October 27, 2013

Weekly Finds: October 26, 2013

A Man With Magnifying Glass by digitalart
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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...


Comparing with LIKE & AS

Learn how to compare things and actions correctly.


Java, C, and Python: the etymology of programming languages

Visual BASIC, HTML, XML, PHP? Or the intriguingly named Java, C, or Python? The author sheds a little light on the entertaining and sometimes downright weird world of technology industry etymologies.


Is There a Reason "the Reason Why" Is Considered Wrong?

Many well-meaning writers and editors condemn "the reason why" and "the reason is because" for the crime of redundancy. But that stance (or, at least, part of it) is shaky.


Talking About Shopping

Learn about the various words related to buying.


May or might: what’s the difference?

Over the years, the usage recommendations regarding might and may have become more flexible, but there are still points which you should be aware of, especially if you’re writing or speaking in formal situations.


Set Word Combinations

Certain verbs are much more common than others and will be found in a wide range of set combinations with other words. These are referred to as collocations.


9 Power Quotes for Times of Struggle

The author shares nine power quotes and some additional tips to help inspire you when you need it most.