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As mentioned above the abbreviation WC stands for water closet. This is a toilet that employs water to flush waste down the drainage to a separate septic tank for later disposal and is mostly...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2015 7:51 am UTC

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The history of the English language is often divided into four phases: Old, Middle, Early Modern, and Late Modern. Here is an excerpt of each era using the Lord's Prayer. Old English: Fæder ure...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2012 2:30 am UTC

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In their textbook Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching (2nd ed.), Richards and Rodgers (2001) argue the validity of the Grammar Translation Method, stating that Though it may be true to say...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2012 9:44 pm UTC

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"United we stand; divided we fall." In a simpler way: If we unite and work together, we will succeed; if we divide and act separately, we will fail. The general meaning of this sentence: If we...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2016 5:05 am UTC

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As you probably know, metaphors are comparisons of two otherwise dissimilar things, without using a connective word such as “like” or “as.” Based on your descriptions, you are looking for...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2012 10:22 pm UTC

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I have three simple suggestions (all three of which reflect, echo, or expand upon the above ideas): Speak English at home (or wherever possible) with another fluent speaker. Forcing yourself to...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2010 8:54 am UTC

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Interpreting word meaning can be a difficult process for many people, as neurological processing is not homogenous among humans and understanding each other can sometimes be tricky. A literal usage...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2020 12:20 am UTC

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Assuming four team members, the opening statement could deal with the metaphor itself: Why is it “bad” to rock a real boat. The next debater could summarize the benefits of order, balance,...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2013 11:49 pm UTC

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All languages change over time. Consider all the new words that have been added to the English language in response to the developments in technology in recent years. Words like modem, gigabyte, or...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2012 7:50 pm UTC

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A strategic location is one that would be beneficial to strategy or offer many opportunities for implementing strategy. That being said, "strategy" alone is somewhat ambiguous. In the context of...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2016 7:46 pm UTC

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The best advice I ever received about writing was in a beginning English class in college. The teacher assigned the students to write something like one hundred words per day in a journal or diary...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2015 8:16 am UTC

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Depending on the individual's level of attention, the discriminatory listening skills, and the ability to retain the rules of grammar as they are learned, these are five of the most common word...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2013 12:29 am UTC

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The word express is a verb within the English language which can have two meanings. The first and most common use is the action of putting a thought or feeling into words and communicating this...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2013 7:59 pm UTC

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In The Namesake, Gogol's perspective about his name, birthday party, and Bengali food differs from his parents. The generational divide is clear, and it contributes much to Gogol's distress. In...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2018 4:25 pm UTC

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Regarding music, Italian, French and German and Latin and Spanish play roles, with Italian given the dominant place. For example, musical directions are usually given in Italian: allegro (fast),...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2010 1:26 am UTC

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As a traveler in Europe, I'm often ashamed at how well most Europeans speak English and how poorly I speak any of their languages. When I have a chance to talk with any of them for any length of...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2010 12:58 pm UTC

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You;ve gotten several excellent answers here so far, and I have very little to add that might be helpful. There are plenty of more sophisticated way to talk about this historical event and its...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2010 11:43 am UTC

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Rrteacher makes, perhaps, the most relevant point with the comment about learning any foreign language. English speakers have a tendency to be egocentric with regard to our own language. However,...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2012 3:52 pm UTC

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When you are writing a thesis statement this is a statement in the introduction of your paper in which you take a stance on a topic and explain what you will support (in an argumentative paper) or...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2013 2:48 pm UTC

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You could get a job as a teacher or researcher, of course. However, you could go to graduate school and become a speech pathologist. This is a very interesting, very important profession. You...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2012 10:44 pm UTC

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Geesh! Any chance they could ALL be correct? A dialect is indeed a less complex version of an official language. It is true also that it is a localized lexicon, meaning that it is different from...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2010 4:59 am UTC

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I agree with everyone in this discussion. Look at other things in your life, and you'll see that the only way to get really good at something is to practice. Television, books, other classmates,...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2010 12:42 pm UTC

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In the context you have provided, while it is grammatically correct, it is not ideal to use the first person. Some teachers have specific rubrics regarding the use of first-person pronouns in...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2020 1:12 am UTC

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Linguists hate the idea of "langugage death" -- what happens when people no longer speak a language. Following from the idea of language death is the idea of killer languages -- languages that...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2011 9:49 am UTC

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The Oxford English Dictionary lists over 900 English words that have Arabic origins. Here are a few common examples. 1. ADMIRAL (commander of a ship): from the Arabic "Amir," meaning "commander."...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2012 6:26 pm UTC

