Do you know the difference between though, although, even though, despite, and in spite of?

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Video on this topic by Engvid:

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SpellCheckPlus and Grammarly

SpellCheckPlus and Grammarly are two tools I recommend you if you want to improve your writing skills or just to avoid typos (typographical errors) or grammar mistakes.

They’re both available online for free and they both have a Premium version (not free and with more useful features).

If you want to use SpellCheckPlus you just need to copy your text and paste it. This tool will give you a feedback for possible corrections (it’s intended to be a teaching tool).

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This is how it will appear you when you’ll copy your text:

SpellCheckPlus2As you can see, it highlights the mistakes and it gives you feedbacks:

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Grammatical errors appear highlighted in yellow while spelling errors are highlighted in red.

Grammarly is also easy to use and it’s higher in accuracy. Furthermore, it is the only online grammar check service that has a tool to check for plagiarism.

You can add it to Chrome if you want to be always protected from spelling or grammar mistakes while writing on the web.

It will appear like this while you write (you can see the icon in the right corner):

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If you make errors, it changes:

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By clicking on the icon, this will appear on the screen:

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Logging – What does it mean?

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I suggest you to watch this video, it will help you remember these words. It’s a Canadian folk song.
Canada vignettes: “Log’s drivers waltz”.

If you ask any girl from the parish around,
What pleases her most from her head to her toes;
She’ll say, “I’m not sure that it’s business of yours,
But I do like to waltz with a log driver.”

For he goes birling down a-down white water,
That’s where the log driver learns to step lightly;
It’s birling down, a-down white water,
A log driver’s waltz pleases girls completely.

When the drive’s nearly over, I like to go down
To see all the lads as they work on the river;
I know that come evening they’ll be in the town,
And we all want to waltz with a log driver.

For he goes birling down a-down white water,
That’s where the log driver learns to step lightly;
It’s birling down, a-down white water,
A log driver’s waltz pleases girls completely.

To please both my parents I’ve had to give way,
And dance with the doctors and the merchants and lawyers;
Their manners are fine, but their feet are of clay,
And there’s none with the style of a log driver.

For he goes birling down a-down white water,
That’s where the log driver learns to step lightly;
It’s birling down, a-down white water,
A log driver’s waltz pleases girls completely.

Now I’ve had my chances with all sorts of men,
There’s none is so fine as my lad on the river;
And when the drive’s over, if he asks me again,
I think I will marry my log driver.

For he goes birling down a-down white water,
That’s where the log driver learns to step lightly;
It’s birling down, a-down white water,
A log driver’s waltz pleases girls completely.

Birling down, a-down white water,
A log driver’s waltz pleases girls completely.

English idioms with “jump”.

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Examples:

– Mark jumped for joy when he found out that he’d be accepted at Harward.
– Some seductive coupon will jump off the page and tease me.
– I think I jumped the gun on calling him “stupid”. He won’t talk to me anymore, I guess it was too early.
– Many celebrities jump on the bandwagon so that the fashion critics of theirs may be positive.
– The boss expects the entire staff to jump through hoops for him.
– None of the editors liked the new policies, so they all jumped ship as soon as other jobs opened up.
– Rober Jordans book series ‘The Wheel of Time’ jumped the shark in book four and has gotten worse ever since.
– Beginning with the end in mind is the first step to jumping over our shadows and making an impact.