Common Mistakes: “Challenging”

“I am a qualified candidate with a challenging personality.” This kind of phrasing appears on resumes and in cover letters from ESL writers fairly often. Yet, the word “challenging” does not express the intended meaning in this context — it actually suggests a negative impression of your character. Read on to learn all the details! History &... Continue Reading →

To, too, or two? What word should I use?

“I gave two papers to Sammy, too.” All of these little words sound the same, even though their spellings and meanings are different! Words like these are called homophones. How can you tell which one to choose? Set Your Target: To To, too, and two are responsible for some of the most common mistakes, but they... Continue Reading →

Vocab Lab: Kudos

“Kudos to Steve for that great presentation!” This is one of those unusual words that tend to turn up only occasionally in academic situations, but that most native speakers will recognize. What does it mean, though, and where did it come from? History & Definition The word itself, kudos, comes from the ancient Greek word... Continue Reading →

Vocab Lab: Myriad

“There are a myriad of options!” the travel agent exclaimed, showing a handful of flyers. What’s that word in the middle? “Myriad” isn’t the most common of words, but it is sometimes used in English writing to add spice and variety. History & Definition The word “myriad” as used today comes from the ancient greek... Continue Reading →

Vocab Lab: Via

“He told the office he would send the application via fax.” Although it’s a tiny little word, “via” is easy to apply and can be used in a wide variety of situations. Many people are uncertain, however, about exactly what it means and how to use it. Get in the know with this article. History... Continue Reading →

Alot, Alright, Already, Altogether…

You’re just writing away, when suddenly you hesitate: should it be “alright” or “all right”? You probably feel like you’ve seen it both ways before, but which one is actually correct? These words are so often misspelled, many people don’t even realize that not all of them are proper English. Alot Although there is a... Continue Reading →

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