Over 600 short entries on common problems in English
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spoken and written grammar, vocabulary, spelling and pronunciation,
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When do we use ‘will’, ‘going to’ or present progressive to talk about the future?
Can ‘they’ and ‘them’ have a singular meaning?
Why can’t we say *‘She’s very interested in the nature’*?
When do we use ‘get’ as a passive auxiliary? For example: ‘He got caught.’
The truth about conditionals
When do we use ‘bring’ and when do we use ‘take’?
When do we use ‘can’, ‘could’, ‘may’ or ‘might’ to talk about permission?
How do we read out an email address?
How can we use a question to sound more polite?
When do we use ‘classic’ and when do we use ‘classical’?
How do we use passives like ‘Her sister was given the car’?
Why can’t we say *‘I look forward to hear from you’*?
When do we use ‘do’/’does’/’did’ in questions beginning ‘Who…’? And when not?
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