Free Ebook Download: questions, answers, explanations…

You’ve seen and studied questions/answers 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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Who exactly is a ‘vulcanizer’?

In Nigeria, ‘vulcanizers’ do general maintenance work on vehicle tyres. They patch up punctured tyres, maintain pressure, attach tyres to wheels, etc.   In British and American English, does ‘vulcanizer’ have the same meaning? Here is the answer: Vulcanization is a chemical process of heating natural rubber with sulphur in order to make it tougher or stronger. By extension, a vulcanizer could mean someone who vulcanizes rubber, the equipment used for this process or a substance added to rubber during this process.  In America, people who are called vulcanizers in Nigeria…

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Long time no see: not a Nigerian Pidgin phrase

The expression long time no see is not a phrase coined by Nigerian Pidgin users as believed by some non-native speakers of English. Though in line with Nigerian Pidgin form and style, it is an informal English expression. Long time no see is used to greet someone you haven’t seen for a long time when you see them again. Example: ‘Hi, Nonso. Long time no see.’ I turned and she exclaimed, ‘Is that you, Lola? Long time no see!’ Nigerian Pidgin is an English-based pidgin (combination of English and different Nigerian languages).…

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Popular English expressions we should get right

There are some popular sayings, proverbs and idioms that speakers (predominantly non-native) of English language have used incorrectly over the years. I had firsthand experience of these misconceptions that were (and are still) taught by parents, teachers, peers, etc. around the world. Consequently, it is a propitious time to correct a few of them, so let’s spread the word from here. The point is that sayings, proverbs and idioms do not change—they are fixed and regular. Similarly, collocation is the use of certain words or phrases together. There are no…

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Unforgiveness: not an English word?

Quick answer: No, unforgiveness is not an English word. Have we been foolish for using it for so long? Definitely not! Then why is it so popular? Relax, take a deep breath and let’s discuss it. Forgiveness (noun) is the act of not blaming, not being angry or not punishing someone for something they have done to you. The opposite—as a rule—should be a noun, so unforgiveness was coined and it became popular. Research has shown that you cannot find this word in any English dictionary and that it emanated…

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