English exercises and handouts

The World is a textbook.

Introducing Instant handouts. If I had to choose a professional credo, it would be, The world is the textbook. Unfortunately, this textbook does not come with exercises so I often found myself desgning my own worksheets for students. Hours and hours of my life are spent writing word lists, gap-filling ...

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Practise or practice?

What is the correct spelling: practise or practice?

It depends on which version of English you're using: in British English usage, the noun is practice and the verb is practise. In American English usage, both the noun and the verb are ...

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British or English?

What is the difference between England and Britain (or Great Britain)? Three countries make up Great Britain: England, Scotland and Wales.

the United Kingdom

So England is part of Great Britain, and a Scotsman (a person of Scottish origin) is British, too. A person born in Wales is Welsh, and they are British ...

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They're, their or there?

These three words are often used incorrectly too, just like it's and its, even by native speakers. Again, it's not very difficult to remember which is correct when.

They're is the short form of they are:

My parents have gone on holiday and they're in France ...

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It's or its?

These two words are very often confused. A typical mistake is when somebody uses "its" instead of "it's", although the opposite often happens, too. Actually, it's not very difficult to remember which is correct in a given situation:

you can only use it's if it is the ...

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