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Tautology: Definition and Best Examples

Are you redundant when you write?The word tautology refers to a phrase in which the same meaning is expressed twice. The word comes from the Greek “tauto” meaning “same” and “logy" meaning “logic.” The use of tautology in your...

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1 year ago

4 of the World's Oldest Languages

What do the Lithuanian language, the Tamil language, the Hebrew language, and the language of Farsi have in common? They are 4 of the World's Oldest Languages!Let’s Consider the Life of a LanguageFor about 10,000 years, humans have been c...

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1 year ago

3 Online Words Of The Year: Catphishing, Ghosting, Doxing

What Are Catphishing, Ghosting, and Doxing?The Internet provides us with an unparalleled amount of information and opportunities. Hand in hand with digital technologies are new dangers, and there is new vocabulary that has been invented to describe t...

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1 year ago

Suppression vs. Repression

“Suppression” and “Repression” are two terms that are often used (and confused) in daily language. • Do you know the difference between “suppression” and “repression?” • Do you use these two words correctly? To unde...

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1 year ago

5 of the World’s Newest Languages

In this article, we will be looking at five of the world’s newest languages. The formation of a language is a slow-moving, living process that is influenced by many factors. Historically, trade and exploration were the primary catalysts f...

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1 year ago

Tips for Learning a Foreign Language

Learning a foreign language can be challenging, especially for an adult. It takes motivation, energy, and perseverance. In this article, I will share some tips about activities and attitudes that will help you succeed in learning a foreign langu...

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1 year ago

Defamation vs. Slander vs. Libel

Defamation, slander, and libel are often used interchangeably, and their meanings are often confused. Do they mean the same thing?These three terms belong to the same area of law and they all concern communication that falsely degrades the chara...

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1 year ago

Language vs. Dialect

There is a fine line between a language and a dialect. In this article, you will learn about their differences and their similarities.  There are linguists that believe that all languages evolved from one common human language. Al...

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1 year ago

Time for Easy Learning: Simple Tips to Improve Your Grammar

It would be more effective to understand how to form sentences and their structure properly, so grab some tricks on how to make it efficiently. Start from the Basics & Review It From Time to TimeDoes it seem you have already learned all the ...

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1 year ago

Democracy vs. Republic

In this article, we will explore the differences and similarities between a "democracy" and a "republic". What is a Democracy?In a "democracy," the majority rule provides the basis for the system; it is the citizens of the country who essen...

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1 year ago

Haiku vs. Tanka

Poetry takes on many forms across the globe. Poems can rhyme, poems can flow without punctuation, poems can express or describe or inspire. In this article, I will discuss two forms of Japanese poetry: the Haiku and the Tanka.You will also learn...

added by Teril
1 year ago

Deductive vs. Inductive Reasoning: Which is the Logical Choice?

Are you a logical person?Do you weigh the facts before you decide?Do you trust your gut?Deductive and Inductive ReasoningIn the branch of philosophy called logic, we study the laws of thought and correct reasoning. Deductive and inductive reasoning a...

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1 year ago

Schadenfreude vs. Freudenfreude

Can we be conscious of an emotion when we have no word to describe it? “Schadenfreude” and “freudenfreude” describe important emotions that most of us have experienced. But we do not often talk about them.  And to complicate matters...

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1 year ago

Teleology vs. Deontology

WHAT IS TELEOLOGY?The word teleology is derived from the Greek word telos, which means the goal or the end, and logos, which mean science. Teleology is a results-oriented ethical theory which was first introduced by Jeremy Bentham, a British phi...

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1 year ago

Depository vs. Repository: Do They Mean the Same?

In what ways are “Depository” and “Repository” similar?“Depository” is a noun, is Latin in origin, and is defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “a place where something is placed, especially to keep it safe.”“Repository” is a n...

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1 year ago

Subconscious vs. Unconscious: What is the Difference?

In this article:1. I will define these three levels of mind by comparing them to an iceberg.2. I will discuss what is occurring at each level of mind.3. I will show how they are different from one another. Picture that there are three levels to ...

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1 year ago

Manga and Anime: Two Japanese Storytelling Media

Comparing Manga and AnimeManga is a hand-drawn story in comic book format, featuring compelling, detailed characters and complicated plots that will hold your attention for hours. Anime is a story in movie format, shorter than the manga comic bo...

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1 year ago

Using Gender-Neutral Alternatives

Are you sexist or gender-biased? Of course not. In 1776, Thomas Jefferson coined the phrase “all men are created equal,” and his words have become a cornerstone of our shared value system. But Jefferson was not using the word “men” ...

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1 year ago

3 Instinctive Grammar Rules

Most native English speakers are not English majors and have never studied grammar. Most of us do not know the underlying rules that govern the structures and usage of the English language. We speak correctly, even intelligently, and we don’t even ...

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1 year ago

15 Baseball Idioms and Metaphors

It is interesting to contemplate how a language grows. For example, let’s look at what the game of baseball contributed to the English language. As baseball consolidated its identity, it developed a vocabulary of its own, creating specific wor...

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1 year ago

How To Improve Your Articulation When Speaking English

What types of sounds can you articulate?The English language is composed of consonants and vowels.Consonants are the sounds that are made when you close your lips, touch your tongue to your teeth, or touch your tongue to the roof of your mouth, effec...

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1 year ago

Made From vs. Made Of vs. Made With vs. Made out of

Made from Made from is often used when describing how something is modified to create something else; it often describes a material that has been changed by the transformation of its ingredients: That is,  Papier mache is ma...

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1 year ago

Only If vs. If Only

Only If“You fail only if you stop writing.” -Ray BradburyLet’s start our exploration by separating the words only and if.If is a conjunction that joins phrases together: it means on the condition that, in the event that, allowing that. An examp...

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1 year ago

Every day vs. Everyday

When do I use the words: “every day”?“Every day may not be goodBut there is good in every day.”  Alice Morse EarleThe words every day describe the frequency of something. The word every is a determiner which specifies quantity; the word ...

added by Teril
1 year ago

All right vs. Alright vs. Allright

What is the controversy? All right vs. alright vs. allright: No one argues that they sound the same. But do they mean the same? Are they interchangeable?Today, there are those who say, yes, these words mean the same, and ther...

added by Teril
1 year ago

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