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economist BIOLOGISTS reckon that most species that have ever existed are extinct. That is true of words, too. Of the Oxford English Dictionary’s 231,000 entries, at least a fifth are obsolete. They range from “aa”, a stream or waterway (try that in Scrabble), to “zymome”, “that constituent of gluten which is insoluble in alcohol”. That is surely an undercounting. The English have an unusually rich lexicon, in part because first they were conquered (by the Vikings and Norman French) and then they took their turn conquering large swathes of the Earth, in Asia, North America and Africa.

Adjectives Word Order An adjective is a word that describes something (a noun) or someone (a person). Adjectives sometimes appear after the verb To Be He is short. The Personal World Clock Search Site / Articles City / Country Social Share this page / Follow us on: The Truth About Publishing - Ian Irvine Ian Irvine Author of 32 novels including the internationally bestselling Three Worlds epic fantasy sequence – over a million print copies sold. Lesson 1: Got expectations? Lower them Help us preserve your dialect: tell us about the unusual words you use Picture yourself heading out for a jog. Now picture your footwear. What word would you use? Daps, pumps, plimsolls, sand shoes, sannies, gutties, sneakers, runners or trainers?

Reported speech We use reported speech when we want to tell someone what someone said. We usually use a reporting verb (e.g. say, tell, ask, etc.) and then change the tense of what was actually said in direct speech. So, direct speech is what someone actually says?

Phonetic Transcription of English Words. IPA Translator. Your browser is not supported! Paste English text here: Information for people learning American English. If you want to improve this phonetic converter and make some money at the same time, please read this announcement. The 10 Types Of Writers' Block (And How To Overcome Them) Writer’s Block. It sounds like a fearsome condition, a creative blockage. The end of invention. But what is it, really?

‘Golly’, ‘cassette’ and ‘croquet’: the words we no longer use A huge ongoing study by Lancaster University and Cambridge University has discovered what, in fact, we probably knew already: that word-usage changes continuously under the pressures of historical malaise, new sensitivities, the new machineries of life and fashion. “Golly” is fast going. No need to ask why. Good thing, too. And “gosh” is long gone; it’s one of those euphemistic items of religious vocabulary (along with “blimey” and “gadzooks”) that we largely godless people don’t see the point of any more. Free Online Lessons in English Grammar, Vocabulary and Phrases Select an exercise below to practise your grammar, vocabulary and use of phrases. They are organised into three levels: Elementary: suitable for students from levels A2 to B1 on the CEF (Common European Framework) Intermediate: suitable for students from B1 to B2 on the CEF Advanced: suitable for students from C1 and C2 on the CEF The exercises on these pages were all written by International House Bristol staff and you will not find the same exercises on any other site or in any coursebook.

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