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Expector's Tips on English Usage (5): no doubt

Yes, 'no doubt' ('probably') means you assume that something is true or likely to happen - it sounds like 'I suppose', for example, 'No doubt Expector will give us another blog challenge soon.'

If you want to say something is certainly or definitely true, you use 'there is no doubt that'. You can say 'There is no doubt that your English has improved.' 

You can also use 'without (any) doubt' ('absoulately certain') to emphasize…


Added by Expector Smith on October 27, 2016 at 0:00 — 3 Comments

My New Writing Challenge: a Short Story.


Added by Danny Clark on October 20, 2016 at 14:00 — 63 Comments

10 English Phraseologies and Story Behind Them

Phraseology can be defined as the way a particular group of people uses words or phrases. In linguistics, phraseology can be defined as the study of set or fixed expressions, i.e. idioms, and phrasal verbs, which are collectively referred to as phrasemes, in which the major wording of the expression takes on another deeper meaning that would not have been predictable if the words were used independently. These are some of the…


Added by Patrick Cole on October 20, 2016 at 11:30 — 6 Comments

The Outstanding Significance of the Air Pollution-Smog

Warning:The following article contains material that is too fake, viewer discretion is advised.

Having been living in the smog for more than 100 years, people in the planet finally found the truth that the smog was an invaluable possession human donated to the earth. There are many ways of taking advantage of the smog proved to be practical and…


Added by Jade on October 17, 2016 at 13:53 — 10 Comments

5 Difficulties EFL Learners Face and What they Can Do About It

English is the most widely spoken language in the entire world. However, it is also challenging to learn, especially for foreign learners. The difficulty learners have depends on language or languages they know. English is easier to learn if a person already speaks a language with the same roots. Here we look at 5 difficulties English poses to those learning it as a foreign language and how they can fight these issues.…


Added by Rick Riddle on October 10, 2016 at 10:47 — 1 Comment

Writing Challenge: Funny stories :p

Hi Guys,

what about to take some funny challenge? Well, let's test our sense of humour and try to make up some cool, hillarious posts! Are you up to it??? I will give you eight words and your (maybe also mine) task will be to use them in your blog:…


Added by Luci on October 9, 2016 at 9:48 — 23 Comments

Expector's Tips on English Usage (4): comma splice

Yes, it's a common mistake to link two independent clauses with a comma. That is called 'comma splice' or 'comma fault'.

You can use a period/full stop, a semicolon, or a comma with a coordinating conjunction to connect two independent clauses:

(comma splice/fault) "I went for a walk, she cooked a meal."

(correct) "I went for a walk. She cooked a meal."

(correct) "I went for a walk; she cooked a meal."

(correct) "I went for…


Added by Expector Smith on October 7, 2016 at 7:45 — 9 Comments

Writing (100 Blogs)

It is wrong to think that one can write English by mastering a few rules of grammar. Rules of grammar do count, but they are not the whole. Thus, it's possible that one may write English which may be grammatically correct but may not be good English. Perspicuity or lucidity is the first requisite of a good style.

Most learners labour under the misunderstanding that the only English worth writing is the English overloaded with difficult words and phrases. They prefer long and… Continue

Added by arif saeed on October 5, 2016 at 17:30 — 11 Comments

Take a cup of tea and ignore everything

Not so happy for waking up early in the morning? After reading newspaper are you frustrated? Really at present the all newspapers are so busy to publish negative news. War, corruption, rape, robbery, murder is every pages is newspapers. So you have rights to be unhappy in the morning. How will be happy? May be for whole night there was not available electricity. You have sweated all the night for hot weather. You are so angry from morning. What to do…


Added by Rajib on October 1, 2016 at 10:00 — 24 Comments

When Sapphire takes up extreme sport

I am not into extreme sport. Maybe because I haven't found a good chance to do that. The most impressive experience I have just when I try to do rafting. That day, with my friends we took up rafting activity when we were in holiday vacation out of town. I felt afraid when I was seeing the river in front of me. I saw its wave and seemed it was deep enough drowning me if I fell. However, finally, I decided to face my fear, because most of my friends seemed brave and excited. And I didn't want…


Added by Sapphire on October 1, 2016 at 3:20 — 11 Comments

Expector's Tips on English Usage (3): 'I don't think...'

