There are quite a few different accents in English, and a problem is being able to tell them apart, and knowing which one you should sound like. The previous examples have all been in the American accent to make things simpler. When you are first learning English you should only…


You most likely know how to say these sounds: ‘m’ ‘p’, ‘s’ and ‘d’. However do you know how to say them when they are together? For example have you ever had to say a word like ‘glimpsed’

There are FOUR consonants in a row at the end of this…


Research has proved that the average speaker of a language knows between 45,000 and 60,000 words. Where do these words come from? Is it really possible to store all these words, as well as all the grammatical rules and so much more information (that is not necessarily related to the…


Earlier computer keyboards were based either on teletype machines or keypunches. By the late ’70s and early ’80s, all computers used electronic keyboards. The layout of the computer keyboard still owes its origin to the inventor of the first typewriter, Christopher Latham Sholes. He also invented the QWERTY layout, and laid out the keys in such a way that common two-letter combinations were placed on opposite sides of the keyboard so that his mechanical keyboard would not jam.


A tongue twister is a phrase, sentence, or rhyme that presents difficulties when spoken as it contains similar sounds- Whistle for the thistle sifter, for example. …


This has the following uses:
1. To separate items in a list:
We need carrots, broccoli, oranges(,) and tomatoes for this dish.

2. To place a section of a sentence or noun phrase in parentheses:
Garfield, the international cartoon character, is my favourite cat on TV.

Pete, now sleeping on the sofa, cleaned the drawing…


Tense refers to a verb form which tells the time of a state or action in a sentence.


Some Useful Tips on Direct and Indirect (or Reported) Speech
(submitted by V. Suresh )

Man is a social animal, a gregarious being, and he is always eager to share what he has heard. When he repeats to a companion what he has heard another person say, he may use…


(submitted by V. Suresh )

There are two things involved in the action of a transitive verb: the actor (or agent) and the thing affected by his act. Since voice pertains to action, only transitive verbs (having a ‘doer’ and a ‘done-to’) can be cast into passive voice.

Suresh constructed…


A recent discovery showed a great leap in the study of artificial cells, they can now communicate with existing cells inside the human body.

A new artificial cell

A research collaboration from the University of Alberta and the Unversity of Trento in Italy has led to the discovery of a new artificial cell. This…

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