Things You Need to Know About British and American English

There are lots of lexical differences between British and American English. Only the other day I was confused when one of my young Japanese students told me that she ‘finished school last year’… school = college / high school/university? I guessed correctly that it meant ‘university’ to my British brain! There are so many vocabulary …

The Difference Between Active and Passive Voice?

The Difference Between Active and Passive Voice? I recently read the unpublished draft of a manuscript that reminded me of something which hadn’t come up in some time. And this was the problem with material written in a passive voice. It’s easy to assume this is simple to understand via the well-touted converse implications of …

Some Basic Tips on Using Verbs – Adverbs and Adjectives

Some Basic Tips on Using Verbs – Adverbs and Adjectives One of the most common pitfalls writers make is in the use of passive and active verbs. When speaking, most people tend to use active verbs without thinking, but when writing, many revert to a passive approach. This is a more formal style, which although …