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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...

run-on sentences

Friday Takeaways ‘run-on’ sentences Which of these is WRONG? *hint – focus on punctuation (commas, full-stops, semi-colons and linking words). There was only one shop. This has now been replaced. There was only one shop; this has now been replaced....

worth or worthy?

Friday Takeaways ‘worth’ vs ‘worthy’ Which is correct? ‘My IELTS test is tomorrow – should I buy a course?’ 1. ‘It’s not worthy to buy a course’. 2. ‘It’s not worth buying a course’. Check...

whereas or although?

Friday Takeaways ‘whereas’ vs ‘although’ Test yourself: can you link these two sentences? ‘He’s well qualified. He can’t find a job’. Check your answer here He’s well-qualified but he can’t find a job. He’s...

with or at?

Friday Takeaways ‘with’ or ‘at’ in Academic Task 1 What is the difference between these statements? 1. They spent most of their money on cars, at 45%. 2. They spent most of their money on cars, with over 45% going on petrol.   Check your...

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...

fact vs opinion

Friday Takeaways Get all the Friday Takeaway Tips here fact vs opinion Quick question: Look at these General Statements taken from an essay introduction. Decide if the words in bold express a fact, an opinion or both. 1) Undoubtedly, buying a house is necessary for...

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...