February 23, 2013

Weekly Finds: February 23, 2013

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Every week, we’ll be sharing a list of posts, stories, news, or opinions that we've run across the Internet during the past week or two. We won't be discussing them in detail here, but we do encourage you to check them out as they could contain valuable ideas and insights for your IELTS exam.

If you're ready, here we go...


The Greengrocer's Apostrophe, and Why You Shouldn't Buy It!

For those who don't know, greengrocer's apostrophe is a term used in Britain (and maybe elsewhere) to describe the incorrect use of apostrophes in plurals.

Gerunds - Do You Use Them Correctly?

A gerund is a present participle used as a noun and end in "-ing." Do you know how to use them properly?

Changing from Singular to Plural in English

In most cases it's easy to change from the singular to the plural form of a noun - just add 's' to the end of the word. However, there are exceptions to this rule depending on whether the word ends in 's', 'ch', 'sh', etc., in which case we add 'es' to the word. Learn all about the rules for changing from singular to plural, as well as the exceptions.


Humor for Writers – Writer's Wedding

Find out what happened at the wedding of this successful Sci-fi writer.

News English Lessons

Here are some reading, listening, and vocabulary exercises.


Nervous? Don't sweat it.

The author shares a few do's and don'ts to help us out in speaking.

This Is Your Brain on Fear (Infographic)

A look at what happens inside your brain when you're afraid.


People vs. Persons

What’s the difference between people and persons?

Medicine or Medication?

What's the difference between medicine and medication?

Difference between ago and before

What's the difference between ago and before?

On culinary vocabulary

The author discusses why some food names are weird.

Dolch Sight Words Flash Cards

Free printable Dolch sight words flash cards for fun words learning activities. Check out some deas that could be played using the cards.

Words in the News: Frankenstorm

What is the meaning of the word Frankenstorm?

Removing "Retarded" From Our Vocabulary

The author writes: "We've all but eliminated racial slurs from our vocabulary but for some reason, we support the use of the word retarded. It's time to re-evaluate our words."

Where does the expression 'to mind your Ps and Qs' come from?

The concept seems reasonable enough– behaving well and not giving offence – but quite what the letters P and Q have to do with this is a little more mysterious. Why not B and D, or M and N, or any other combination

Prepositions: Vocabulary for Beginning Readers

Basic vocabulary, like knowing prepositions, is necessary for beginning readers. Teach prepositions with this simple game.

How to Acquire Vocabulary

The author shares three easy ways to help you acquire vocabulary fairly fast.

Words and Their Stories: Military Expressions

The author shares a number of terms associated with the military.



writing mistakes that can hurt your reputation.

Keeping it formal – your academic writing

The author shares some tips for keeping your academic writing formal and appropriate.