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Basic English: Positively Negative Posted by on Oct 11, 2018

Some of the most common words in English are negatives. These words express the opposite of a positive statement. There are a lot of them. However, this is English after all, so not all negatives fit into the same grammatical category. Let’s take a little time to clarify which part of speech these negatives belong…

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Public Broadcasting in the U.S. Posted by on Oct 4, 2018

Broadcasting in the United States is widespread and highly competitive. There are an estimated 1700+ television stations and over 15,000 radio stations! There are networks for almost any interest, from California wine to CrossFit. Most of these are commercially owned and operated, meaning that they exist to make a profit. There are also, however, many…

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Collocations with the verb ‘take’ Posted by on Sep 30, 2018

Hey, you guys! The verb take in English can have multiple meanings and many translations. It can have the idea of removing , consuming, capturing, gaining, occupying or acquiring something, among various other possibilities. Besides, there are a number of combinations, also known as collocations with the word take that are used frequently by English speakers. Today’s post…

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The Strange World of Sports Mascots Posted by on Sep 27, 2018

By now, no matter where you are from, you have certainly seen a sports mascot. These animals, or not-quite-real creatures who appear on the sidelines of many sporting events to excite the crowd and make us laugh, have been around for over a century. The Olympics have had mascots for 50 years. But, where did…

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5 Westerns You Must See Posted by on Sep 20, 2018

Notice that I didn’t say that these are the best Westerns. There are thousands of Westerns made by filmmakers over the decades, and I certainly haven’t seen them all. Many, in fact, have been lost forever to the vagaries of time. Still, I have seen quite a few Westerns, and I have a deep love…

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