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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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A common confusion for everyone is when to use alternate vs alternative.

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To improve patient health outcomes, health professionals often need to convince and persuade.

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A common confusion is whether to use ‘is’ or ‘are’ for groups of people.

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Another common confusion is when to use ‘bring’ and when to use ‘take’.

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It’s confusing because they can be the same and they can be different.

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Deciding which verb is the right one can be confusing.

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Muddling up ‘remember’ and ‘remind’ is another common confusion.

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

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

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

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

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