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Understanding the language: Here's how spoken and written English are completely different

There is a world of difference between spoken and written English. In this column, Albert P' Rayan explores certain nuances of the two so that we understand the language a little better. Ready? 

Published on 17th October 2020
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Let's bid goodbye to old, overused terms: Common cliches you can avoid in the English language

Have the habit of using high-sounding phrases and old-fashioned words in formal letters and emails? Don't think that you can impress the reader by using them and overusing the word, 'please'

Published on 4th October 2020
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What’s the right thing to say? Here's how you can respond to greetings appropriately

Don't know how to respond when people ask you 'How's you?' or 'How's things?' In this English Blues column, you might understand the greeting and how to respond to it properly and appropriately 

Published on 5th September 2020
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English Blues: What do words like 'on cloud nine', 'music to my ears' mean?

When we say that something is music to our ears, we mean that it is pleasant to hear.  Everyone is happy to hear kind and encouraging words said by others

Published on 27th July 2020
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Why all anglophiles should read author and columnist  Albert P'Rayan's latest book, English Essentials

The book promises to decode all the 'isms' and give a comprehensive understanding of the English language. This is the popular columnist's second book after English Blues and promises a great read!

Published on 22nd January 2020
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Driving away the English Blues: Here's how you can learn the language easily

‘English Blues’ refers to the hardships one faces while trying to master the language. Here are ways for the learners to drive them away and learn easily

Published on 14th December 2019
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English Blues: Here's how 'Howdy' originated

What is the meaning of the phrase ‘How do you do’? Did you know that it used to be a greeting and not a question?

Published on 5th October 2019
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English Blues: Let's talk about a few confusing idioms and phrases

Here's decoding a few idioms and phrases and how one shouldn't always go with a phrase's literal meaning 

Published on 21st September 2019
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English Blues: Do you understand the meaning of these news-related terms?

Are you familiar with the words/ phrases kingpin, prima facie, vendetta and benefit of doubt? Here, we explain the meanings of a few terms to you

Published on 24th August 2019
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Update your vocabulary, know the difference between who and whom 

Traditional grammarians (formal) go by traditional grammar rules whereas modern grammarians (normal) go by the evidence of language in use

Published on 28th May 2018
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Vacation or holiday, pupil or student: Find out what's the correct usage here 

The most noticeable difference between American and British English is the vocabulary. There are numerous words that are different and used in entirely different contexts

Published on 6th May 2018
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Learning to get the grammar and usage right in the English language

While grammar is a set of rules that are essential to make meaningful utterances, usage is the way in which words and phrases are actually used in a language community

Published on 23rd April 2018
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Here's how you can improve your fluency in English language

The only way to improve your English communication skill is by speaking more and by reading. With the advent of technology, there are numerous e-books, apps and materials online which you can refer

Published on 12th April 2018
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The know-how of the usability of transitive and intransitive verbs in sentence construction

English grammar with all its dos and don'ts can be quite daunting for some, but there is a sheer joy in mastering the language in its true essence. Do you agree?

Published on 30th March 2018
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Why you need to know the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs

Grammatical errors can make or break a sentence, especially in the English language, and getting them right is as basic as it gets

Published on 22nd March 2018

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