Author Archive | Matthew Jones

Use To or Used To: Which Is Correct?

  If you’ve ever had a conversation with a native English speaker, you’ve probably heard some variation of use to or used to. So, which did you actually hear? Did the person say used to or use to? More importantly, which one is correct? In today’s guide, we will examine the grammar rules for both, […]

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How to Say Thank You in 100 Different Languages

Here at Magoosh, our primary focus is the English language. However, we are fascinated by everything related to language — from linguistic origins to translation technology. More than anything, we believe in connecting people from all different backgrounds. One way to do this is to show kindness through language. So, what’s the easiest way to show […]

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Ad Nauseam: What It Really Means & How to Use It

Click below to listen to a recording of this passage about ‘ad nauseam.’   English borrows a lot of words and phrases from other languages. Unfortunately, this can make it difficult for non-native speakers to figure out the meaning, pronunciation, and proper usage of certain borrowed terms. If you’ve ever read or heard someone speak […]

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Faux Pas Meaning & How to Use It

Click below to listen to a recording of this passage about faux pas.   English borrows a lot of terms from other languages, just as other languages borrow many terms from English. For example, French uses the word “sandwich” all the time (with a slightly different pronunciation), even though the word originated in England in […]

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Vice Versa: Its Meaning & How to Use It

Click below to listen to a recording of this passage about “vice versa.”   Like many English phrases, “vice versa” is borrowed from another language. Other examples of this in English include, “wanderlust”, originally a German word, and “karaoke”, borrowed from the Japanese language.  Despite being a pretty common term, it is often misused, mispronounced, […]

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