Creative writing, English Vocabulary, Essay Writing

Replacing ‘very’ with other words

While ‘very’ has its place in the English language, try this handy list of words and see if you can use a more descriptive alternative.

 

English Vocabulary, Grammar

Envy vs Jealous

I was asked to clarify this a week or two ago, so I thought I’d make a video.

 

English Language, English Vocabulary, Essay Writing, Tutor, VCE EAL, VCE English

Word of the week: fanatic

From Oxford Dictionaries:

A person filled with excessive and single-minded zeal, especially for an extreme religious or political cause:

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English Language, English Vocabulary, Idioms, Tutor

Idiom: Necessity, mother of invention

Necessity is the mother of invention

This idiom* is used to express the idea that a creative solution was reached because there were no alternatives. This is usually used in situations where there was a desperate need for a solution and there were none to be found, so people had to get creative.

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Word of the week: Ponder

From Oxford Dictionaries:

Think about (something) carefully, especially before making a decision or reaching a conclusion

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English Vocabulary

English vocab: invade/evade

The words ‘invade’ and ‘evade’ can be confusing for some students. Today, we will look at their definitions. 

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English Vocabulary, VCE EAL, VCE English

My #1 English vocabulary rule

As students move up the years in high school, they are expected to use more and more complex vocabulary, but this leads to a pet peeve of mine: inappropriate/incorrect vocabulary. 

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