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English

Valentin Zemlyakov

Dictionaries

MACMILLAN Online Dictionary This is a dictionary, a very user-friendly one at that. It provides you with sample sentences showing you how to use a given word. It also lets you listen to the correct pronunciation of words.

Cambridge Dictionaries Online This is a reputed international English dictionary and contains several idioms and phrasal verbs for reference.

Thesaurus.com When you need to find synonyms, this is one handy place to look in.

Oxford Online Collocations Dictionary This can come to great use when writing or editing what you have already written. It helps you find appropriate ways to collocate (arrange) words in a sentence.

A few more generic references:

Dictionary.com

BBC Learning English

Your dictionary

Free English courses and resources

Grammar Information

Grammar Monster Free online English grammar lessons and tests. Glossary of grammatical terms and common grammar errors.

An Online English Grammar An abundance of information on grammar, though the site sometimes suffers from too much linguistic jargon. But if you have a question about grammar, you will find the answer here.

The Internet Grammar of English University College London site with loads of information and exercises on grammar.

Conditional If… clauses and conditions. Tutorial with interactive exercises to follow.

“When” and ”If” confusion When to use “if”, and if to use “when”. Clear up this common confusion.

Tenses

Present Simple versus Present Continuous Sort out the confusion of when to use the Present Simple and the Present Continuous tenses. Two interactive exercises follow an explanation.

Gerund When to use the ‘to’ form of the verb (to use) and when to use the ‘-ing’ form (using). Tutorial and interactive exercises

Video Tutorial 10-minute video tutorial on simple past and present perfect tense use. Watch the video, listen to the audio only version or download the transcript. Particularly helpful are the study notes. You can also practise and consolidate your learning by completing the activities (banner menu) which have answers provided.

Simple Past or Present Perfect? A tutorial and two verb tense exercises (exercises 5 & 6) to clarify the confusion between the Simple Past and the Present Perfect tenses.

Prepositions

Direction (to, on, in) Direction (to, on, in).

Time, Location, Direction and Position Time, Location, Direction and Position.

Spacial relationship Spacial relationship.

Prepositions Prepositions.

Complete tabular explanation A tabular explanation with 12 interactive follow-up exercises.

Common Irregular Verbs Common Irregular Verbs.

Grammar Practice

Interactive Grammar Quizzes Hundreds of interactive quizzes to stretch and tease your English in a relaxed way.

English Exercises EFL Exercises & Quizzes Pretty straightforward site: not many frills, but with loads and loads of exercises: grammar, collocations, phrasal verbs, you name it. Don’t be put off by the title ‘Business English’!

Articles

Use of ‘the/a’ Practice when to use ‘the/a’.

Use of ‘the’ Practice when to use ‘the’.

Articles: A Basic Quiz Test your knowledge of articles.

Exercise on Choosing Articles II Test your knowledge of articles further.

Articles: Health Clubs Test your knowledge of articles III.

Using Articles This handout discusses the differences between indefinite articles (a/an) and definite articles (the).

Quantifiers: Much, Many, Little, Few, etc.

Quantifiers: A Basic Quiz Test your knowledge of quantifiers.

Quantifiers: Fill in the gaps Test your knowledge of quantifiers II.

Word Order

Word order 1 Practice word order (rather easy).

Word order 2 Practice word order.

Word order 3 Practice word order (many exercises).

Tenses

Present forms Present forms Exercises.

Verb Tense Exercise 1 Simple Present / Present Continuous Exercises.

Verb Tense Exercise 2 Simple Present / Present Continuous Exercises.

Past Simple or Present Perfect Past Simple or Present Perfect Exercise.

Simple Past or Present Perfect Simple Past or Present Perfect Review Quiz

For/Since For/Since Exercises.

Present Perfect or Present Perfect Continuous? Present Perfect/Present Perfect Continuous Exercises.

Present Perfect or Present Perfect Continuous? Present Perfect or Present Perfect Continuous Exercises.

Quiz on Subject-Verb Agreement Quiz on Subject-Verb Agreement.

A Second Quiz on Subject-Verb Agreement A Second Quiz on Subject-Verb Agreement.

Third Quiz on Subject-Verb Agreement Third Quiz on Subject-Verb Agreement.

Work-related phrasal verbs Matching exercise.

Prepositions

come + preposition Choose the right preposition.

fall + preposition Choose the right preposition.

get + preposition 1 Choose the right preposition.

get + preposition 2 Choose the right preposition.

go + preposition Choose the right preposition.

keep + preposition 1 Choose the right preposition.

keep + preposition 2 Choose the right preposition.

pull + preposition Choose the right preposition.

set + preposition 1 Choose the right preposition.

set + preposition 2 Choose the right preposition.

take + preposition Choose the right preposition.

