Sunday, January 24, 2010

COMMON MISTAKES - Affect vs. Effect

Here are two words which sound alike and are often used the wrong way.

Affect (verb): to modify something
Effect (noun): the result of a modification

Were you affected by the new tax?
The visual effects of the movie were incredible.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

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Saturday, January 16, 2010


This lesson focuses on the use of PAST, PRESENT and CONDITIONAL forms used in the hit song and music video of 2009: UNITED BREAKS GUITARS by Dave Carroll and The Sons of Maxwell.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Apostrophe Police is on Patrol

Just found this great BLOG that really goes into the misuse of apostrophes, with a touch of humor. This blog is like the Sherlock Holmes of Apostrophe Catastrophe... nothing escapes them.

Really great stuff, like this one for a place that serves "Traditional English Breakfast", as well as croissant's and coffee's.

You can find it at:

If you've got a few minutes, take the time to go through some of these. Some are harder to spot than others.

One thing is for sure. We'll definitely be producing a sequel to our Apostrophe Castrophe video lesson.

So stay tuned, English Users!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Right and Wrong USE of 'S (Apostrophe S)

This lesson is about the right and wrong use of: 's (apostrophe "s") in the English Language.