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double

Friday Takeaways ‘double’, ‘twice’ and ‘twofold’ How can you paraphrase the following sentence? The price of oil went from £10 a barrel in 1980 to £20 a barrel in 1990. Check your answer here 1. The price of oil doubled between 1980...

work vs job

Friday Takeaways Get all the Friday Takeaway Tips here work vs job Can you fix these sentences? Nearly half of them had a full time work as anthropologists. Combining a part-time job work plus studying as a postgraduate was the least popular option. Check your answer...

factor vs reason

‘factor’ vs ‘reason’ Quick Test: Look at these sentences which basically all mean the same thing – what’s the difference between them grammatically? Stress is a major factor in many illnesses. Stress is the main cause of many...

whereby

‘whereby’ Quick Test: Which linking word(s) could you put in this space? ‘What is needed is a system _____________ citizens can feel safe but not monitored.’ Check your answer here ‘By which’ ‘In which’ and...

overwhelming

‘overwhelming’ Quick Test: Look at these words which start with ‘over’. Are they generally positive or negative? Adjectives: over-weight, over-priced, over-rated, over-fished, over-excited, over-tired, over-crowded, over-protective,...

justify

‘justify’  ‘‘While some people use the challenges of their lives to justify their actions, we should take steps to ensure that every citizen respects the society that they belong to’. Meaning: to give an acceptable explanation for something that...