Author Archive | Jake Pool

Romance Languages: Origin, Definition, and Similarities

When English speakers speak about “romance,” they’re generally referring to affection and love defined by a courtship or strong attraction to another person. But the origin of romance has a completely different meaning that’s linked to Ancient Rome.  And that older definition defines a class of the most influential languages in the world: The Romance […]

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Colleague vs Coworker: What’s the Difference?

Colleague vs Coworker… It sounds like the headline for a professional wrestling match! But, we’re not speaking about two words in conflict. They have a lot in common, which is why many people mix up these two words. They’re important in business and professional settings, so read closely. Or you might confuse one of your […]

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Common Synonyms: 75 Synonyms with Examples

  We hear it from English learners all the time… “Why does English have so many common synonyms!?” There’s no simple explanation. You could make an academic career from studying the origins of English. If you want the quick story, learn about the Norman Conquests of England.  We won’t bore you with the history of […]

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Et Al.: How to Use it Properly

Click below to listen to a recording of this passage.   In this blog, we will define et al., show you when and how to use it, and provide some common mistakes and plenty of examples so you can use this abbreviation when needed. Latin—a language considered dead because it is no longer the native […]

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Em Dash: The Versatile Grammar Tool You Can Use Today!

Click below to listen to a recording of this passage.   Ah, the “em dash”. Every language has two paths, evolution or death. Evolving languages change with widespread use and new events and technology.  Over the last century, television and the internet sped up this natural evolution within every language, and that’s especially true for […]

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