Quotation marks: uses, rules, British/American styles

Quotation marks (inverted commas) are one of the unique punctuation marks in English. They’re generally used to show what someone has said, though they have other uses. Moreover, they’re sometimes used in different ways in British and American English. Uses of quotation marks To enclose a direct speech. Example: ‘Who else was there with him?’ she queried. Note that the word following the closing quotation mark starts with a small letter (unless it’s a proper noun or ‘I’).   To draw attention to emphasized or unusual words, such as informal…

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‘see’ or ‘watch’ a movie: all you should know

Most of us know we can see a movie when we go to the cinema, but when to use watch has somehow become an unresolved subject. Even if you browse the internet, you could be more confused as no single individual seem to give a definite answer. There are answers and explanations for this seemingly confusing pair, so read this post and search no further – and we hope you find what you need. see or watch We naturally use watch to mean that we look at something that is changing or moving…

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Clap him or clap for him: all the explanation you need

If you think ‘clap for him’ is correct but ‘clap him’ is not, this discourse is for you; if you think ‘clap for him’ sounds weird and ‘clap him” is the standard, this is also for you. Confused? Don’t be. Take a deep breath and read on. We will look at how and where different speakers (all of which speak English as a primary language) use the above expression, with a new insight for everyone, no matter which style you use. Let’s get to it right away. Every discourse I…

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You’ve seen and studied question-and-answer books, but would you love to see one with a simplified explanation of each answer? That’s what this ebook is all about. Whether you’re studying for an examination or just need lessons in modern English, this is for you. You would love it—rest assured. May you find the knowledge you seek. Download.  

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Do you pronounce ‘Tuesday’ correctly?

Research shows the word ‘Tuesday’ is mispronounced by a large number of people. In British English, it’s commonly pronounced as /ˈtʃuːzdeɪ/, just like ‘choozday’. In American English, it’s /ˈtuːzdeɪ/, just like ‘toozday’.                                                       Tip: ‘Tuesday’ is always capitalized because it’s a proper noun like other days of the week. Examples: I’ll visit him on Tuesday. Tuesday is her favourite day.

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