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Susan Parker

Labtop or Laptop: Which One Is Correct?

Laptop vs. labtop — two words that differ by just one letter and sound very similar when spoken, but what exactly are they, and do they have the same meaning? Non-native English speakers regularly misconstrue words, and then, through repeated use, these errors become more common and start to confuse people as to what the …

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What Happen or What Happened: Understanding Grammar and Usage

“Happen” is a regular, much-used verb that most English students will discover early in their language journey. It is an active, intransitive verb, and knowing how to use it in all its tenses is important for fluency. When asking what has occurred in the past, we say, “What happened?” If we were to ask what …

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Usable or Useable: Which Is Correct?

You may well have seen both versions of this word in written English and wondered which one is correct. Many words in English have more than one spelling, and there are various reasons why this can be the case. In terms of American English, “usable” is the most acceptable version. Internationally, both “usable” and “useable” …

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Eaten or Ate: Past Tense vs. Past Participle

When learning to speak any language, tenses are very important because they allow you to describe the timing of an event. When talking about the past in all its various forms, there are specific details to master, and the verb “to eat” is an interesting case in point. “Ate” is the simple past tense of …

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