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I wish I were…

  • August 22, 2011
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“I wish I were” and “I wish I was”: which of these is proper in English? Both are proper, they are not interchangeable, and each has a purpose. Luckily, the differences are simple. What Does “Subjunctive” Mean? “Subjunctive” refers to a “verb mood” that conveys an urgency, and it generally points to a desire or…

Verbs and their prepositions 101 [infographic]

  • July 5, 2011
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Sometimes a verb is attached to other words that assist it; word groups consisting of a verb and its helpers are called “verb phrases”. To download a high-resolution poster click here. Embed this image to your site: [Infographic provided by]   Prepositional Phrase A quick explanation of the prepositional phrase can help in understanding…

Moody? Tense? Irregular? You must be a verb!

  • June 13, 2011
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English is influenced by so many other languages that most rules have exceptions; verbs are no different. Regular verbs are simple: “I dance”, “I danced”, “I will dance”, “I want to dance”, “I am dancing”. The main quirk of regular verbs are those that end in a consonant and “y”, such as “copy” or “study”–the…

The Verbification of the Nation

  • May 20, 2011
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  Language Professional Blog Award 2011 is taking place right now. This contest gathered blogs by professional linguists, translators and interpreters to select the best bloggers in this field. We are honored to introduce one of the nominees – Laura Payne and her blog A Walk in WoRds as our special guest. Laura has a…

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