Knowledge Base

Answers to common student questions.

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AM-PM

How do you write AM/PM? This drives me crazy. I look this up all the time, and always need to

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Affect vs Effect

Affect vs Effect What’s the difference between affect and effect?  English learners and native speakers alike get these words mixed

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alliteration

Alliteration Alliteration is when several words close together start with the same sound.  Ex: Peter Parker is the sensational Spider-Man! 

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Really vs Very

Really vs Very What’s the difference between, “really” and “very”?  Really / Very + adjectivesEx: The whipped cream on the pancakes was really

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Believe vs Believe In

Believe vs Believe in What’s the difference between, “believe” and “believe in”?  Believe:to think something is true / factualEx: I

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Later

Later LaterI often hear students make mistakes with this word, so here are some simple examples to help remember the

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Quotation Marks

Quotation Marks Quotation marks have several simple uses, and a lot of specific rules. Try learning the general rules first, and focus

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Kangaroo Words

Kangaroo Words Kangaroo words contain their synonyms. For example, the word “chicken” contains the word “hen” which means the same thing!

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Wish vs Hope

hope vs wish What’s the difference between “hope” and “wish”?   Check out the examples below and then use these words

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By vs Until

by vs until What’s the difference between “by” and “until”?  Check out the examples below and then use these words in

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Active vs Passive

active and passive What’s the difference between “active” and “passive”?   Check out the examples below and then use these styles

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Thanksgiving Idioms

Thanksgiving Idioms Thanksgiving is a traditional American holiday that celebrates family and the harvest. It’s celebrated on the third Thursday

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