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

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Category: Common English ConfusionsEnglish Learning Tips

Is it possible?

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Category: Writing in English

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

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Category: Common English Confusions

Are you dilly-dallying?

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Category: English Learning TipsWriting in English

Tell me whether this sounds familiar …

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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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Category: Common English Confusions

Are you curious about the quickest way to improve your English writing skills?

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Category: English Learning TipsWriting in English

Still thinking about trying flash cards, but not keen on making paper cards?

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Do you find picking up new words and phrases is easy but remembering them is hard?

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Has this happened to you, too?

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Finally finished writing your email and checked that it all makes sense? Don’t hit send before you’ve proofread it.

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Category: English Learning TipsWriting in English

You’ve psyched yourself up to write that blog post or email in English.

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Category: English Learning TipsWriting in English

Pronouncing individual sounds correctly is important when speaking, right?

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Category: Common English ConfusionsEnglish Learning Tips

Here’s some more insight into what people say about writing in English when it’s not their first language.

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Category: English Learning TipsWriting in English

We get so many emails every day that we usually just skim them, which makes it crucial to write emails that are easy to read.

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Category: Writing in English

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

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Category: Common English Confusions

One reason why people don’t sound as good as they could when speaking is that they haven't warmed up first, especially before saying something important.

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For many people, the idea of sitting down and working through a grammar book from start to finish makes them want to do housework instead. But there’s a better way.

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The first step is to identify your regular mistakes in English and then defeat them one by one.

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Category: English Learning Tips

This week another insight into what people say about writing in English when it’s not their first language.

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Category: English Learning TipsWriting in English