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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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With their similar sounds and meanings, ‘lay’ and ‘lie’ are easy to confuse.

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‘Myself’ isn’t a substitute for ‘me’.

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Sometimes you have to proceed with caution when copying native speakers.

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3 quick fixes

I hear and read these slips of the tongue all the time.

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We all know that a common confusion in English concerns pronunciation.

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In the current confusing chaos, we need courage and creativity.

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She’s a gifted surgeon whose skills are in high demand.

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Another common confusion is between these two words which sound the same but confusing one letter changes the meaning

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In this example of a common confusion, it depends.

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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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