Yes, you say "I don't think it is the case.", rather than "I think it is not the case.",  if you think something is not the case. 

That is, if 'think', 'suppose', 'believe' or 'imagine' is used to introduce a negative idea, you say 'I don't think...', 'I don't suppose...', etc. The usage is called 'transferred negation'. 

You also say 'I don't think so.', 'I don't suppose so.', etc - in a negative 'short answer' structure. 

The word…


Added by Expector Smith on September 30, 2016 at 12:00 — 16 Comments

The Literary Contest II: Thrilling Stories.

Today I am posting your great thrilling stories and will ask you again to tell your opitions about them. Of course, you  should choose the story you like best of all or make a "like-wise" list. The idea of these blogs is for you to practice as literary critics.  Please, don't pay attention to the words in bold as…


Added by Danny Clark on September 30, 2016 at 10:30 — 36 Comments

Are you....?

"Are you following me?", these words have two faced coin for me. One is dreadful and the other is humorous.

It was late afternoon or I should say early evening, a dusk moment. On my way home after the whole day of work, the normal me will just utter my silent prayer and thank God for His help to consummate the whole day work (because I believe I can never do this alone). My house is just a walking distance from my office, as I turned left at the corner of Aster Clinic opposite of…


Added by Risty Aven on September 26, 2016 at 13:00 — 18 Comments

Expector's Tips on English Usage (2): 'not A or B'

Yes, I mean you should use 'or' (not 'and') after a negative verb, for example, you say "I don't like football or basketball.", not "I don't like football and basketbll." - that is, 'or' means 'and not' here. 

It's not uncommon for a learner to use 'and' in place of 'or' in a situation like that - I know they are trying to say they don't like both of them: both football and basketball. 

It may have something to do with the…


Added by Expector Smith on September 24, 2016 at 3:30 — 22 Comments

My New Writing Challenge: Another/the Other, Others/the Others.

Dear friends! I will tell you about these problematic adjectives and how to use them correctly. We use them differently with/as singular and plural nouns. Besides, these adjectives can be used as nouns, both singular and plural.



Added by Tanya on September 21, 2016 at 15:38 — 20 Comments


Finally, i and my wife has been defeated by our both children that to fulfilled one of them wish. is buy three goldfishes for them.

i wouldn't like to buy a goldfish for children just because of it's hard to keeping these delicately small species alive more than a while when kids got them.

when we got home, children more than delight and changing the fresh water for these little honey in glass pot and around it to talking with goldfish, by then, fishes and human beings get on…


Added by Kevin liu on September 18, 2016 at 16:48 — 7 Comments

My Writing Challenge: Too/Either/Also.

My friends! Today I will tell you how to use too/either/also correctly.

TOO has three different uses. We use TOO only in affirmative sentences and questions without negation and separate it with coma(s).

1. Before an adjective or an adverb it means excessively, to a higher degree…


Added by Danny Clark on September 21, 2016 at 12:07 — 9 Comments

Expector's Tips on English Usage (1): replace or substitute

Yes, 'tip' means 'advice'. From now on, I'll try to give you some tips on English usage - every week or every month or whenever I feel like giving such a tip. 

The tips aren't really blog challenges, though you can write a blog on any tip I give you - sure, I'll try to correct you If you write such a blog. 

I hope you'll agree it's a good idea for me to give you such a tip often. You could also consult a dictionary or a native English teacher if you're not sure…


Added by Expector Smith on September 17, 2016 at 4:30 — 9 Comments

My Writing Challenge: So and Such

Hi, my dear friends! You all write many emotional blogs and comments here and often use these words, but you often use them incorrectly. So, I will give you some simple explanations so that you will not make such mistakes in the future.

SO is used before an…


Added by Tanya on September 16, 2016 at 13:35 — 42 Comments

Expector's Blog Challenge : It's and its (Practice makes perfect)

It's important to practice regularly if we want to improve our English skills. Some of us may think it's an easy task, but actually it's a long and gradual process and takes a lot of effort, time and…


Added by Shoba on September 16, 2016 at 8:00 — 18 Comments

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