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I haven't seen a single episode of Game of Thrones and I love my life

You shouldn't worry if you haven't watched a single episode of the Game of Thrones. You are not a sinner. Nor are you alone 

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20 Apr 2019

DMK will get majority, TTV Dhinakaran did more help than harm: Post-poll prediction

One can safely argue that this election is characterized by uncertainty, which skews the traditional understanding of how TN electorate would behave

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20 Apr 2019
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Stiff Upper Lip: 75% modern couples fight over bad grammar while 23% break up, finds Landmark survey

Landmark Bookstores recently conducted a survey on the variations in the behaviour of Grammar snobs and this is what they found

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16 Apr 2019

OPINION: Why India needs to vote for educated people to run the parliament

This professor talks about the educational qualifications that should be made mandatory for all the members of the parliament

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15 Apr 2019
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Why not teachers wear capes in schools? The debate is if they are getting the respect they deserve or not

This topic was explained in a news item, titled "Stop when 'Your Lordships'" pass, says Allahabad HC Registry’s order to officials — widely published in the media on April 5, 2019

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13 Apr 2019

Is English difficult to learn? Here are some examples of words that have multiple meanings

The word ‘bark’ as a noun refers to the outer covering of a tree and as a verb it means the sound a dog makes

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10 Apr 2019
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The language of elections: What do the terms campaign trail, dark horse, swing seat mean?

'To go to the poll' means to vote in an election.  It is incorrect to use the phrase "to go to the polls" without the definite article "the"

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06 Apr 2019

Are we into hyper-parenting? Explaining the terms tiger parenting, snowplow parenting and more

The right type of parenting is critical for the healthy physical, mental and emotional growth of children

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06 Apr 2019
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How good is your career competency? Here's how you can develop it and achieve success

It is high time that graduates start looking beyond their classrooms and into the world of career opportunities

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06 Apr 2019

I watched the trailer of PM Narendra Modi and it is the best thing on the internet

Offering everything from action to emotion to comedy to inspiration, this trailer is an audio-visual treat. Also, we guarantee that you will automatically turn into a Modi fan after watching this

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21 Mar 2019
The trailer was released on March 20
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What are the ways to forge lasting relationships at your workplace?

In today's competitive world, knowing how to form and maintain professional bonds can give you the edge

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15 Mar 2019

Can facilities and features bolster the education system in government schools?

There is an immediate need to upgrade government schools, and the required schemes and plans have been drawn

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15 Mar 2019
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How can one correctly utilise certain nouns in the place of verbs?

There are subtle differences between the acts of ‘verbing’ or ‘verbifying’, and also the words 'just' and 'only'

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15 Mar 2019

War of words: From #Abhinandan to 'dodging the bullet', learning word chunks better

Learning words in chunks helps English language learners use the newly learned words effectively while speaking and writing. There are many advantages of learning word chunks

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09 Mar 2019
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Should caste customs interfere in judicial system and mitigate penalty in a democracy? 

The Supreme Court had reduced punishment from death penalty to 25 years of jail time on the ground that honour killing is customary for some communities

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09 Mar 2019

What is stopping the Indian girl child from going to school?

In the last five years, the education sector has seen many straight and indirect problems from the government. On this International Women's Day, we take a look at this 

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08 Mar 2019
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Several words have different usages but are not known to learners of the English language (Pic: Representational Image)

Hooked onto grammar yet? Here are explanations to phrases like 'meet up', 'bump into' and more

To bump into someone means to meet someone by chance. When we meet someone unexpectedly, we say that we bump into the person

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02 Mar 2019

Should justice be retributive? History says that the punishment should fit the crime and not exceed

In another Biblical instance, Pilate, the Roman Governor, condemned Jesus to death just to pacify a mob that bayed for his crucifixion

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02 Mar 2019
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The CPB does not require its viewers to go around hunting for fancy art galleries in the city (Pic: Sai Soujanya)

Here's why every millenial should visit the Chennai Photo Biennale

The concept of this year’s CPB is “Fauna of Mirrors”, based on an old Chinese myth that talks of an alternative world that exists behind mirrors inhabited by creatures unknown

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02 Mar 2019

Here's how you de-stress from exam distress like a pro!

