January 26, 2013

Weekly Finds: January 26, 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...


Writing & Grammar: Verb Agreement

On one level, it is considered elementary. But as soon as your sentences become a little more sophisticated, verb agreement becomes more challenging.

Findings: What do verbs have to do with pronouns?

The authors share their findings on how verbs seem to affect pronoun resolution.

The Past Conditional - conjugated verbs

The past real conditional is used to describe an action that generally happened in a particular situation in the past.

A Copywriter’s Beef With Grammar Rules

The author shares her secret: "(Y)ou don’t have to follow all the rules you learned in your high school English class."

Using Parallelism in Your E-Learning Courses

Here's great advice from Desiree at E-Learning Uncovered about using parallelism effectively in your e-learning courses.

Expletives are not always bad words

In the minds of many, "expletive" is understood to describe a curse word, but in grammar it differs.

Plurals and Apostrophes (Mostly) Don’t Mix

The apostrophe has three functions: To help indicate possession (boy’s), to mark contraction (it’s), and to convert a singular letter, number, or initialism to a plural. However, the mark has all but been relieved of duty in its third task.


Improve English Reading & Listening

Is reading and listening to English at the same time a good learning technique? Will it help you speak English better?


6 Ways to Get Yourself to Achieve Anything

We all have some crazy goals or aspirations that we would love more than anything to achieve. The question is - how do we achieve these seemingly impossible aspirations?


Patience is hard and it takes practice. Patience is really about having the inner strength to stick to your guns, face your fears, repeatedly let go of internal expectations, and have trust that it will all work out in the end.


Use Body Language to Improve Your Self-Confidence

Want to reduce speaking anxiety? Use body language! Here are powerful tips on using your body to look and feel more confident.


The Purposes of “Per”

Per (from a Latin word meaning “by,” “by means of,” or “through”) is widely employed in English, but it -- or a phrase in which it appears -- isn’t necessarily the best option. Here’s a guide to using (or not using) per.

5 Words That Make You Sound Stupid

These are some of the most commonly misused words. Find out if you're an offender.

Weird Words Won’t Win

The author argues that a very important criterion for the success of a new word is that it shouldn’t raise eyebrows. It should be inconspicuous, unobtrusive, camouflaged as something familiar, in order to slip through the gates of our language.


Query Letter vs Letter of Introduction: Which to Use When

Here’s something fun about being a freelance writer: If you want a gig writing an article for a magazine or a newsletter for a business, you can get it, even without a lot of experience. How? You can send that market a short pitch letter or email and land the assignment.