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When do you use “a” and “the”?

Today, we want to talk about when to use “a”, and when to use “the”. We use the definite article “the” when there is: 1. only one person, place, or thing 2. the person, place, or thing is already understood 3. the noun has already been mentioned before For more information, visit us at https://www.ellcenter.com.

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Tip: Know Your Audience

Who is your audience? Before you write your essay, it is important to know who your audience is. What is their background? How much do they already know about your topic? What other information do they need to know? These questions are important, as they will help you focus your writing on reaching a target audience. […]

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Using Commas

When writing compound sentences, use a comma before the coordinating conjunction. John went to the bank, and he went to the post office. It was raining hard, but he stayed dry. When writing complex sentences, use a comma when the subordinating clause is first. Although the test was canceled, John still studied at the library. Because the […]

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Strategies: Listening to a Lecture

When a professor is giving an example for a teaching point and he or she wants to compare or contrast, they often use signal words.  To improve your listening skills, become familiar with the list below. Words or Phrases Used to Compare In addition, the neighboring countries in Africa also suffered from the drought. Some businesses in […]

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Useful Transitions (Signal Words)

Transitions to Show Addition and, in addition, also, moreover, furthermore, as well, equally important, besides, again Transition to Show Time after, before, currently, during, earlier, immediately, later, following, at last, meanwhile, now, recently, subsequently, simultaneously Transitions to Show Examples for example, for instance, specifically, to illustrate Transitions to Show Cause and Effect consequently, so, consequently, therefore, […]

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How to make a request

When making a request, we often change our language depending on who we are asking. If we are requesting a friend to do something, we might say, “Can you take this to the library, please?” If we are requesting a coworker to do something, we might say,“Would you mind taking this to the Library?” Or […]

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How to say “NO” politely

Saying “no” politely is not always easy. Below are some examples of how to say “no” without offending someone. I’d rather not if you don’t mind. I think I’ll have to take a rain check. I’d love to, but… That sounds interesting, but I’m afraid I can’t right now. If you don’t mind, I’m a […]

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Writing Your Opinion

When writing an opinion essay there are two things you want to remember.  First, you want your readers to understand clearly your position about the topic. For example, if you say, “Eating fruit MAY BE good for you health,” your readers may not be convinced you really believe that to be true.  But if you say, “Eating fruit […]

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