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Below is a list of English Questions that are frequently asked by students. Studying this enables English Learners to improve their grammar and to avoid common English mistakes. Furthermore, it can also help build your vocabulary set which is very helpful in daily communications or in an exam.

Assume Vs Presume

Common English Question 72 Created Date: Sun 21 Apr 2013

From TheFreeDictionary: • Assume: To take for granted or without proof • Presume: To take for granted as being true in the ...
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What Does As Late As Mean

Common English Question 71 Created Date: Sun 14 Apr 2013

Let's consider the following example: As late as yesterday night, John was still working on his research paper which ...
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What Does As Early As Mean

Common English Question 70 Created Date: Sun 14 Apr 2013

Let's consider one example from a Wiki page: The history of the automobile ...
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Past Tense Of Hang Out

Common English Question 69 Created Date: Sun 17 Feb 2013

You should say HUNG OUT. Hence, it should be: "Peter and I always hung out for football over the weekend ...
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Equipment or Equipments - Is it countable?

Common English Question 68 Created Date: Sat 26 Jan 2013

According to Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, EQUIPMENT is uncountable. Hence, it's incorrect to use EQUIPMENTS. Rather, you should ...
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Elder vs Elderly

Common English Question 67 Created Date: Sun 20 Jan 2013

Elder is used for someone who is superior to another or others. Example: My elder brother has got married. (talking ...
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Drunk vs. Drunken

Common English Question 66 Created Date: Sat 13 Oct 2012

Source: NOUN: + Drunk = A drunkard: He is a drunk: he always drinks alcohol to the point of impairment ...
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Upstair And Upstairs

Common English Question 65 Created Date: Thu 20 Sep 2012

According to, UPSTAIR can only be used as an adjective. For example: The upstair rooms in my house ...
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Left Off Meaning

Common English Question 64 Created Date: Fri 07 Sep 2012

Example: LECTURER: Let us start off our lecture by finishing what we left off yesterday. => Yesterday the lecturer couldn't ...
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At Any Time Or At Anytime

Common English Question 63 Created Date: Fri 15 Jun 2012

According to Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, at any time and anytime all mean the same. Correct Call me anytime ...
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On Weekdays Or At Weekdays

Common English Question 62 Created Date: Sat 26 May 2012

Since this is a very popular question for which people also ask for the prepositions to use along with "weekend ...
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In The Other Hand Or On The Other Hand

Common English Question 61 Created Date: Wed 16 May 2012

On the other hand is the correct idiom to use in English. It means "conversely" or "alternatively". Example: On the ...
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Reward And Award

Common English Question 60 Created Date: Mon 14 May 2012

Reward is used when someone has done something well. Example: + Susan has been rewarded with a her dream job after ...
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Prices Are Correct As Of

Common English Question 59 Created Date: Sat 12 May 2012

In many articles, people often use this phrase to indicate how much a product/service costs. However, prices are often ...
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Dedicated and Devoted

Common English Question 58 Created Date: Sat 12 May 2012

They have very similar meanings because they both come from Latin and have the same origin. However, in today's ...
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Following And Below

Common English Question 57 Created Date: Wed 09 May 2012

Following is used to refer to something which will be mentioned right after what you are talking about. (LOGICAL POSITION ...
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Is There Are There

Common English Question 56 Created Date: Sat 28 Apr 2012

They are actually interchangeable. It only depends on the context and what you are thinking about the subjects. Following are ...
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A Variety Of Is or Are

Common English Question 55 Created Date: Sat 28 Apr 2012

In general, the phrase A Variety Of is used the same as a number of is used. For example: There ...
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Because Of Due To

Common English Question 54 Created Date: Thu 26 Apr 2012

Because Of is an adverb. For example: + Because of the rain, we couldn't play tennis yesterday. + He failed the ...
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Is Advice Countable

Common English Question 53 Created Date: Fri 23 Mar 2012

Advice is uncountable. Therefore, it's incorrect to use advices. However, you can still use some along with advice. For ...
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Relate To vs. Pertain To

Common English Question 52 Created Date: Fri 23 Mar 2012

+ They almost have the same meaning and can be used interchangeably. For example: > These research papers relate to Global Warming ...
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Inform of vs. Inform about

Common English Question 51 Created Date: Fri 09 Mar 2012

This explanation is just our habit of using these words. + Inform of: we use this when the whole idea is ...
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Everyone and Every one

Common English Question 50 Created Date: Wed 29 Feb 2012

+ Everyone > means everybody > is used when you want to refer to all the people in a group. For example: Peter ...
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Difference Between Occur and Incur

Common English Question 49 Created Date: Fri 10 Feb 2012

Occur: to happen, to take place unexpectedly. > The lunar eclipse occurred while I was traveling to Australia. > The corruption of ...
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Bear with me Or Bare with me

