December 22, 2012

Weekly Finds: December 22, 2012

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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...


How to correct 90 percent of grammar mistakes with a single piece of jewelry.

This real necklace is an efficient, subtle new way to tell the world your you're tired of its lazy attitude toward the English language, without even having to speak it.

The Verb To Do

The verb to do is another common verb in English. It can be used as an auxiliary and a main verb. It is often used in questions.

Question Tags in English

Guide to the use of question tags in English for ESL and EFL learners. Question tags are explained including variations on meaning through pronunciation, as well as examples of question tags in a variety of tenses.

Comparative and superlative adjectives

This are very handy tools for your writing and speaking exam.

Funner Grammar

The author shares his thoughts on the word "funner."

The Fundamentals of Verbs

This post outlines the basic principles of the verb, the workhorse of language.

Past Perfect – English Grammar

The past perfect is “the past before the past.” You can use it to talk about an event that happened before another event in the past. The past perfect is formed with: had + past participle.

Use of That

Sometimes it's OK to omit the word 'that'; sometimes it isn't. Read this post to learn more.

Poor grammar, not accents, lead to misunderstanding

A new study suggests grammar and vocabulary, not pronunciation, are key to effective oral communication.

We were stood at the bar talking about continuous tenses. . .

The author asks whether there is a decline and fall in the use of continuous tenses.

Prepositions of Time in English

Learn the difference between on, in, at, before, ago, after, later, by, until, and other prepositions of time in English.


Punctuation pet peeves, and more

The author shares her top 4 punctuation pet peeves; plus good reads from Amy Wallace, and more.

Colons: Don’t Let Them Be a Pain in Your Ass

Here are the latest, greatest rules about colons from Grammar Girl and CMS 16 (that’s the sixteenth edition of the Chicago Manual of Style for those of you who aren’t in the know) about COLONS.

The Evolution of the Emoticon

Who uses the nosed and the noseless varieties of emoticons?


Your Body Language Speaks for You in Meetings

You have to mind how you talk to people at least as much as what you say to them.


We all want our presentations to go well, but often times there are barriers that get in the way of us reaching our presentation destination from fear to self-limiting beliefs.

Five Keys to Using the Power of Your Voice for Public Speaking Success

Your voice is a powerful tool in creating the success of your speeches and presentations. Just on its own, it can make or break your public speaking. Use these five tips to learn how to harness the power of your voice.


Don't Be An Idiom: Explaining "Three Sheets to the Wind"

The author started the first in an ongoing series of pieces that will attempt to explain where some of the phrases we frequently use first originated.

Words matter: illegal or undocumented?

The connotations between the two words are vast.

Grammar Gremlins: Some words sow confusion

The words "myriad" and "enamored" can cause confusion because we hear and see them used two ways.

New words, new concerns: Changes in language reflect the post-recession economy

Recent additions to the dictionary reflect many of the changes brought by the Recession.

The Importance of Building Your Vocabulary (And 5 Easy Steps to Doing It)

The authors talk about removing another kind of filler from our speech (and our writing as well): empty words. They believe that just like empty calories have the form of food but offer no nourishment to the eater, empty words take the form of verbiage, but offer no substance to the listener – leaving them hungry for meaning and details.

Fear of having no mobile phone rises

What does 'nomophobia' mean?

Don't forget the words... keep your vocab muscles strong

The author suggests 3 things: Read, write, and rehearse.


Confessions of an English Tutor: The Two Writing Errors EVERYBODY Makes

The author shares that everywhere she looked people were making the same mistakes with regard to run-ons and fragments.