. Plagiarism is an act that directly goes against this mandate. 

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direct method

Direct method is the only game in town

Direct method — It was three years back when I landed my first job in an English academy in Madrid, Spain. I was young, inexperienced, very nervous and had absolutely no idea how on earth I was going to actually go about teaching my classes.

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verbs with to

Verbs with to

When should we use verbs with to? Tell to or tell. Have you ever wondered why we say ‘explain to me what happened’ and NOT ‘explain me what happened’?

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Paraphrasing and Summarizing

Paraphrasing and Summarizing: Understanding the Differences

Paraphrasing and summarizing are two tasks that many people do in their lives. It does not really matter if they are writers or not, people are always summarizing the things they have read, or heard.

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having an accent

Having an accent

No English accent — One thing I’ve noticed virtually all language learners want to achieve, as soon as they can, is getting rid of their accent. That is the specific phonetic features of their speech that are a dead giveaway of the speaker’s first language.

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Subject Inversion

Subject Inversion

Subject + Verb + object is the common structure in most English sentences, is it not? Well, most of the time it is, yes, however, what happens if we want to emphasise what we are saying? How can we do that? We can do it using subject inversion or auxiliary inversion.

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Eight Foolproof Tips

Eight Foolproof Tips to Write Successful Historical Fiction

A writer from any genre can say that writing on a particular subject is difficult. While their statement may be debated, no one will likely fight a historical writer on the same claim. After all, history is a daunting genre to write in.

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English Courses

English Reservoir, Interview for GoSolo

I founded English Reservoir with the aim of providing the ultimate, intuitive, dynamic, and interactive platform for English learners. In a nutshell, English Reservoir offers a wide array of courses within a subscription-based package.

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