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The best way to learn English as a target language is by combining speaking, reading, and writing tasks. You also need to be exposed to relevant exercises that would allow you to respond to...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2012 12:36 pm UTC

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The writer begins by noting a rise in the importance and popularity of science fiction. Over the last century, the genre has become more popular with people in developed nations in general, and it...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2020 2:27 am UTC

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I'm confident you will improve your English because you want to and are willing to work at it. That's so impressive, because I know it's difficult to master another language. It's tough to try to...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2010 12:36 pm UTC

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First, you need to choose what aspect of the English language you wish to cover in your essay. One possibility is the history of the English language. You could focus for example, on how one or...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2012 6:19 am UTC

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Basically, the author of this passage is establishing a distinction between what we would call realism in literature and fantasy. Since the eighteenth century, the writer says, literature has been...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2020 4:25 am UTC

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Rather than paraphrasing this passage, I'll attempt to summarize it by breaking it down and explaining my interpretation of it piece by piece. The author begins by stating that the approach or...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2020 6:58 am UTC

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We must remember that a language is an ever-changing instrument, employed to communicate ideas, information, etc. It is true that there are many formal “rules” for the expression of long-living,...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2013 11:55 pm UTC

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The writer is evidently occupied with providing a definition or a description of the science fiction genre. How, then, does the distinction between "cognition" and "cognitiveness" tie into this...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2020 4:40 am UTC

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This is highly subjective. I am not sure anyone in this forum can write this for you or even begin to answer it for you. The previous thoughts of personal reflection are essential. I think that...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2010 9:27 am UTC

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Success is hard to define. I would say it is accomplishment. Different people accomplish different things. You might want to finish a certain project, pass a certain course, get a certain car or...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2011 8:13 am UTC

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One needs only to peruse the Declaration of Independence and other documents from early America, as well as re-examine Noah Webster's efforts in compiling an American Dictionary in order to confirm...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2012 8:19 pm UTC

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Let’s assume you already have sources for grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, etc. and want to augment the standard English tools such as workbooks, conversation exercises, etc.(and it goes without...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2012 9:17 pm UTC

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French's primary influence on the English language was a result of the Norman Conquest in 1066. When William the Conquorer took the throne of England, the French dialect spoken by the Normans...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2010 8:37 pm UTC

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When we think of internal and external changes to a language, I would define internal changes as those that arise organically within the language itself, for example, the trend to eliminate the...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2012 3:31 pm UTC

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There are many differences among world Englishes. The most obvious is that between native and non-native speakers. Because English is such a common second language, oral communication in English...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2012 11:48 pm UTC

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A language must be looked at as a changing and growing communication code, a flexible and subtle tool for the exchange of ideas and information. It is not a set of rules imposed by some authority....

Latest answer posted September 15, 2012 5:12 pm UTC

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Of course, you can make these into complete sentences in a lot of different ways. It just depends on how you want your story to come out. For example: When Jermaine told his boss that he would...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2010 8:44 am UTC

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I believe that your inquiry is to figure out a good topic for research that would include ALL English speakers from every country that speaks English. If this is the case, the first thing to...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2013 9:39 pm UTC

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The English language, despite its Celtic and Anglo-Saxon origins, was developed into a full-blown language after the Roman Conquests of the early centuries, when Roman soldiers and civilization...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2013 5:23 pm UTC

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"Love It If We Made It" garnered a lot of attention for being pretty controversial and politically charged. It seems the 1975 wanted it to be something of a socio-political protest. The song brings...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2020 10:57 pm UTC

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Queen Elizabeth was Protestant, so the new Protestant church previously founded by Henry VIII was dominant. Elizabeth inherited a country in which the denomination of the reigning monarch...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2010 3:22 pm UTC

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This sentence has a relative clause and not an appositive. A relative clause will have a subject and verb, begin with a relative pronoun like who, whom, whose, or which and is considered an...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2015 11:45 pm UTC

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If you are writing a paper, the most important starting point is to have a good thesis. So, ask yourself, why is English important? Spend some time thinking about it. This will be your thesis. For...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2013 2:24 pm UTC

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"Unprejudicial" typically arises in a legal context, particularly on appeal. One party might appeal the determination of the trial court, arguing that evidence that was allowed was highly...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2013 8:17 pm UTC

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Preparing to take an exam a second time after having difficulty on the first attempt involves a frank evaluation of one’s performance. It is important to identify both your strengths and...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2020 4:46 am UTC

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