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Idioms

Often used informally or conversationally, idioms are common metaphorical expressions that convey ideas via imagery. In the right contexts, they can be a great way to enliven and familiarize your writing. A few examples: After Sharon discussed her options with Tom, it was clear that she was really on the fence about whether to move […]

Expand Your Vocab

If you’re looking to expand your vocabulary, here a few ways to start: Dictionary.com offers free email subscriptions to its word of the day feature. (Look for “Get Word of the Day” and “Free Email Sign Up” on the sidebar.) Merriam-Webster also offers word of the day emails and podcasts. (Scroll down to find “Subscribe […]

Simple Past vs. Present Perfect

The present perfect tense is used to describe actions that took place in the past and continue to be relevant in the present – and, in some cases, actions that took place in the past and continue to take place in the present. The simple past tense is used to describe actions that took place […]