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Verb TO BE Worksheet: A Fun Way to Practice

This VERB TO BE WORKSHEET is designed to help students practice and understand using the verb TO BE in different situations. In this worksheet, you will find fill-in-the-blanks exercises, in the form of everyday conversations, focusing on different TO BE forms.

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Definition of Advocate (Simple and Easy to Understand) | English Vocabulary Lesson

Learn a simple and easy-to-understand definition of advocate (verb and noun). Many example sentences and vocabulary exercises are included.

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What Is Soccer About (Simple and Illustrated) | Terms of Soccer: English Vocabulary Lesson

What is soccer about? A simple and illustrated guide to understanding the basic terms of soccer + a vocabulary quiz to test your understanding.

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Definition of Insurance Premiums (Simple and Illustrated)

This lesson explains in simple words the definition of insurance premiums. We will also look and examples, a story dialogue showing how it can be used in everyday conversations, and a short quiz to test your understanding.

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Life Insurance Term Meaning: What is Term Life Insurance? (English Vocabulary Lesson)

In this lesson, we will explain in simple words what is the meaning of term life insurance. We will discuss key insurance concepts, review a story dialogue that uses life insurance terms in context, and take a vocabulary quiz to test your understanding.

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Origins of Thanksgiving and the History of Thanksgiving (the American Holiday)

A lesson in simple English: origins of Thanksgiving, the history of Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving today, Thanksgiving vocabulary, and a short story dialogue to demonstrate vocabulary.

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Words Describing Physical Appearance (Illustrated): English Vocabulary List

Words describing physical appearance can be divided into several categories, including beauty, age, build, and hair. In this lesson, we will go over these different categories and look at many useful examples. We will then use a fun story dialogue to illustrate how to use the words from the lesson in context.

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Definition of Jump-Start: Meaning, Example Sentences, Synonyms, Antonyms, and Story Dialogues

What is the definition of jump-start? What are some examples of how to use it in a sentence? What are its synonyms and antonyms?Get your answers and read 3 dialogue stories to help you understand the meaning of jump-start. At the end of this lesson, you can test your understanding using a short quiz.

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What Is Your Level of English Fluency?

Do you need to assess your level of English fluency? It is actually quite simple to find out. We at Really Learn English can you help you assess your level of English fluency with our quick and easy online level test.

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A Guide to Understanding and Using Idiomatic Expressions

Idiomatic expressions are expressions (groups of words) that are not meant to be taken literally. Often, they don't make sense if you try to translate them word for word. In this lesson, we will help you understand exactly what idiomatic expressions are and how to use them correctly. To help you better understand how idiomatic expressions are used, many examples are given in context.

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Teaching Idioms: How to Teach Idioms in 4 Steps

Teaching idioms in English is the Key to fully unlocking the English Language. In this lesson, we will go over 4 steps to effectively teach idioms in the classroom. If you want your students to sound like native English speakers (and easily understand them), it is essential that you spend some time teaching idioms.

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Idioms of Happy: The Top 10 You Should Know (10 Useful Idioms to Express Happiness)

Idioms of happy are some of the most colorful and fun expressions in the English language. They are a great way to express your happiness. In this lesson, we will explore 10 different happy expressions. Ready to get started?

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English Vocabulary for the Office

All jobs have common phrases and expressions that are helpful to know. Working in an office requires speciliazed vocabulary no matter what language you speak. There are many common office supplies that you will want to be able to locate in an office setting. That's why we put together this list of English vocabulary for the office.

In this lesson, you will learn the most common vocabulary you need to know to work in an office and locate office supplies.

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The Strongest Army in the World: Your Immune System, Health Related Vocabulary and Grammar Practice

A lesson for English teachers and learners (text, vocabulary exercises, grammar exercises, and answers)

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Gender Nouns in English - Grammatical and Metaphorical

The modern English language is not known for having many gender-specific nouns, but they do exist. There are actually four catagories of gender nouns in English: masculine, feminine, common, and neuter. There are also metaphorical gender nouns in English. In this lesson, we will discuss the differences among these catagories of gender nouns and give you many examples.

