Javorcik seems to be unaware of the ability of domestic companies to engage in improving their qualities.
Another countable / uncountable problem, folks! Later we’ll take a look at some examples of each and think about differences in meaning. Before you read the examples try this practice activity! Continue reading
Foreign companies offer more added values to products or services.
Sorry folks, but this is another countable / uncountable problem. Let’s take a look at some examples of each! Continue reading
A variety of arguments have been put forward to discuss about the difference between a linear economy and a circular economy.
Let’s see what netspeak.org has to say about discuss and talk:
As you can see, talk is often followed by about, but discuss is never followed by about!
- Today I’m going to discuss about unemployment.
- Today I’m going to talk about unemployment.
- Today I’m going to discuss unemployment.
Hope that helps!
According to data, 40.49 % of palm oil productions are from small farm owners.
The plural form of production collocates strongly with film and theatre: Continue reading
Older workers have built expertise to enable them coping with unusual circumstances.
With help + obj and enable + obj you need to + V1:
- Older workers have built expertise to enable them to cope with unusual circumstances.
- Older workers have built expertise to help them to cope with unusual circumstances.
And that’s all folks!
Governments in many countries rely on bailout as the most preferred policy in a situation perceived as crisis.
Here an Indonesian writer feels a strong urge to write most as a translation of the Indonesian paling. However in English this is redundant as the ‘preferred’ choice is already the ‘most’ liked:
- Governments in many countries rely on bailout as the preferred policy in a situation perceived as crisis.
Similarly, it would be redundant to write ‘more prefer’:
In this case you need:
And that’s all for today!
A version of hangman featuring words from the Academic Word List (AWL), and a built-in homework activity for anyone who needs the practice. Continue reading
There have been a lot of earthquakes recently, including this one on Japan’s Hokkaido island. Current news stories – although often tragic – are full of interesting grammar as they include past and finished, recently finished, as well as ongoing events and situations. See if you can choose the correct tenses from the news coverage. Continue reading
For all you ‘visual learners’ out there, here’s a video version of a previous post in which we looked at the difference between the countable and uncountable forms of the word ‘paper’. Continue reading
A minimal pair is two words that sound the same except for one sound. Can you recognise which of two words is being spoken? Have a go! Continue reading