Reading Practice: Shirley Jackson, a biography

Reading Practice: Shirley Jackson, a biography

Most years I try and do a few Halloween themed posts around October, and this time I’ve got a bit of reading practise focusing on one of my favourite writers, Shirley Jackson. I’ve written a little biography to share, including some of my thoughts on what we can learn...

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Tips for Success in English Writing Exams

Tips for Success in English Writing Exams

I’m often asked about tips for writing essays, particularly for exams. There is a section on this in my book, Advanced Writing Skills, but it’s such a universal topic I thought it would be good to share the general advice here. Planning to Succeed Writing for exams...

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Compound subjects with ‘and’ – singular or plural?

Are compound subjects using ‘and’ singular or plural? There are exceptions to the standard rule – this article explains with examples.

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Ongoing or Complete? A Past Simple or Continous Exercise

Taking a break between my examples of different tenses in use, this is a good time to share another English tenses exercise. You may know I'm developing an entire book of exercises to accompany The English Tenses Practical Grammar Guide; it's taken a long time but...

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Master the English tenses

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a treasure chest of a book, full of nuggets of clarity, knowledge and guidance…”

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Combining Different Tenses: Past Simple and Past Continuous

I was recently asked for some basic rules regarding how we can combine two different tenses in one sentence – for example which tenses can or cannot be used together. I’m not aware a comparison of the tenses being readily available in this way; my instinct is that...

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Master the English tenses

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ELB 10k – Book Giveaway

ELB recently passed 10,000 books sold, which is cause to celebrate. It's incredible how far the books have reached, so, this week I'm running a flash giveaway, open from now until Feb 19th, of 15 EBOOKS - five of each of our currently available books: Advanced Writing...

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