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Insure, Ensure, Assure

Añadido por Tomasz H. 27 octubre 2014 categoría: English, Lexicon


To protect yourself against risk by regularly paying a special company that will provide a fixed amount of money if you are killed or injured or if your house or flat are damaged or stolen.

The house is insured for two million dollars.

They refused to insure us because they said we're too old.


To make something certain to happen.

The role of the police is to ensure that the law is obeyed.

Winning the lottery ensured his happiness.


To tell someone confidently that something is true, especially so that they do not worry (to remove ...

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Telling the Time

Añadido por Tomasz H. 23 octubre 2014 categoría: Learning tips, English, General tips, Lexicon

Giving the time

  • Say the hour first and then the minutes (H+M)

6:20 - six twenty
8:09 - eight O-nine
10:11 - ten eleven
2:34 - two thirty-four

  • Say the minutes first and then the hour (M + PAST/TO + H)

PAST for minutes 1-30

4:20 twenty past four
5:10 ten past five
1:29 twenty/nine past one

To for minutes 31-59

9:50 ten to ten
4:59 one to five
2:35 - twenty-five to three

When it is 15 minutes past the hour we  say:

  • a quarter past

1:15 - a quarter past one

When ...

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Inside, In, Into & Within

Añadido por Tomasz H. 20 octubre 2014 categoría: English, Lexicon


Inside & In are the same in many cases.

We are in the building -> We are inside the building
The clothes are in the car -> The clothes are inside the car

Inside means that the thing is physically enclosed - in a building with walls, in a vehicle etc.

Use in where you are not physically surrounded:

I live in Poland.
My birthday is in March.
I play guitar in a band.



Into implies movement or transformation:

I jumped into the swimming pool.
We went into the house.
The car crashed into a shop.

You can use into & in ...

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Common Abbreviations

Añadido por Tomasz H. 13 octubre 2014 categoría: English, Lexicon

The rule for punctuation of abbreviations is:

  • if last letter of word and abbreviation are the same: no full stop (for example Ltd -> Limited)
  • if last letter of word and abbreviation are NOT the same: full stop (for example Co. -> Company)

The list contains some common abbreviations and their meanings.





Annual General Meeting (of company shareholders)


any other business (at the end of a meeting agenda)




account, as for bank account


copies to (at the end of a letter)




for example

E.G ...

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Words, Phrases, Clauses & Sentences

Añadido por Tomasz H. 9 octubre 2014 categoría: General tips, English

Words, phrases, clauses, and sentences constitute what is called the grammatical hierarchy. Words are at the lowest level of the hierarchy. At the other end of the hierarchy, sentences are at the top of the hierarchy.


First we have words.

car - a vehicle with an engine, four wheels, and seats for a small number of passengers (is s a noun - it names things in a sentence)

crashed - an accident in which a vehicle hits something (is a verb - it tells us what happens in a sentence)

big - large or serious (is an adjective - it gives us more detail about ...

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15 Most Common Interjections

Añadido por Tomasz H. 1 octubre 2014 categoría: General tips, English, Lexicon

Interjection is a word that is used to show a short sudden expression of emotion. There're many interjections, our list shows the most common.



used to express understanding, pleasure, pain, surprise, or the fact that you have noticed something


Ah, I see.
Ah, John, how wonderful to see you!
Ah, what a lovely baby!


used to express surprise or confusion, to ask someone to repeat what they have said, or as a way of getting someone to give some type of reaction to a statement that you have made


"Did you hear what I said ...

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