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  • Hero Asked on 16/04/2018 in English Speaking.

    I would like to find speaking partner in English and my phone number is +381652060689 

    RE: Just want to chat

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  • Hero Asked on 22/03/2018 in English Grammar.

    You can definitely rely on it. It’s really good! I use it myself!

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  • Hero Asked on 06/03/2018 in English Grammar.

    Meaning of I.E.

    The abbreviation i.e. is often used in written English in order to mean something like that isthat is to say, or in other words.

    Coming from the Latin phrase id est, which literally means “it/that is,” it essentially provides an alternate way of saying something. Though this expression is mostly reserved for more formal, written language, it can also be used in spoken English.

    In that case, you would pronounce the letters individually (“I-E”).

    • Everytime we think, we do it through language, that is to say, words.  Everytime we think, we do it through language, i.e., words.
    • If I bump into some desperate, sleazy guy (in other words, Alex), at the party, please save me.  If I bump into some desperate, sleazy guy (i.e., Alex) at the party, please save me.
    • This class is like any other one at my university. In other words, it’s very difficult.  This class is like any other one at my university, i.e., it’s very difficult.

     

    As you can see from these examples above, the two terms that the abbreviation i.e. connects together are equivalent to each other. Sometimes, the equivalence can be straightforward, such as with language and words, while other times, i.e. can be used for a humorous effect.

    In the second example, the speaker is worried about a possible encounter with a “desperate, sleazy guy,” but she uses the expression i.e. to indicate that she is actually thinking about a specific person, i.e., Alex.

     

    I.e. is an abbreviation particularly common in academic writing. However, it’s not the only abbreviation used, and you’re probably familiar with a few others:

    • E.g. means for example. It comes from the Latin phrase exemplī grātiā, which means “for the sake of an example,” and is pronounced “E-G.”
      • Thousands of species around the world, for example, the red wolf and the West African lion, are critically endangered.  Thousands of species around the world, e.g., the red wolf and the West African lion, are critically endangered.
    • Etc. means and so on or and so forth. It comes from the Latin phrase et cetera and is pronounced “et SET-er-a.” It is often used at the end of a list in order to indicate more possible options.
      • There’s tons of stuff to do in the city: shopping, museums, restaurants, and so on.  There’s tons of stuff to do in the city: shopping, museums, restaurants, etc.

     

    Note that these types of abbreviations, which are originally Latin expressions, are different from more casual abbreviations often found in texted English. These include hmuwtflol, etc. and are much more informal than the Latin-based abbreviations!

     

    What’s the difference between i.e. and e.g.?

    Many people get these two abbreviations confused. The easiest way to remember the difference is that i.e. indicates an equivalent expression, while e.g. indicates an example within a greater category. The following would be incorrect:

    • There are many subsets of anthropology, i.e., sociocultural anthropology. 

    Here, sociocultural anthropology is only one specific kind of anthropology and therefore only one example. Therefore, it would be better to use e.g.

    • The job has flexible hours and pays well, e.g., it’s a good job. 

    In this example, it’s very clear that we’re dealing with two statements that essentially mean the same thing. Therefore, we should use i.e. instead.

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  • Hero Asked on 19/02/2018 in No Category.

    This might help you https://www.myenglishteacher.eu/blog/in-behalf-of-or-on-behalf-of-what-is-the-difference/

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  • Hero Asked on 07/02/2018 in How To.

    Where would you like to use our materials?

    Which material would you like to print?

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  • Hero Asked on 03/01/2018 in English Vocabulary.

    The two words, corrupt and bribe can both be used as verbs. However only bribe can be used as a noun as corrupt isn’t a noun it is an adjective.

    Even though corrupt and bribe can be used as verbs, they both have different meanings. When we use corrupt as a verb, it means to change something that was good to bad or to make somebody behave a certain way that they usually wouldn’t behave or to pervert something.

    For example, some parents believe that certain television programmes or movies can corrupt their children’s minds. The child might see an actor on TV talking back to a parent or a teacher and think its cool so the child starts to mimic these actions.

     

    On the other hand, when we use bribe as a verb it is referring to the act of giving or getting a bribe to or from somebody. When a person gives a bribe to somebody, it means they give money or some form of present to somebody in order to get him/her to do something immoral, illegal or dishonest.

    For example, a criminal may try to bribe a witness before his or her trial, the witness could be bribed with money, gifts or favours and in return the witness would have to remain quiet to protect the criminal.

    Here are a few examples of corrupt and bribe being used as verbs:

    • In recent decades we have seen how money and power can corrupt people, certain people become greedy and start to want more money and more power. Their morals start to change and they end up doing immoral things they may not have done before, all for the sake of making more money and gaining more power.
    • The mother tried to bribe her children with a movie night and treats as she needed them to be good while she hosted a dinner party for friends. She told them that if they were good all day they could watch a movie later and eat as many sweets as they wanted.
    • The company bribed one of their employees last year, they promised to give him an early bonus this year as long as he stayed quiet about an upcoming case against the company. The employee accepted the bribe but he felt they had corrupted him so he quit one month later.

     

    Now, let’s see how we can use bribe as a noun and corrupt as an adjective. The noun bribe refers to the money, gift or favour given by somebody to bribe another person. This gift acts as an incentive to get the person to do something they wouldn’t normally do.