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How to add Humor to your English Classroom

How many times have you heard your students say, This is boring! or Learning should be fun! If you struggle with keeping your students' attention, you can try adding humor to your English lessons. Humor is an effective way to engage students and increase comprehension. Plus, it is a lot more fun for everyone!

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How to Be Polite in English

When you are just starting to learn English, your main goal is to be understood. It is also important that you do not sound rude or unprofessional. There are many words and phrases in English that you can use to be nice and polite. Read our lesson and watch the narrated video.

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English Short Stories for Advanced Learners

English Short Stories for Advanced Learners

A new eBook collection! Over 500 pages of stories, exercises, activities, answers, word lists and definitions for advanced English learners. Learn English through stories: stories on everyday life, adventure, and love (bonus science fiction and fantasy stories).

  • Made specifically for ESL/EFL teachers and students
  • Suitable for teenagers and adults
  • Each story comes with a glossary (word lists + word meanings)
  • Exercises
  • Fun activites
  • An answer key
  • Beautiful illustrations
  • Interesting and engaging stories

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English Short Stories for Beginners (Also Suitable for Children)

Check out our newest eBook series! 425 pages of illustrated short stories, starting with the most basic words and sentences. The stories come with a complete workbook, full of exercises and illustrated activities.

  • Made specifically for ESL/EFL beginners
  • Suitable for all ages, including young children
  • Each story is very short, and you get many of them!
  • Fully illustrated
  • Easy to understand
  • Fun and amusing

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Oslo, the Tiger City

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Oslo, the Tiger City. Johannesburg is the largest city in the Republic of South Africa. This area is famous throughout the world for its gold and diamonds. 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: Johannesburg, the City of Gold

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Johannesburg, the City of Gold. Johannesburg is the largest city in the Republic of South Africa. This area is famous throughout the world for its gold and diamonds. Exercises include a reading passage, vocabulary questions, collocation questions, WH Questions, evaluating statements, and true or false questions.

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How to Improve your Handwriting in English

The way you write on paper is called your handwriting. Everyone has different handwriting styles. Some people write very neatly. Other people write sloppily. Some people write in cursive. Other people write in print. This lesson will give you tips to improve your handwriting in English.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Dusseldorf, Japan on the Rhine

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Dusseldorf, Japan on the Rhine. 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: Valletta – Superbissima ("Most Proud" in Latin)

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Valletta – Superbissima ("Most Proud" in Latin). 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: Brasilia, the Isle of Fantasies

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Brasilia, the Isle of Fantasies. 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: Dublin, the Fair City

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Dublin, the Fair 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: Los Angeles, the City of Angels

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Los Angeles, the City of Angels. 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 Warm Place

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Tbilisi, the Warm Place. 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: Bristol, the Capital of the South West

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Bristol, the Capital of the South West. 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: Beijing, the Celestial City

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

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14 of the Most Commonly Misspelled Words in English – Rules, Tips, Exercises, and Answers

This illustrated lesson is about commonly misspelled words in English, as well as tips and tricks on how to remember them. Learn the rules, do the exercises, and then check your answers.

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Comprehension Text and Exercises: Marseille, the City of 111 Districts

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: VMarseille, the City of 111 Districts. 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: Dar es Salaam, the House of Peace

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

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Advanced Comprehension Text and Exercises: Detroit, the Motor City

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for Advanced English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Detroit, the Motor 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: Kathmandu, the City of Temples

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for Advanced English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Kathmandu, the City of Temples. 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: Vancouver, Rain City

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Vancouver, Rain 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: Alexandria, the Pearl of the Mediterranean

English Reading Comprehension Text and Exercises for English Learners and School Students. This reading text is about: Alexandria, the Pearl of the Mediterranean. 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: Perth, the City of Lights

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

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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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