Stuart Cook's Posts

When to use capital letters in English

Correct spelling is not only about which letters we use in the word. We should also know when to begin a word with a capital letter. (This is called capitalisation.) Here are some examples of when we should and should not use capital letters in English. Use a capital letter for the first letter of the first word of a letter or email: Dear Mr Smith Thank you for your email and the information. When... »

How to get the future right: using present tenses to express the future

Ways of expressing the future by using a present tense »

How to spell: words containing ‘ie’ and ‘ei’

British children learning to spell words containing ‘ie’ or ‘ei’ are traditionally taught a golden rule: Put ‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’. I am sure this rule has kept many people in good stead when confronting the problem of whether to spell a word –ie- or –ei-. But is this rule correct? Does it always help us? Yes, the ru... »

How to learn Business English more quickly and easily

You need to learn Business English for your job. 'Where do I start?' you ask yourself. »

Luddites versus iPad lovers: “used to” and “be used to” differences

Expression used to explain the difference between the present and the past »

How to learn phrasal verbs more easily

Let's look at seven tips that can make idiomatic phrasal verb easier to learn. »

United colours of English: colour idioms in English

I have noticed a few times that English seems to have rather a lot of idioms containing colours. »

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