Is it one of those days when you can’t see the sun or even a bit of blue sky? Then this is the day to use the word OVERCAST, a better way of saying that it’s really, really cloudy. As for me, I prefer sunny days, maybe with a few fluffy clouds. How about you? […]

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In the 1970s the government of Malta decided to encourage people to buy their own home rather than rent. It did this by building housing estates and selling the apartments or houses at subsidized prices. Since then, the mentality among Maltese has been to purchase.Today though, most do this on the open market, and with […]

A few weeks ago the topic was about OVERHEAR/EAVESDROP and in it I had written: “… you hear what other people are saying …”. A nogger messaged me asking why I used the word “people” and not “PEOPLES“. As it is a question which also comes up regularly in the classroom, I think that today […]

The comma – for some students it’s like a rare bird, with only three or four sighted in their 250-word essays; others use so many that it looks like it’s been raining heavily on their writing. I won’t discuss the rules of using commas today. Instead, I’m using the two sentences above to show you […]

“By now you will have heard the horror stories. The price of hotel rooms doubling, trebling, quadrupling. Flights that would require a second mortgage to afford. Tickets that cost an arm and a leg.” As the months go by, more and more sports news will be about next year’s World Cup. If you’re thinking […]

This is another extract from the book, “The Infatuations” by Javier Marias. In a few words, it helps you understand the meaning of OVERHEAR. It happens so often, doesn’t it, that without wanting you hear what other people are saying – on the train or bus, queuing up to pay at the supermarket, sitting patiently […]


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