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Practice in Cutting the Clutter in Writing

Practice in Cutting the Clutter in Writing

Here we'll apply the strategies that we have learned for cutting out needless words--deadwood that only bores, distracts, or confuses our readers.
conjunctions french conjonctions French coordinating conjunctions French subordinating conjunctions

conjunctions french conjonctions French coordinating conjunctions French subordinating conjunctions

Certain French coordinating conjunctions can be repeated in front of each of the joined items for emphasis.
What's the Difference Between the Words 'Consequently' and 'Subsequently'?

What's the Difference Between the Words 'Consequently' and 'Subsequently'?

"Consequently" is a conjunctive adverb that means as a result. The adverb "subsequently" means next--following in time, order, or place.
Xiao Guo - Daily Mandarin Lesson

Xiao Guo - Daily Mandarin Lesson

The Mandarin Chinese word for "result" is "xiao guo." This daily Mandarin lesson has audio files for your pronunciation and listening practice.
French Literary Ne - Formal French

French Literary Ne - Formal French

What I call the ne littéraire is the phenomenon in literary writing (and, to a much lesser extent, spoken French) whereby certain verbs and constructions need ne but not pas in order to be negative. The use of pas in these constructions is not prohibited, simply optional.
Answers to the Exercise in Adding and Arranging Participial Phrases

Answers to the Exercise in Adding and Arranging Participial Phrases

Here are sample combinations for the 10 sets in the Exercise in Adding and Arranging Participial Phrases on page one.
Calculer - to calculate

Calculer - to calculate

Learn how to conjugate calculer, a regular -er French verb.
Moon Festival

Moon Festival

Moon Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. It is one of the most important festivals in Chinese culture, a time for family reunions and feasts.
Cuire - to cook

Cuire - to cook

Learn how to conjugate cuire, an irregular -re French verb.
Uses and Abuses of Exclamation Points!

Uses and Abuses of Exclamation Points!

The exclamation point (!) is a mark of punctuation used after a sentence that expresses a strong emotion.
Proscrire - to ban, prohibit

Proscrire - to ban, prohibit

Learn how to conjugate proscrire, an irregular -re French verb.
Development of Chinese Calligraphy

Development of Chinese Calligraphy

The origins of Chinese calligraphy are thought to go all the way back to the New Stone Age, between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago. By the time the oldest surviving examples of Chinese script were created, a complete system of writing had already been in development for a long time. In the centuries sinc
Décéder

Décéder

What does the French word décéder mean? How is it pronounced and used?
How to Stop Talking With a Southern Drawl

How to Stop Talking With a Southern Drawl

People often make conscious or subconscious assumptions about others based on the way they speak. If you need to lose your Southern twang for business or personal reasons, such as a career in performing arts or journalism, practicing a new accent will help you learn to speak differently. There's no
Meet the Italian Verbs Sapere and Conoscere

Meet the Italian Verbs Sapere and Conoscere

The Italian verbs sapere and conoscere both mean "to know," but have different implications.
Passer - to pass

Passer - to pass

Learn how to conjugate passer, a regular -er French verb.