Category Archives: Focus on

Ground Collision in Brussels: Passive

 Today’s post is freely based on a ground collision event brought to me by Cpt. Rockert, who’s a dear co-worker and friend. Are you familiar with this accident which took place in Brussels, 1998? Let’s take a closer look at … Continue reading

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Focus on: like

We very often sound redundant by sticking to same old words and expressions. Especially when it comes to a foreign language – after all, why should I do it differently, as long as such words and expressions have proved themselves effective … Continue reading

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Collocations: landing

“I’ve been in airplanes that have aborted both takeoffs and landings. They aren’t fun. I’ve seen a lot of things happen on flights that you wouldn’t believe. But until you experience it, you really never see flight attendants in action. … Continue reading

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Focus on: house X home

Broadly speaking, a house is a building or structure that people live in (“She lives in a very old house in Brighton”) , whereas home refers to the place or rather the environment where people live (“Ill be home tomorrow”, … Continue reading

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Focus on: the date

 Hello-o! Here’s a quick take on basics, because there is a difference between the way we say a date in English and the way we write it. We can write: 16th June, 2013 or 16 June 2013 or 16/06/2013. We can say: … Continue reading

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