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Academic English not only for Indonesians
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Lack of ‘lack’

A new song focusing on the word ‘lack’, which can often be mistaken with ‘lack of’. The rule for deciding which to use is in the chorus of the song, so listen carefully and choose the correct item – ‘lack’, or ‘lack of’! (Scroll down for lyrics and gapfill!)

Song performed by an amazing group of AAS scholarship awardees: Andi, Velo, Rapta, Roy, Ade, Novi, Septia, Susan, Vita! (more…)

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Managing food and drink temptation

You will hear a researcher talking about how people control their attraction to – and consumption of – unhealthy food and drink. Before you listen, chat with a friend about you avoid unhealthy food. Describe your strategies to each other! (more…)

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Only ‘consist of’ contains ‘of’!

The report contains of 22 integrated recommendations under four themes.

This is partly understandable. Our writer has seen consists + of, and has assumed that contain also requires the preposition of. It does not! (more…)

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Seeing clearly in IELTS Task 1

It is clearly seen that unemployment fell gradually throughout the period.

This is like a supermarket putting a sign next to some peanuts saying “This product contains peanuts.” (more…)

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Chaining the stages of a process

Cement production comprises 5 stages, started from mixing materials and ended with packaging.

This writer has attempted to combine three sentences in one: (more…)

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Adding things in process description

The contents are added with powder and then all the materials are mixed together.

Indonesian flag Indonesians – please let me know what you’re trying to translate here! (more…)

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When present simple is too simple

Bali’s unique culture and traditions lead to an enormous increase in tourism. As a result, the number of job opportunities grows significantly.

This is grammatically correct, but the choice of present simple tense has – I think – resulted in meanings quite different from those intended by the writer. (more…)

Past tenses explained

Video animation contrasting past tenses. Includes examples and timelines to illustrate meaning. (more…)

Present tenses explained

Video animation contrasting present tenses. Includes examples and timelines to illustrate meaning. (more…)

Perfect tenses explained

Video animation contrasting perfect tenses. Includes examples and timelines to illustrate meaning. (more…)