30 4, 2021

The difference among could have, would have and should have

30/4/2021|Categories: DSE|

Today we will take a look at the modal verbs “could have”, “would have” and “should have”. These past modal verbs are useful for expressing your present feelings about a past decision (or another action).

28 4, 2021

How to use a semicolon correctly in your writing

28/4/2021|Categories: DSE|

I believed that most of you guys have seen semicolon, but you may not be very clear with the rules of using it. They’re somewhere in between the commas and periods: stronger than a comma but not quite as divisive as a period. However, they are not interchangeable. Here are the rules for using semicolons correctly.

7 4, 2021

Even though, even if…How to use “even” in writing?

7/4/2021|Categories: DSE|

We found that a lot of students struggle with using “even” in a sentence no matter both their writing and speaking tests. Today, we have summarized the most common ways to use “even” in a sentence, including “even though”, “even if” and more.

10 3, 2021

English grammar: 5 common contrast words and how to use them

10/3/2021|Categories: DSE|

Contrast words are commonly used in academic writings, especially argumentative essays. It seems that they are pretty similar in meaning, like but, although and, however. Actually, they are different in use. We are going to go through the correct use of those words.

8 3, 2021

“Whether” versus “if”: What’s the difference?

8/3/2021|Categories: DSE|

IF and whether are commonly used to join two sentences together and should be commonly used in both writing and speaking tests. Do you know the difference between them? If and whether are often interchangeable, but not always. Let’s look at under what condition we use “whether” and “if”.

29 1, 2021

When, while or as? The difference among linking words

29/1/2021|Categories: DSE|

It is hard to deny that we use a lot of linking words in English tests, such as “because of” and “as well as”. Besides knowing their synonyms, a lot of students do not know how to use them in sentences. We are going to introduce you the difference among “when”, “while” and “as”.

27 1, 2021

For example vs. such as: confusing words related to giving examples

27/1/2021|Categories: DSE|

In DSE writing, sometimes we need to give out examples to support our argument. Good writers explain their ideas well. One way they explain their ideas is to include examples which make the writer's thoughts much more concrete, practical, and comprehensible to the reader. However, do you know the difference between “for example” and “such as”? Here comes a detailed explanation of how to give out examples in your English writing.

25 1, 2021

Pull over? look over? 7 common phrasal verbs with “over”

25/1/2021|Categories: DSE|

Over and over again…There is a lot of phrasal verbs with “over”. Do you know the meanings of each of them? We summarized a list for you which lists out the meanings of those phrasal verbs.

31 12, 2020

7 alternative ways to say “so that” you need to know

31/12/2020|Categories: DSE|

Do you have the issue of constantly using the same sentence pattern in your English writing or speaking tests? For example, the “so that” structure is one of the most overused patterns among English learners. Today, we are going to give you some simple substitutes for “so that”.

30 12, 2020

DSE English: 5 common types of words related to “opinions” (part 2)

30/12/2020|Categories: DSE|

Here comes the second episode of words related to opinions. We are going to cover more words which can be used to describe your attitude towards others’ points of view.

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