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Do vs. Make

When I started learning Spanish, I realised that there is only one word for these two verbs in English: ‘hacer’. It made me understand more easily why some English learners get these two verbs confused. Here is my tip to remember when to use which: Do Do is used for taking action to achieve something. To participate in intangible activities,

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Speak vs. Talk

The two words ‘speak’ and ‘talk’ are synonyms and can very often used interchangeably. However there are some grammatical structures where only one of the two can be used. Let’s explore these today: The first thing to remember: Speak is often used in a more formal setting.  For example, in a work environment: “I would like to make an appointment

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Nothing vs. Anything (and something)

In English, we do not use the double negative grammar point, which can lead to mistakes if you use it in your native tongue. I’d like to write today about when to use ‘nothing’ and ‘anything’. The word ‘nothing’ is negative, therefore it cannot be used in a sentence that already contains a negative word (no, not). In the examples below, I

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