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Video: ‘a historic event’ or ‘an historic event’?


Which would you say - a historic event or an historic event? Find out which version is correct in our video. Find out more…

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How to write a compelling book review


Summer is a time when many of us have a little extra time for reading. For me, that means Go Set a Watchman, some Haruki…

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What is the origin of silhouette, nicotine and leotard?


Find out more about the French historical figures who gave their names to silhouettes, nicotine, and leotards in our vi…