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Correct Preposition Use Enhances Professionalism

Using prepositions properly is a hallmark of professionalism in both speech and writing, but learning which preposition to use in which circumstance requires memorization. Certain words must be followed by certain prepositions in order to achieve clarity. Learning these combinations will help you conform to professional standards in business writing. The following list of common …

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Effective Writing or Writing for Effect?

The stadium planning meeting will be held at 2.00 pm on 4 November 1997. The venue is the client’s conference suite, where coffee will be served from 1.30 pm. I suggest we meet there at 1.45 pm. This will give us a few minutes to discuss crucial points. Please call to confirm this arrangement. This …

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Letter B

BANTER: Good-natured teasing or ridicule-The two wits I exchanged banter, to the amusement of the audience. Synonyms: raillery, chaff BIASED: Prejudiced – misled by a biased point of view. Synonyms: bigoted, arbitrary, partial, partisan Antonyms: disinterested, equitable BIZARRE: Queer; unusual in appearance- bizarre clothes, outlandish in the extreme. Synonyms: odd, fantastic, grotesque, eccentric BOG: A …

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Letter A

ABANDON: To give up completely – abandoned the sinking ship. Synonyms: relinquish, forgo, forsake ACADEMIC: Pertaining to school; theoretical academic interests; an academic discussion, with no practical implications. Synonym: scholastic ACCELERATE: – To quicken, speed tip – took an accelerated course in order to graduate early. Synonym: expedite (adj. expeditious) Antonym: retard ADVERSITY: Misfortune – …

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CAE Writing

WRITING – Part 1 You must answer this question. Write your answer in 220-260 words in an appropriate style. 1. You have listened to a radio discussion programme about which facilities are needed most in your area. You have made the notes below: Which facilities are needed most in your area? • car park • …

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CAE Writing Part 1

Your class has listened to a panel discussion about how schools can best prepare young people for their future working lives. You have made the notes below: Strategies aimed at preparing young people for their future working lives • teaching practical skills • providing information about jobs • establishing links with local community Some opinions …

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Increase your range of language

Strategy 1: Using synonyms The word synonym is frequently misunderstood. Synonym does not mean ‘having exactly the same meaning’ but ‘having a similar meaning’. This difference is extremely important. You cannot simply delete one word from your text and insert another and think they have an identical meaning. Although words may have the same denotation …

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