    For example:

    • The employee got a promotion as a bribe to ensure that she wouldn’t sue the company for the unlawful treatment she experienced from her manager.
    • The dog owner has been using dog treats as a bribe while training the young puppy. The treats are a great way to bribe the dog and give her praise when she does something right.

     

    The adjective corrupt is used to describe people or things that are corrupt, immoral, wrong, dishonest and so on.

    For example:

    • The corrupt politicians gained power and earned more money, the money that should have been going to the most vulnerable people in the country were going straight into the dishonest and corrupt politicians pockets.
    • The corrupt staff members allowed their colleague to take the blame. They knew that if the authorities found out how much they had stolen from the company, they would be in jail for a very long time.

    As you can see from the explanations and examples above, we can’t use the words interchangeably without changing the meaning of the sentence.

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  • Hero Asked on 03/01/2018 in English Vocabulary.

    Even though these two words look and sound very similar they are actually quite different. To begin with enable is a verb whereas unable is an adjective.

    To enable somebody or something means to give power or ability to a person or a thing  to do something, to give them the ability to do something.

    To enable somebody to do something means that the person is given power to achieve something or is given the ability to do something. The person is given the means that they need to complete a task, achieve a goal or do a chore. For example, parents enable their children to gain an education by funding the expenses and providing them with food and accommodation.

     

    The verb enable can also be used to when talking about objects. For example, a lot of young people want to go to college or university after high school in order to find a good job afterwards. Unfortunately, in many countries it can be expensive to study in college or university and many families can’t afford these extra costs.

    However, many colleges and universities provide scholarships which enables these students to continue with their education. Without this support many students wouldn’t be able to afford the admission fees, accommodation, course material, etc. These scholarships give students the ability to continue with their studies without having to worry about financing it alone.

    On the other hand, the adjective unable describes a person or a thing that doesn’t have the ability to do something. For example, the student didn’t receive the scholarship he needed from the university and he was unable to fund the fees himself. Once he realised that he couldn’t afford the fees, he decided to work and save for a year, and reapply the following year.

     

    Below, you will find some more examples using the verb enable and the adjective unable:

    • The high school acquired a desperately needed grant from the government. The school staff and  pupils were extremely relieved as the grant enables them to refurbish the old building and buy new computers for the computer room. Without the grant, the school would be unable to operate safely and efficiently which would have a negative impact on the students.
    • Ever since the stair lift was installed, Mrs. Norton has been a lot happier and more comfortable in her home as the stair lift has enabled her to go up and down the stairs with ease. This had become very difficult for her over the past year due to her hip replacement and old age.
    • After the surgery, the woman was unable to drive for six months, this meant that her family had to drive her to work every morning and pick her up from work every evening.
    • Mr. Bradley was unable to attend the meeting at work as his flight was cancelled. Fortunately, he could join the meeting online and didn’t miss anything. The internet enabled him to attend the meeting even though he was at the other side of the world.
    • The restaurant had to close down after ten years in business as they were unable to pay their staff and meet their loan payments. The news came as a huge shock to the community as the restaurant was a favourite for many families living in the area.
    • Being active enables people to improve their physical and mental health. Experts recommend people to exercise three to four days per week.
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  • Hero Asked on 03/01/2018 in How To.

    There’s nothing worse than getting a flat tire and not knowing how to change the tire yourself. It’s something that every driver should know how to do in order to avoid being stranded in the middle of nowhere, waiting for some kind sole to drive by and help.

    Luckily, the car comes with an owner’s manual which will guide you in these circumstances. You will need the manual, the spare tire, a jack and a wrench to change the tire.

    Before you get started, make sure that you parked in a safe location, as far away from the side of the road as possible. Apply the parking break and turn on the hazard lights on, this will warn oncoming traffic that there is a stationary vehicle on the side of the road and they will be able to react accordingly.

    It is also advisable to use wheel wedges so the car doesn’t roll while you’re trying to change the tire. If you don’t have wheel wedges with you, look for big, stable bricks, concrete or even stones that are big and sturdy enough to wedge under the wheels and strong enough to keep the car from moving. If you are changing a front wheel, the wedges should be placed under the back wheels and vice-a-versa.

    Once you have the car ready, it is time to take off the cover of the wheel or the hubcap. Not all vehicles use hubcaps but if your car does, then remove it with the wrench before lifting the car, this will expose the lug nuts. Now that the lug nuts are exposed, you need to loosen the nuts using the lug wrench. Loosen the lug nuts but don’t remove them completely, before you remove them you need to lift the car using the jack.

    The jack should be placed in front of the flat tire and beneath the frame of the car. Then you need to lift to car around seven inches from the ground. You can then remove the lug nuts completely and remove the flat tire from the car. Replace the flat tire with the spare tire, mark sure that you plan the flat tire on the ground and don’t let it roll away!

    Once the spare tire is on the hub, place the lug nuts back on the lug bolts and tighten the nuts by hand. After you lower the car back down to the ground, you can tighten the lug nuts using the lug wrench once again. Make sure that the lug nuts are tight before you put the hubcap back onto the wheel.

    Finally, you can put the flat tire and the other tools into your car, make sure that you haven’t left anything on the side of the road that could be hazardous.

    You should check the tire pressure on the spare tire as soon as possible and bring the flat tire to a mechanic as spare tires aren’t made for long distance journeys the flat tire will either need to be repaired or replaced.

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  • Hero Asked on 01/12/2017 in English Vocabulary.

    Grayed out or Greyed out?

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