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New Year’s Day has come and gone, and most of us are still adjusting to having to remember the year is no longer 2015. January is a great month to focus on new beginnings and goals for the year that has just started. Here are some fun activities and facts about the New year:

Most Often Mispronounced Words in English

The following words are all very common, yet they often present pronunciation difficulties. Hopefully, these tips will make it a little easier to say each word more clearly.

1. Clothes – the “th” sound followed by an “s” is very difficult even for native speakers.  Pronounce this word just like the word “close” as in: “Please close the door.”
Say: I wear clothes (close) when I close the door.


Cool Word Facts

The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."

"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

Almonds are members of the peach family.

The symbol on the "pound" key (#) is called an octothorpe.

The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.

Ingrown toenails are hereditary.

The word "set" has more definitions than any other word in the English language.

"Underground" is the only word in the English language that beginsand ends with the letters "und."


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Humorous Photos That Prove Commas Are Very Important

Commas (,) can make the meaning of sentences clear by grouping and separating words, phrases, and clauses. Here are a couple of funny photos that will prove how a single comma can make a major difference which can result in ambiguous sentences.  

What is she cooking?!

Without commas, every magazine cover would look like this:



13 Phrasal Verbs with "Get"

A phrasal verb is a combination of a verb and an adverb or preposition, which has a particular meaning, such as ‘look after’, ‘hurry up’, ‘give in’, ‘chill out’, ‘get away with’ and ‘bring up’. For example in the sentence ‘Don’t tell me how to bring up my children!’, ‘bring up’ means ‘raise’. An adverb or preposition in a phrasal verb is sometimes called a particle.

Below is a list of phrasal verbs that begin with GET and their example sentences.

1. get away = go on a vacation       


Who or Whom?

Do you ever wonder about who vs. whom? Which one should you use and when? The rules can be confusing and many people have trouble deciding whether to use who or whom. All you have to remember is who is used for the subject (of the sentence or the clause), and whom is the object of a preposition. You look for a preposition in order to decide.


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