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Active v. Passive Voice – Which One to Use in Writing?

Active or passive voice – that is every English writer's dilemma. Some writers detest the passive voice and advise against it, others embrace it throughout their texts. While, in general, the active voice is preferred in writing, the passive voice is essential in certain situations. In this lesson, we explain the difference between the active and passive voice and teach you when and how to use the passive voice in your writing.

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Using the Right Conjunctions in Writing

In order to write longer, complex sentences, you need to use conjunctions. Conjunctions are linking words that connect, separate parts of a sentence or whole sentences. They are extremely important because they enrich your writing and help you say more with fewer words. In this lesson, we cover how to use conjunctions correctly in writing, including rules, tips, and many examples.

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Using the Word "That" in English

"That" is one of the most commonly used words in writing. This short word can have multiple roles in a sentence. Because it is so common, it is important to know when to use it, how to use it properly, and also when you should not use it. In this lesson, we explain the difference between "which" and "that", teach you when "that" can replace "who", and provide many other examples of how to use "that" in writing.

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How to Avoid Wordiness in Writing

Writing brief and concise sentences is a true skill. Doing the opposite is what we call wordiness. Writers who are wordy use too many words to say too little. In this lesson, we teach you how to detect critical parts in your article which contribute to wordiness. We also give many examples to help you feel comfortable with cutting down words and becoming less wordy.

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When and How (Not) to Use Adverbs

Stephen King, a celebrated American fiction writer once said: "I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs." English learners and writers are often advised not to use adverbs in their writing. In this lesson, we provide a detailed guide and many different examples on what adverbs are, what can be wrong with using them, when you should not use them, and when it is helpful to add adverbs to your writing.

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Writing with Strong Verbs

Strong verbs are verbs that help readers imagine or know exactly what the writer is trying to describe. In other words, they convey a stronger degree of meaning than a weaker verb with the same or similar meaning. For example: " I think I did the task. " =

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Avoiding Weak Adjectives

Adjectives such as "cold" or "good" are weak because they are gradable. This means that they alone do not tell us how cold or how good something it. "Cold " could mean below zero degrees, but it can also be cold when the temperature is higher. On the other hand, "freezing" is not a gradable adjective. On the contrary, it is considered a strong adjective because it specifically relates to low temperatures and provides a precise description. A paragraph filled with weak adjectives can lead readers to lose focus because they might feel like they are reading a monotonous, repetitive piece. It also fails to help the readers create images of what they are reading in their minds.

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Sticky Sentences and How to Avoid Them

Sticky sentences are long sentences that contain more words than they need to. For example: "With regard to that event you mentioned yesterday, I would like to say that I almost certainly will not be able to attend the event." Isn't it better to write "I'm sorry but I won't be able to come to the event you mentioned yesterday"?

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Venice, the City of Canals

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Venice, the City of Canals. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Vegetation Regions

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Vegetation Regions. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Famous Cakes from Around the World

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Famous Cakes from Around the World. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Oceania

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Oceania. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Cairo, the City of Contrast

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Cairo, the City of Contrast. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Caucasus, the Border of Europe and Asia

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Caucasus, the Border of Europe and Asia. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Grammarly Review: Walk-through, Pros, Cons, and Examples

This detailed review was written by Maja, an advanced English learner and writer. She used this tool in her work and shares her experience and conclusions with us in this comprehensive analysis.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Interesting Festivals around the World

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Interesting Festivals around the World. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Europe's Smallest Countries

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Europe's Smallest Countries. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Planets of Our Solar System

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Planets of Our Solar System. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: The Coldest Places Where People Live

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: The Coldest Places Where People Live. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Summer Solstice

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Summer Solstice. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Winter Solstice

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Winter Solstice. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Types of Climate

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Types of Climate. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Can You Guess Where These Beautiful Natural Places Are? (Part 2)

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Can You Guess Where These Beautiful Natural Places Are? (Part 2) The lesson includes a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, WH Questions, evaluating statements, true or false questions, and an answer key.

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Detective Nora and the Ancient Statue (Story, Glossary, Exercises, and Answer Key)

Download our newest booklet for English teachers and learners (intermediate level). It contains a detective story, glossary, exercises, and answers. It's free to download if you share the page! :-)

Plot Summary: Nora and William, fellow students, travel to Mexico for an international conference, but their short trip turns into a surprising crime scene, which they now must solve! Read the story and follow the clues to try and solve the mystery.

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Fun Facts About English - Part 2

The English language is popular all over the world. English has a rich history dating back to 5th century AD, and it has changed over time. English continues to change every day. Did you know that some silent letters were purposefully added to words? Did you know that one English word has over 400 definitions? Here are more interesting facts about the English language.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Israel, the Holy Land, Part 2

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Israel, the Holy Land, Part 2. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Israel, the Holy Land

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Israel, the Holy Land. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Unique Holidays People Celebrate Around the World

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Unique Holidays People Celebrate Around the World. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: World's Largest Countries

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: World's Largest Countries. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Interesting Dining Manners in Different Cultures

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Interesting Dining Manners in Different Cultures. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Dogs, Our Loyal Friends, Part 3

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Dogs, Our Loyal Friends, Part 3. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Winter Holidays Around the World

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Winter Holidays Around the World. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Dogs, Our Loyal Friends, Part 2

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Dogs, Our Loyal Friends, Part 2. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: The World's Most Beautiful Natural Wonders

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: The World's Most Beautiful Natural Wonders. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: The Oldest Cities in the World

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: The Oldest Cities in the World. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Tokyo, the City of Cherry Blossoms

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Tokyo, the City of Cherry Blossoms. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Dogs, Our Loyal Friends

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Dogs, Our Loyal Friends. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Can You Guess Where These Beautiful Natural Places Are?

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Can You Guess Where These Beautiful Natural Places Are? The lesson includes a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, WH Questions, evaluating statements, true or false questions, and an answer key.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Interesting Traditional Marriage Customs around the World, Part 2

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Interesting Traditional Marriage Customs around the World, Part 2. This lesson includes a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, WH Questions, evaluating statements, true or false questions, and an answer key.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Interesting Traditional Marriage Customs around the World

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Interesting Traditional Marriage Customs around the World. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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English Reading Comprehension Texts and Exercises by Really Learn English

Here you can find many interesting lessons with reading texts (and photos for illustration) in intermediate English, followed by reading comprehension exercises. Exercises include: Vocabulary Questions, Collocation Questions, Wh Questions (who, what, when, where, how, etc.), Evaluating Statements, True or False Questions

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Beauty Rituals around the World

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Beauty Rituals around the World. This lesson includes a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, WH Questions, evaluating statements, true or false questions, and an answer key.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Rio de Janeiro, the Marvelous City

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Rio de Janeiro, the Marvelous City. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Interesting Word Origins in the English Language, Part 2

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Interesting Word Origins in the English Language, Part 2. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Bitcoin, the Currency of the Future

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Bitcoin, the Currency of the Future. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Delicious Desserts from Four Continents, Some of the World's Most Famous Desserts

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Delicious Desserts from Four Continents, Some of the World's Most Famous Desserts. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Boston, the Home of US History

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Boston, the Home of US History. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Tbilisi, the Food Capital

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Tbilisi, the Food Capital. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Monaco, the Casino City

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Monaco, the Casino City. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, wh Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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