Verbs with ‘about’ Choose the right answer.

Verbs with ‘in’ Choose the right answer.

Verbs with ‘up’ 1 Choose the right answer.

Verbs with ‘up’ 2 Choose the right answer.

Practice your prepositions! Lots of exercises here with different levels of difficulty.

Vocabulary

Transition words Here you can find all kinds of linking words. If you think these are useful pages, you may want to copy the link to your favourites.

Writing Numbers Information on writing numbers follwed by a link to an exercise.

Academic Phrasebank The Academic Phrasebank of The University of Manchester provides a comprehensive selection of phrases to use in your writing to: describe methods, report results, discuss findings and write conclusions. General Functions, in the side menu, has phrases for giving examples, classifying and listing, explaining cause and effect, comparing and contrasting, describing trends, describing quantities.

The Academic Word List (AWL) The Academic Word List (AWL) will help you to learn and use core academic vocabulary. These 570 word families will not only improve your comprehension of academic texts but also your ability to write assignments in an academic style.

1000 most common words List of the 1000 most common words in English.

Punctuation

The Quick Guide to Punctuation General information on punctuation

Use of the comma An overview of the use of the comma.

Comma Splice or Run-on Sentence Two independent clauses joined or spliced incorrectly by a comma. Two (or more) independent clauses written with no punctuation –> run-on.

Proofreading for commas Advice on proofreading for the correct use of commas in your writing (from The Online Writing Lab).

Commas after introductory phrases Advice on commas after introductory phrases.

Apostrophe practice Practice the correct use of the apostrophe here.

Writing 

Academic Writing Some useful pages and exercises here. The sections on paragraphs are especially good.

Overcoming Writer’s Block Overcoming Writer’s Block.

Plagiarism and Referencing

How to avoid plagiarism Clear and useful information on how to avoid plagiarism can be found on this web site. Also check the links on that page for information on quoting or paraphrasing and successful paraphrasing.

MLA Style MLA Style

APA Style APA Style

Chicago Style Chicago Style

CBE Style CBE Style

Harvard The Harvard referencing format.

More info on the stylesheets Less extensive (and therefore sometimes clearer) information on these and even more formats can be found on the web site of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Style Issues: Information

Using unbiased language Using unbiased language

Parallel forms Parallel forms

Various aspects of style Various aspects of style (e.g. wordiness, parallel forms, avoiding loose sentences).

Wordiness Wordiness

Wordiness 2 More information on wordiness (most positively called conciseness here).

Eliminating unnecessary words Advice on Eliminating unnecessary words.

Changing phrases Changing phrases to avoid wordiness.

Avoid wordiness Some more advice on how to avoid wordiness.

Parallelism Use parallel or symmetrical structures when writing.

Style Issues: Practice Material

Avoiding wordiness 1 Avoiding wordiness 1.

Avoiding wordiness 2 Avoiding wordiness 2 (somewhat simpler).

Avoiding wordiness 3 Avoiding wordiness 3 (rewriting overly formal, pompous and wordy sentences).

Linkers Linkers (not very difficult…).

Linking exercise A slightly more difficult linking exercise.

Linking exercise A rather short linking exercise.

Parallel forms 1 Parallel forms 1.

Parallel forms 2 Parallel forms 2.

Sexually neutral language Sexually neutral language.

Academic Vocabulary

The Academic Word List (AWL) The Academic Word List (AWL) will help you to learn and use core academic vocabulary. These 570 word families will not only improve your comprehension of academic texts but also your ability to write assignments in an academic style.

The Academic Phrase Bank The Academic Phrasebank of The University of Manchester provides a comprehensive selection of phrases to use in your writing to: describe methods, report results, discuss findings and write conclusions. General Functions, in the side menu, has phrases for giving examples, classifying and listing, explaining cause and effect, comparing and contrasting, describing trends, describing quantities.The Academic Phrase Bank will help you to learn and use core academic vocabulary. The phrases are divided into sections, based on their function in an academic paper.

Pronunciation

BBC Pronunciation Tips Here you can find all kinds of linking words. If you think these are useful pages, you may want to copy the link to your favourites.

English Central EnglishCentral allows you to take a course and speak and learn Englsih online with a speech recognition system, vocabulary and pronunciation tools.

How do you say This is an excellent website which gives you the pronunciation of any given word. It will also tell you the difference between British and American pronunciation.