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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 — 11 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 — 8 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 — 8 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 — 7 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 — 16 Comments

Expector's Blog Challenge: It's and its


It's not so difficult to really learn how to distinguish between it's and its. It's just an issue of paying attention and remember a few pieces of information about "it's" and "its".

Let me tell you first a bit about it's.…


Added by Daniel on September 16, 2016 at 0:00 — 7 Comments

Expector's blog challenge: Its x It's

It's nice feeling to be back to EC and see all these "old, crazy faces" around :D To realize this place has still its special atmosphere and lives its own life, no matter if it's with or without me. Heart of EC is beating and its pulse is time to time high, which is always exciting. In fact, it's cool to watch its members exchanging opinions or fighting...but then ...after some slows down, turns back to normal and breathe again slowly, sometimes it's too slow that people might consider… Continue

Added by LUCInka on September 12, 2016 at 18:44 — 13 Comments

Blog Challenge: it's and its

Are you familiar with the personal pronoun it? I hope so. Then, don't confuse it's with its

Yes, it's is a shortened form of 'it is' or  'it has' (a contraction), while its is the possesive of it

It may not be that easy to use them correctly, though - it's said that even native speakers confuse them. 

The possessive form of a noun has apostrope s ('s) added to it,…


Added by Expector Smith on September 10, 2016 at 10:30 — 13 Comments

Let's Play Jeopardy Again! September

My dear friends! I am unsure of being able to spend much time here tomorrow, so, I am posting this blog today so that you will be able to game here since the moment as we have already got August winners. I propose to start each month with ROUND 1 for us not to deal with multiplace numbers.…


Added by Danny Clark on August 31, 2016 at 13:30 — 910 Comments

Why a rose is presented to express love ?

In my childhood, I used to ponder so much over why a rose is symbolic sign of love. A lover when desires to express his love to his beloved, he does it by presenting a bunch of roses or at least a rose with a smile on his face. I tried my best to find the answer but failed, but when I, myself experienced a love at the youngest age, I was answered of all my queries swirling in my mind.

One of similarities is its unique smell and love has itself a smell which can't be hidden just like… Continue

Added by arif saeed on September 4, 2016 at 9:25 — 18 Comments

Writing Challenge: Back to Phrasal Verbs: Blow Away/Down/Off/Out/Up

My friends! Today I will present you a few phrasal verbs with the same verb and different prepositions.

To blow away - to impress: to shoot a person to death.

To blow down - if something is blown down it has been brought down by the wind (speaking about some heavy objects…


Added by Danny Clark on September 2, 2016 at 12:27 — 33 Comments

Top Members This Month

Yes, I mean 'top members', not 'star members'. Just as you know, it's hard to choose the monthly star members, especially when we're trying to choose someone who's never been chosen as a star member. 

The thing is some of the star members may not have been aware they were star members because they didn't visit MyEC much - they were't really active members and other members didn't think they deserved it. That's to say,  some of the star members are controversial. 



Added by Expector Smith on August 26, 2016 at 11:00 — 73 Comments

Using the Gerund Correctly

My friends! Today I will tell you when and how to use the gerund correctly. The gerund is a part of speech combining the features of a noun and a verb. In the direct sense of the word, it is a noun from the front and a verb from behind. It means that we may use some prepositions and possessive pronouns before…


Added by Tanya on August 26, 2016 at 13:17 — 11 Comments

English Wins

Yes, the 2016 Rio Olympics are over. The United States and the United Kingdom, both of which speak English, have won the most gold medals. 

The US is almost always at the top of the Olympic medal counts - the Rio Olympics is no exception. To my surprise, the UK is number two on the list, not China or Russia or Germany. 

So, English wins - maybe because both of them speak English.…


Added by Expector Smith on August 23, 2016 at 11:00 — 21 Comments

One more writing challenge: Back to Phrasal Verbs: OFF and UP

My friends! I have decided to post a series of blogs dedicated to the phrasal verbs. You see, most of the phrasal verbs are not idioms at all, they are just  combinations of a verb and an appropriate preposition. Today I will tell you about the phrasal verbs with OFF and UP. First of all, you should realize what…


Added by Danny Clark on August 19, 2016 at 12:30 — 17 Comments

My 300th Blog

This is on the motivation of Tanya's writing challenge.

This is also in response to Expector's writing challenge, because it pertains the reported as well as direct narration.


The twilight was in the offing, (it had already started getting dark), when I started driving to the beach.   I moved towards the rock where I was used to sitting.  No, I do not get scared if the…


Added by Mishaikh on August 17, 2016 at 7:30 — 49 Comments

My Writing Challenge: Horryfing Be/Get, Be/Start.

Hi, my dear friends! I was out for some time, but I am back and would like to propose you  one more easy challenge for you to warm up a little. In this challenge, you should write a short story (very short as I am still very busy) using both or any of the given…


Added by Tanya on August 15, 2016 at 14:00 — 29 Comments

Expector's Blog Challenge : Reported speech and Direct speech (Making a mountain out of a molehill)


My friend Anju and I were standing in line to book tickets for a movie. It was getting longer than we expected and Anju was getting annoyed. 

She told me that she would go to the inquiry desk and ask why they hadn't opened the office yet. …


Added by Shoba on August 13, 2016 at 7:00 — 20 Comments

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Who is better to teach English,man or woman ?

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    I think in some socities , some people think that a man is better in teaching English than a woman beacuse habits,traditions,social rules ,etc that play vital role in dealing with boys specially in the countries that ruled by the idea that a man…Continue

What is your dream job?

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Hello my English club member let us speak about jobs and professions. I think members here are mixing of all professions and jobs. Lots of members and a big number of them are still in stage of learning in different learning stages. Let us know the…Continue

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