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Passed or past?

 

Slumped in a post-festive food coma? Feeling the after-effects of watching too much stultifying TV? If so, perhaps the last…

Forming adverbs

Here are some tips to help you form adverbs and spell them correctly.

SPELLING

‘Less’ or ‘fewer’?

People often don’t know when to use 'less' and when to use 'fewer' in a sentence. Here’s how to get it right.

Avoiding clichés

When you're writing formally, it's better to try to avoid using clichés. We tell you how to do this.

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

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Joseph Conrad

(1857–1924)

Polish-born English novelist

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English is a truly global language with hundreds of regional variations worldwide, including over 50 dialects of British…

Word of the day whippersnapper
Pronunciation: ˈ(h)wipərˌsnapər
noun
a young, inexperienced person considered presumptuous or overconfident...