Grammar · writing tips

Writing Tips: Where to Put Only and Just in Your Sentence

By Jacqueline Schaalje When writing and speaking you want to be as clear as possible. In writing this is even more important, as the people you write to can’t see your face and the gestures you make with your hands (or feet!). So the following tips are especially important for when you’re writing, although you… Continue reading Writing Tips: Where to Put Only and Just in Your Sentence

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Conversation · reading comprehension · writing tips

Hair Styles Vocabulary: (Almost) Everything You Need to Know about Hair in English

By Jacqueline Schaalje Just when you’ve grown your hair long and luscious (= full), the new spring fashion calls for short hair. Wait, it’s not completely short, but a bob. What’s a bob? That’s the kind of hairstyle that first became popular in the 1920s with the emancipation of women, who also stopped wearing corsets around that time… Continue reading Hair Styles Vocabulary: (Almost) Everything You Need to Know about Hair in English

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Business English · writing tips

How to Write a Business Report: Sales Report

By Jacqueline Schaalje This subject is on request. If you never have to write a sales report, you can skip this. However, later in the article I will give an overview of common sales terms that you might find useful even if you’re not a salesperson. What’s a Sales Report for? A sales report is… Continue reading How to Write a Business Report: Sales Report

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sentence types · writing tips

Quick Tip How to Get Better Writing: Use Different Sentence Types

By Jacqueline Schaalje One thing that will make your writing much better is to vary the sentence type. It doesn’t matter what kind of text you’re writing: it can be a story, an essay or a report. For whatever text you write, you can be sure that people will get bored when the sentences all… Continue reading Quick Tip How to Get Better Writing: Use Different Sentence Types

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ESL grammar · Grammar · writing tips

Garden Path Sentences – Crazy Sentences that Do Have Meaning

By Jacqueline Schaalje Henry Burrows At last, a fun subject!. Has it happened to you that you read a sentence and you thought: Heck, this sentence has no meaning? But then you read the sentence again, and a miracle happens: the pieces fall into place. And suddenly the sentence does make sense. For instance, what do… Continue reading Garden Path Sentences – Crazy Sentences that Do Have Meaning

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ESL grammar · Grammar · writing tips

Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences

A Sentence for Every Occasion By Jacqueline Schaalje Warning: This is a lesson at Expert level. If you’re a beginner, read only the first part in this article about simple sentences, and then do something else. In this article you’ll learn how to write and recognize simple sentences, then compound sentences, and finally complex sentences. As… Continue reading Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences

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email writing · writing tips

Formal and Informal Language in Emails

By Jacqueline Schaalje I’ve written about this subject before here.  In that article you could read about the differences between formal and informal language in emails. Formal language uses could and may. We then learnt how to make formal emails more friendly. When you’re writing it’s very important to sound friendly, because your message is meant… Continue reading Formal and Informal Language in Emails

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writing tips

Writing is Good but Short Writing is Better

This article won’t teach you so much about good grammar or even the right word choice, but how to improve your writing style. You can easily improve your style if you shorten your sentences. Make your sentences relevant and put in only the important information! Problem: Writing Three Sentences with the Same Information You’ve probably seen this… Continue reading Writing is Good but Short Writing is Better

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email writing · formal and informal language · writing tips

How Formal Should You Be in Emails?

It’s important to be aware of using formal language and informal language when you’re writing emails. I’m sure you have formal and informal words and phrases in your own language too. When to Use May and Would You can write in formal language, and use words such as “May” and “Would.” When do you think… Continue reading How Formal Should You Be in Emails?

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email writing · writing tips

How to Write Great Sentences for Emails – Using Connectors

A reader of the newsletter asked me to write about this subject. Contrary to what you might think, you don’t need to write complicated language for emails. The opposite is true. Many people receive hundreds of emails every day, and they need to understand quickly what you want. What makes an email easier to understand… Continue reading How to Write Great Sentences for Emails – Using Connectors

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