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Avoid embarrassment in literature class with these 12 pronunciations


As the school year picks back up again, so do your odds of having to say out loud a word in class that you've only ever seen…

Commonly confused words

There are a lot of words in English that look or sound alike but have very different meanings. Here’s a quick-reference list of pairs of words that regularly cause people problems.


‘Affect’ or ‘effect’?

‘Affect’ and ‘effect’ are different in meaning, though frequently confused. Here's how to get it right.

Punctuation in abbreviations

People are often uncertain about whether or not to use full stops in abbreviations. Here are some guidelines.


Get to grips with grammar

If you find grammatical terms confusing or hard to remember, this glossary of essential terms and clear definitions will help you.

Quote of the week

“To scrutinize the trivial can be to discover the monumental.”

Henry Petroski

(1942– )

American engineer and author