Tag Archives: focus on

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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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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Collocations: Make a decision

Hey all! Here’s another collocation that makes students hesitate. As a matter of fact, Brazilian students either are not aware that make collocates with decision, or simply take it for granted by what we call false analogy, as in Portuguese … Continue reading

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Focus on: few X little

Hey all! How was Christmas eve/day? Mine were good, although everybody is melting down here in Brazil, which obviously discourages a plenty of Christmas vibe. Anyway, it’s still 2012 and since the world hasn’t ended after all, it means that, … Continue reading

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