Common English Question 48 Created Date: Thu 09 Feb 2012

Bear with me is a standard expression used as a request for forbearance or patience. Ex: Please bear with me ...
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Speak to and Speak with

Common English Question 47 Created Date: Wed 08 Feb 2012

English is one of the most common language which has been widely used in many different nations. Hence, there are ...
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Difference among influence, affect and effect

Common English Question 46 Created Date: Mon 06 Feb 2012

Affect is a verb. Ex: Inflation affects the buying power of the dollar. Effect is a noun. Ex: The drug ...
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Top Spelling Mistakes

Common English Question 45 Created Date: Fri 03 Feb 2012

1) Seperate vs. Separate Se-para-te: Correct Se-per-ate: Incorrect Ex: we had to separate 2 fighting boys. 2) Indispensible vs. Indispensable ...
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Difference between Remind About and Remind Of

Common English Question 44 Created Date: Thu 02 Feb 2012

Remind about is typically used when ANOTHER PERSON/THING brings something to your attention or makes you remember something that ...
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Is friendship countable or uncountable

Common English Question 43 Created Date: Sun 29 Jan 2012

It depends on what you want to say. Uncountable Friendship: When it refers to the fact of close relationships among ...
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familiar to and familiar with

Common English Question 42 Created Date: Fri 13 Jan 2012

Familiar with = well informed about or knowing thoroughly. For example: I'm familiar with his art work. Are you familiar ...
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Verb Recommend + Infinitive

Common English Question 41 Created Date: Wed 11 Jan 2012

Recommend can be used in the following situation: Everybody recommended that she should continue with her education for 3 more ...
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Send Out, Send Through and Send Over

Common English Question 40 Created Date: Thu 05 Jan 2012

All these phrases are mostly wordy. You just need to say, for example, "I'll send it to you". to ...
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Cannot and Could not

Common English Question 39 Created Date: Thu 05 Jan 2012

Mostly, people agree that: • "cannot" is for the present • "could not" is for the past Example: • I cannot remember when ...
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Of Cause Or Of Course

Common English Question 38 Created Date: Wed 04 Jan 2012

Of Course is a correct phrase. For example: +Do you like ice cream? Of course, everybody likes ice cream. +Do ...
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Bear in mind or Bare in mind

Common English Question 37 Created Date: Tue 03 Jan 2012

Bear in mind Or Bare minded is correct. Bare in mind is incorrect. Source: ...
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For years to come vs for the coming years

Common English Question 36 Created Date: Wed 30 Nov 2011

Both are correct in grammar. However, there is one difference: > 'For years to come' sounds like a very long time ...
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Differences among can't, cannot and can not

Common English Question 35 Created Date: Wed 28 Sep 2011

Can't is simply an abbreviation of cannot. Can't can be used in informal speech. In academic writing, it ...
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In detail or In details

Common English Question 34 Created Date: Sat 24 Sep 2011

In detail means using a lot of details, item by item. For example: He explained the assignment in detail. (He ...
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Pride on or Pride in

Common English Question 33 Created Date: Wed 21 Sep 2011

She prides herself on tennis is the correct answer. We have 3 different ways of using this: pride on something ...
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Although vs. Though vs. But

Common English Question 32 Created Date: Tue 13 Sep 2011

They are almost interchangeable but different in grammar. He's very hard working ,(comma) but he always get low marks ...
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Wrong and Wrongly

Common English Question 31 Created Date: Mon 12 Sep 2011

Both sentences are correct. "Wrong" and "Wrongly" are almost interchangeable. However, it still depends upon how natural the sentence seems ...
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Difference between 'close' and 'near'

Common English Question 30 Created Date: Wed 07 Sep 2011

Close means: very near (close race) or intimate (close friend) You can't say "near friend" Near means: closely related ...
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What is the difference between 'I was' and 'I was used to'

Common English Question 29 Created Date: Tue 06 Sep 2011

I was: is used to indicate a fact. For example: I was a primary school teacher. (In the past, I ...
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What is the difference between 'tell' and 'say'

Common English Question 28 Created Date: Mon 05 Sep 2011

Grammar: Tell + someone + about + something Say + something For example: I told her about the subject she's going to take ...
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Should you have any problems

Common English Question 27 Created Date: Mon 05 Sep 2011

To understand this, you should know what the difference between these 3 sentences: 1) If you fail the subject, you ...
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Common English Mistake: The following

Common English Question 26 Created Date: Sun 04 Sep 2011

Correct: The following list is ... (The following + noun phrase) Following is a list of .... = Here is a list of ... Incorrect ...
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What is the difference between 'predominant' and 'dominant'

Common English Question 25 Created Date: Sat 03 Sep 2011

They are often interchangeable. It just depends on the context where you're using them. Dominent: key/leading/most important ...
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Have you finished your homework yet

Common English Question 24 Created Date: Fri 02 Sep 2011

Both are correct. It just depends upon where you're using them. Sentence a seems to be more popular in ...
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What is the difference between 'compare to' and 'compare with'