Students can rewire their brains to overcome the stress and tension that precede their exams. Did you know that? An expert writes

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18 Feb 2019
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Maskoor Ahmad was the AMUSU President in the 2017-18 Academic year

Will not allow BJP to tar the university with anti-national tag: An open letter to AMU students

Former AMUSU President Dr Maskoor Ahmad Usmani, who was recently slapped with sedition charges writes a letter to the university students

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17 Feb 2019

Confusing word pairs: Certain English words may have similar meaning but not the exact same meaning

What is the difference in meaning between these two words? ‘Weather’ is what happens for a short term and ‘climate’ is over the longer term

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11 Feb 2019
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Roster Debate: This is the latest attempt by the government to kill reservation. Here's why

The recent revision of the 200-point roster system and replacing it with the 13-point roster system has sparked a debate in the country. Here's a look into it 

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09 Feb 2019

Should we test temptation? It is upon us to resist and counter our weaknesses

Temptation is more than a matter of jest or levity as the above quotes imply. It is a serious matter which engages the governments and even the Supreme Court

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09 Feb 2019
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It’s not just your job, it’s your life: How to be successful and make it worthwhile

Be a contributor: Make sure that you contribute and add value to your organisation every day. These can be like adding small incremental improvements to your job

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09 Feb 2019

What makes an entrepreneur tick: What you need to do to rise to the top

Why are these people called entrepreneurs and how do they get the wherewithal to build and scale up sustainable businesses?

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02 Feb 2019
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Can gaming addiction affect your social performance, lifestyle and even make you suicidal?

With more and more youngsters getting hooked on video games, both online and offline, WHO is set to classify gaming disorder as a mental health condition

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02 Feb 2019

All about myths: Grammar nazis may not like the term 'poetic license' but it is not wrong to use it

Double negatives are two negative words used in the same sentence with the purpose of turning thought into positive

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28 Jan 2019
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Could AI and bots replace trained doctors for better diagnosis? Only time will tell

Artificial intelligence (AI) may be poised to wipe out cervical cancer after a study showed that computer algorithms can detect precancerous lesions far better than trained experts

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28 Jan 2019

Debunking grammar myths: You can split infinitives and it's not grammatically wrong

Traditional grammarians (prescriptivists) say that infinitives should not be split, but to split them is very common in writing of all kinds

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21 Jan 2019
When an adverb or adverbial phrase is placed between the word ‘to’ and a verb as in the examples to politely decline, to confidently face, and to casually walk, we call it a split infinitive
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Should English medium schools be merged with those teaching in vernacular medium to raise the standard of education?

Rationalisation and merging of schools is a compulsion in the context of migration of students to English medium schools.

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21 Jan 2019

Are the students studying in vernacular medium falling behind the ones who have an English-medium education?

Defending the government’s move noted above, the Chief Minister said that the English-medium call was taken keeping in mind the future of children from the underprivileged sector

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12 Jan 2019
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The power of Resilience: It's all about how hard you get hit and still keep on moving

Keep the end in sight. Once you have decided on the end goal, don’t let any distractions keep you from attaining it

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12 Jan 2019

Using creativity in language: How are one-liners written so that they are witty and thought-provoking?

One-liners (OLs) are short jokes or witty remarks. They provide not only humour but also food for thought

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12 Jan 2019
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Tame your FOMO : Here are a few words that you must definitely know today

Have you come across these expressions: echo chamber, clickbait, binge-watch, youthquake, and FOMO (Fear of missing out)?

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07 Jan 2019

The art of possibility thinking: How you can master this mental mechanism to succeed

Possibility thinking is a very powerful mental mechanism that could make an individual look at all the positive outcomes from any given situation

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01 Jan 2019
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Why Not Tax all the Honking? Drivers can be disciplined by installing horn metres

The idea of horn metres is not far-fetched, but feasible and would be an additional weapon to control noise pollution through excessive and erratic use of horns.

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25 Dec 2018

Here are some golden rules on how to deal with career indecision

Career indecision is something that every youth will have to be aware of and they must be prepared to work their way to succeed by not falling into the trap

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24 Dec 2018
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It is quite interesting to know how words are shortlisted and chosen

Which are the words of the year? Here's how they are chosen by major publishers like Oxford, Cambridge

Except ‘nomophobia’, all the other words are quite familiar to learners of English. The word is a combination of these three words: ‘no’, ‘mobile’ and ‘phobia’

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24 Dec 2018

Do New Year resolutions deliver? Here are some of the best examples of resolutions people make every year

New Year and resolutions go together. We look at shedding our dirty baggage and hugging elusive virtues

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17 Dec 2018
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