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Articles helping people who are learning English as a foreign language.

Martha Ryan

Intrude and Interfere: the differences

The English language verbs Intrude and Interfere have similar meanings, but they are different, as I shall explain, using British English examples. Intrude means to go into a place where you should not be. This could be as simple as causing someone inconvenience by being…

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Martha Ryan

Get Out and Go Out - the differences

The English language verbs Get Out and Go Out have related meanings, but they are different, as I shall explain, using British English examples. To Go Out implies movement from being in to being out. It is used when the destination is more important than…

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Martha Ryan

Difference between Movement and Motion

The English language nouns Movement and Motion have related meanings, but they are different, as I shall explain, using British English examples. Motion implies changing position without intention. It describes the physical properties of moving. It is normally emphasising something is not stationary, rather than…

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Martha Ryan

Can and May - the differences

The English language verbs Can and May have similar meanings, but they are different, as I shall explain, using British English examples. Can means "to be able to", to have the ability to do something. "I can speak French." "They can be in London in…

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Martha Ryan

Difference between Around and Surround

The English language words Around and Surround are similar, but not the same. I explain the difference here, using British English examples. Surround means an uninterrupted circle of something around something else. "The forest surrounds the hotel." If the centre is a person, this could…

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Martha Ryan

Obedient and Assertive: the differences

The English language adjectives Obedient and Assertive are similar in meaning, but there are differences as I shall explain, using British English examples. Obedient derives from the verb obey. It means doing what someone else (normally someone in power, like a teacher or parent) tells…

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