Common English Question 23 Created Date: Thu 01 Sep 2011

Compare To is usually used to compare 2 unlike things: • The old dog was compared to a monster. (dog and ...
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'I don't feel good' or 'I don't feel well'

Common English Question 22 Created Date: Wed 31 Aug 2011

1. I don't feel good - the person is referring to his emotional state or how his day is going ...
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What Is The Difference Between Prospective and Perspective

Common English Question 21 Created Date: Tue 30 Aug 2011

Perspective means "point of view" For Example: From my perspective, education should be considered as the key factor to the ...
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How To Use 'ago', 'since'

Common English Question 20 Created Date: Mon 29 Aug 2011

Correct: How long ago was it? It was 3 days ago. How long has it been since you saw him ...
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Common English Mistake: 'Hope this help' or 'Hope this helps'

Common English Question 19 Created Date: Sat 27 Aug 2011

Correct: Hope this helps! This is a contraction of: 'I Hope that this (what I have just done/said) is ...
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Expressing Your Opinion

Common English Question 18 Created Date: Fri 26 Aug 2011

Correct: According to you According to our teacher According to the textbook In my view From my point of view ...
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Common English Mistakes: Human, Humans, Human Being and Human Beings

Common English Question 17 Created Date: Thu 25 Aug 2011

Human(s) and Human being(s) are almost interchangeable. Human(s) is used more in the context when you are ...
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Common English Mistakes: Concern, Concerned and Concerning

Common English Question 16 Created Date: Wed 24 Aug 2011

Concerned (adj): worried Ex: I keep ringing you because I'm concerned about you. Concern (verb): +it concerns me = it ...
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Grammar: Would you - Would you please - Would you mind

Common English Question 15 Created Date: Mon 22 Aug 2011

Correct: Would you open the door for me? Would you please open the door? Would you kindly open the door ...
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How To Use 'Instead'

Common English Question 14 Created Date: Sun 21 Aug 2011

Instead means "in the place of" or "alternatively". For Example: Instead of going to class, she went with her friends ...
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Difference Between Present and Represent?

Common English Question 13 Created Date: Wed 17 Aug 2011

Present is like introducing. For Example: "Please let me present Jone's mother, Marion Smith." Represent = acting on someone's ...
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Common English Mistake: In Details Or In Detail

Common English Question 12 Created Date: Tue 16 Aug 2011

In Detail is a correct answer. The following examples show you different ways of using this: I am trying to ...
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Common English Mistake: Everyday and Every Day

Common English Question 11 Created Date: Tue 16 Aug 2011

Everyday is an adjective meaning "daily" Everyday also means "ordinary" or "an everyday event." For Example Cooking is her everyday ...
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Much Details or Many Details

Common English Question 10 Created Date: Sun 14 Aug 2011

If you use much, it should be "much detail" (without 's'). If you use many, it should be "many details ...
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What is the difference between Maybe May Be

Common English Question 9 Created Date: Sat 13 Aug 2011

Maybe an adverb = "perhaps" For Example: Maybe she forgot I said I’d meet her at six o’clock May ...
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Common English Error - Looking Forward To V-ing

Common English Question 8 Created Date: Fri 12 Aug 2011

Looking forward to + V-ing It must be followed by a gerund or a noun. For IELTS Writing Task 1 (General ...
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What Is The Difference Between 'alright' and 'all right'

Common English Question 5 Created Date: Sat 06 Aug 2011

All Right: Every item is right For example: It's a very difficult exam. However, one of my classmates got ...
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Common English Mistake: Most and Most of The

Common English Question 6 Created Date: Sat 06 Aug 2011

Most: refers to an unspecified group Most of The X: refers to a specified group. Common Errors: Most of students ...
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Difference Among So , Too And Very

Common English Question 7 Created Date: Sat 06 Aug 2011

This answer is very subjective since it's our conclusion after doing some research around. Feel free to add comments ...
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The Difference Between 'much detail' And 'many details'

Common English Question 4 Created Date: Wed 03 Aug 2011

If we are referring subjects which are countable, use many details. Otherwise just use much detail because we are not ...
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Sometime, Some time and Sometimes

Common English Question 3 Created Date: Tue 02 Aug 2011

Sometime: unstated time in the future For Example: I will go to France sometime. Some time: a period of time ...
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Driving License or Driver's License

Common English Question 2 Created Date: Sun 31 Jul 2011

Both "Driving License" and "Driver's License" are correct. It just depends on where you are using it. According to ...
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Expressing Time Duration: 2 years time OR 2 years' time

Common English Question 1 Created Date: Thu 28 Jul 2011

Correct Answer: b We need to have the apostrophe
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IELTS Writing Sample

Mandatory Financial Education

IELTS Writing Sample - Task 2

Financial education should be mandatory component of the school program. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
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