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If elephants could write, they'd use their trunks. The Trunk is a collection of articles with advice on language, learning and communicating better in English at work.

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How confident are you using skeleton words in English?

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How’s your revising going?

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Making time to revise is an important part of up-skilling.

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Mixing up these two and adding an S in the wrong place happens a lot.

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What’s the difference between “he stopped smoking” and “he stopped to smoke”?

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Two wrongs don’t make a right, but can two negatives make a positive?

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Category: Common English ConfusionsHealthcare English

Another common confusion is the difference between the verbs rise and raise.

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Category: Common English ConfusionsHealthcare English

When you can’t recall the difference between common confusing pairs, your writing and speaking slow down.

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Sometimes writing in English can feel like one step forward and two steps back.

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When someone has a problem or worry, how can you politely give the person some advice?

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Category: Common English ConfusionsHealthcare EnglishEnglish Learning Tips

When you’re sick, all you want is an efficient way to get an effective cure.

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Category: Common English ConfusionsHealthcare English

Did you know there’s a rule in English that’s always true?

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Category: Common English ConfusionsEnglish Learning Tips

Is it Congratulations FOR your new job or Congratulations ON your new job?

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The different forms of "used to" can be confusing. They can cover the past or now or a change.

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People often trip up when it comes to using “as” versus “like”, so here are a couple of tips for you.

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Pronouncing individual sounds correctly is important when speaking, right?

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Another common confusion is when to use the “ed” ending of an adjective (confused) versus the “ing” ending (confusing).

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Another common confusion is when to use "few" and when to use "little".

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We can use "appreciate" to ask and to thank. However, people often forget to add "it" when using "if" in a polite request.

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A common confusion is which preposition to use in the following fixed expressions.

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Category: Common English Confusions