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DESPITE vs. IN SPITE OF

Both “in spite of” and “despite” mean that something happens even though there is something that might prevent it. They are used to express a contrast between two ideas. Structure Key Points to Remember Examples with Explanations Practice Exercise Ask your students to rewrite sentences using “in spite of” and “despite”: Visual Aid Create a …

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GRAMMAR: Capitalization Rules

The English language has some strange rules about when to use capital letters. Here are some important guidelines:

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The Alphabet – Phonetically

Today, we’re going to learn how to pronounce each letter phonetically. This will help you read, write, and speak English more confidently. Let’s start by going through the alphabet together. For example, the letter ‘A’ is pronounced ‘ei,’ ‘B’ is pronounced ‘bi,’ and ‘C’ is pronounced ‘si.’ Alphabet and Numbers A (ei), B (bi), C …

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Ways to IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH

A lot of my students ask me for tips on ways they can improve their English outside the classroom. Here are a few that Ilike to pass along. Listen to songs in English and try to identify and understand the words and the meaning. Watch TV series, movies and the news. Use English subtitles if …

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In spite of vs. Despite

“In spite of” and “despite” are very similar in meaning and usage, and both are used to show contrast or opposition to what is expected. Basic Meaning Both “in spite of” and “despite” mean that something happens even though there is something that might prevent it. They are used to express a contrast between two …

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ADVERBS

ADVERBSAn adverb describes a verb, an adjective or another adverb. Look at this table to see all the things an adverb can tell us. Adverbs are essential parts of speech that modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs, giving us more information about how, where, when, how much, or how often something happens. Let’s explore the …

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PREPOSITIONS: of Time – In, on, at

Understanding prepositions of time can be tricky, but they’re essential for clear and accurate communication. Let’s break down the use of “in,” “on,” and “at” with examples to make them easier to grasp. 1. IN Use “in” for longer periods of time, such as months, years, centuries, and long periods: 2. ON Use “on” for …

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VERBS: To do

The Verb “To Do” The verb to do is another common verb in English. It can be used as an auxiliary and a main verb. It is often used in questions. Affirmative Negative Interrogative Short answers Short answers I do I don’t .. Do I .. ? Yes, I do. No, I don’t. You do …

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CONFUSING WORDS: Speak vs. Talk

SPEAK and TALK are almost synonymous and are generally interchangeable except in fixed expressions. Remember that the verb speak tends to be used in more formal or one-sided situations. Unfortunately, there is no simple or easy rule to follow. But there are a number of fixed expressions for both verbs. Always use SPEAK in these …

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VERBS: To be (or not to be)

The Verb “to be”   Affirmative Contracted Question  Negative I   Negative II                Short answers I am .. I’m .. Am I …? I’m not …. I’m not… Yes, I am. No, I’m not. You are .. You’re.. Are you..? You’re not .. You aren’t .. Yes, you are. No, you aren’t. He is …

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