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Language Tip 35 (2014-15)

either vs. as well/too Spot the error in these sentences: “I don’t like vanilla ice cream and I don’t like chocolate cake too.” “We are not disinclined to accepting the changes, and our customers are not adverse to the changes … Continue reading

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Language Tip 34 (2014-15)

Take note vs. take notes “Take note of this tip; take notes if you need help remembering.” “To take note of something” means to pay attention to it. E.g. “I took note of his advice, but I still ignored it.” … Continue reading

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Language Tip 33 (2014-15)

Get vs. acquire; get vs. become “Get” and “acquire” are not interchangeable, because “acquire” means specifically to gain possession of and is normally not used with things you cannot actually have and hold, such as attention. CORRECT: “I finally got … Continue reading

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Language Tip 32 (2014-15)

Sentence fragments can sound very, very silly in English. Slovenian seems to have a higher tolerance for syntax-poor snippets of language. Though we are tempted to say, “Always use full sentences,” that would be going too far! Instead, a simple … Continue reading

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Call for papers

We would like to invite you to submit papers for the ELOPE autumn issue (Vol. 12, No. 2)! We are a peer-reviewed academic journal that publishes original research articles, studies and essays that address matters pertaining to English language, literature, … Continue reading

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New web page and publisher!

Dear followers and friends! We have some amazing news: ELOPE has launched its new and improved web page and has the great fortune of also having a new publisher; Ljubljana University Press. Check it out at the following link: http://revije.ff.uni-lj.si/elope/

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Language Tip 31 (2014-15)

Two very useful expressions for (often useless and unproductive) reciprocal actions are: 1) to and fro 2) back and forth Make sure, however, not to mix and match them! NOT: “They threw insults back and fro.” But: “They threw insults … Continue reading

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Language Tip 30 (2014-15)

“According to” vs. “in accordance with” Note the difference between these two expressions. Perhaps it’s easiest to think of “according to” as a synonym for “says”, and “in accordance with” as a synonym for “in conformity with”. 1) According to … Continue reading

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Language Tip 29 (2014-15)

Consider these structures. Which is correct? 1) “I was involved in a six year long fan relationship with a bad football team.” 2) “I was involved in a six-year long fan relationship with a bad football team.” 3) “I was … Continue reading

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Language Tip 28 (2014-15)

Amount vs. number vs. a lot “Amount” is normally (especially in formal writing) used to talk about quantities of uncountable things, whereas “number” is used for countable items. E.g. “No amount of money could make me take a cold shower … Continue reading

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