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A Guide For Creative Thinking

Thu Sep 17, 2009 3:12 am by BHSoft

A Guide For Creative Thinking by Brian Tracy
Einstein once said, “Every child is born a genius.” But the reason why most people do not function at genius levels is because they are not aware of how creative and smart they really are.I call it the “Schwarzenegger effect.” No one would look at a person such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and think how lucky he is to have been born with such …

Africain Literature

Wed Mar 04, 2009 8:15 pm by Lily

Things Fall Apart is a 1959 English-language novel by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. It is a staple book in schools throughout Africa and widely read and studied in English-speaking countries around the world. It is seen as the archetypal modern African novel in English, and one of the first African novels written in English to receive global critical acclaim. The title of the novel comes from [url=]

Algeria's Newspapers ...

Wed Mar 04, 2009 1:11 pm by Lily

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Algerian Vote

Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:39 pm by Lily

Algerians are voting in a presidential election which opposition groups have described as a charade.

Common Mistakes _45646939_007133175-1

American English

Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:00 pm by Maria

Going to is pronounced GONNA when it is used to show the future. But it is never reduced when it means going from one place to another.

We're going to grab a bite to eat. = We're gonna grab a bite to eat.
I'm going to the office tonight. = I'm going to the office tonight.

2. Want to and want a are both pronounced WANNA and wants to is pronounced WANSTA. Do you want to can also be reduced …

American Slangs

Sat Mar 21, 2009 8:54 pm by Maria

airhead: stupid person.
"Believe it or not, Dave can sometimes act like an airhead!"

amigo: friend (from Spanish).
"I met many amigos at Dave's ESL Cafe."

ammunition: toilet paper.
"Help! We're completely out of ammunition!"

antifreeze: alcohol.
"I'm going to need a lot of antifreeze tonight!"

armpit: dirty, unappealing place.

An Introduction to the British Civilization

Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:54 am by Maria

University of Batna First Year
English Department G: 6-7-8-9
General Culture

[center]An Introduction to the British Civilization

*The United Kingdom :

Full Name : The UK's full and official name is the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland".

Location: The United Kingdom (UK) of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country …

Announcements and News

Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:55 am by Lily

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Applying for Research Study in the Department of English

Sun Apr 12, 2009 11:32 pm by Lily

Applying for Research Study in the Department of English

The process of applying for a research studentship begins with the identification of a potential supervisor. If you already know a staffmember who is willing to work with you to develop a research proposal,please start by contacting them. If you do not have a supervisor inmind already, …

    Common Mistakes


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    Post by Maria on Fri Dec 18, 2009 12:27 pm

    Let's face it, English can be confusing. A lot of words are similar but with different meanings. It is almost impossible to avoid making mistakes in English, but you might be able to avoid making these ones.

    accept vs except

    Accept is a verb, which means to agree to take something .

    For example: "I always accept good advice."

    Except is usually used as a preposition or conjunction, which means not including.

    For example: "I teach every day except Sunday(s)."

    Note - except is usually a preposition and accept a verb. In rare circumstances except can be used as a verb.

    For example: On a road sign: "No entry, buses excepted."

    advice vs advise

    Advice is a noun, which means an opinion that someone offers you about what you should do or how you should act in a particular situation.

    For example: "I need someone to give me some advice."

    Advise is a verb, which means to give information and suggest types of action.

    For example: "I advise everybody to be nice to their teacher."

    Note - In British English the noun form often ends in and the verb in ...ise.

    all ready vs already

    All ready means "completely ready".

    For example: "Are you all ready for the test?"

    Already is an adverb that means before the present time or earlier than the time expected.

    For example: "I asked him to come to the cinema but he'd already seen the film."
    "Are you buying Christmas cards already? It's only September!"

    affect vs effect

    Affect and effect are two words that are commonly confused.

    affect is usually a verb (action) - effect is usually a noun (thing)

    Hint: If it's something you're going to do, use "affect." If it's something you've already done, use "effect."

    To affect something or someone.

    Meaning: to influence, act upon, or change something or someone.

    For example: The noise outside affected my performance.

    To have an effect on something or someone

    Note: effect is followed by the preposition on and preceded by an article (an, the)

    Meaning: to have an impact on something or someone.

    For example: His smile had a strange effect on me.

    Effect can also mean "the end result".

    For example: The drug has many adverse side effects.

    "How do you do?" vs "How are you?"

    If I had a Euro for every time someone got this one wrong - I'd be a rich bunny!

    How do you do?

    This is not a question. It is another, very formal way of saying "Hello." It is also very British.

    The correct response is; "Pleased to meet you." or "How do you do." or just "Hello."

    We only really use it the first time we meet someone.

    How are you?

    This is a question.

    A polite response is; "I'm fine thanks. And you?"

    lay vs lie

    Lay is an irregular transitive verb (lay / laid/ laid - laying). It needs a direct object. It means to put something or someone down (often in a horizontal postion).

    For example: "Lay your head on the pillow."

    Lie is an irregular intransitive verb (lie / lay / lain - lying). It does not take a direct object. It means to rest in a horizontal position1 or to be located somewhere2.

    For example: "If you are tired lie here and have a rest."
    "Nottingham lies in the Midlands."

    Lie also means to say something that isn't true but it takes the following form (lie / lied / lied - lying).

    take care vs take care of

    Take care is used when saying goodbye to someone. It actually means "Take care of yourself."

    For example: "Bye! Take care. "

    Take care of means to look after someone or something:

    For example: "You should take care of your new car, it cost a lot of money."

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