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FORMERLY fɔrmərli

16 Nov 2019


  • Formerly is an adverb meaning in the past.
Example Sentences: The European Union was formerly called the European Community.
Hong Kong was formerly a British colony.

PRINCIPAL prɪnsəpəl

15 Nov 2019


  • A principal is the head of a school.
Example Sentences: The principal is in a meeting with the deputy-principal and senior teachers.

PRINCIPLE prɪnsəpəl

14 Nov 2019


  • A principle is a basic idea or rule that explains or controls how something happens or works.
Example Sentences: The principle of democracy is important to Americans.
I agree with you in principle but I think it will be difficult to achieve in practice.


13 Nov 2019


  • A draught is a current of unpleasantly cold air blowing through a room. (confusingly in US English they use 'draft' to mean this).
Example Sentences: Can you shut the door? - there's a terrible draught coming through.

DRAFT drɑft

12 Nov 2019


  • A draft is a piece of text, a formal suggestion or a drawing in its original state, often containing the main ideas and intentions but not the developed form.
Example Sentences: This is only a rough draft - the finished article will have pictures as well.
She asked me to check the (first) draft of her proposal.

EXCEPT ɪkˈsɛpt

11 Nov 2019


  • Except is a preposition meaning not including or but not.
Example Sentences: The museum is open daily except Monday(s).
The government has few options except to keep interest rates high.

ACCEPT ækˈsɛpt

10 Nov 2019


  • Accept means to consider something or someone as satisfactory. It can also mean to agree to take something.
Example Sentences: My boss accepted my excuse for coming late to work.
Do you accept credit cards?


09 Nov 2019


  • Course has many meanings, but the most common meaning is a set of classes or a plan of study on a particular subject, usually resulting in an exam or qualification.
Example Sentences: Tim did a three-year course in linguistics at London University.
They're going away on a training course next week.


08 Nov 2019


  • If something is coarse, it is rude and offensive. Coarse can also be used to mean rough and not soft.
Example Sentences: My boss is always telling coarse jokes.
The sand is very coarse on this beach.

REMAINDER rɪˈmeɪndər

07 Nov 2019


  • The remainder is the part of something that is left after the other parts have gone, been used, or been taken away
Example Sentences: I ate most of it and gave the remainder to the dog.
It rained the first day but the remainder of the trip was lovely.

REMINDER rɪˈmaɪndər

06 Nov 2019


  • A reminder is a written or spoken message which reminds someone to do something.
Example Sentences: If he forgot to pay his rent, his landlady would send him a reminder.
Mum sent me off with a final reminder to be back before 11pm.

ENSURE ɛnˈʃʊər

05 Nov 2019


  • To ensure is make something certain to happen.
Example Sentences: The airline is taking steps to ensure safety on its aircraft.
The role of the police is to ensure (that) the law is obeyed.

ASSURE əˈʃʊər

04 Nov 2019


  • If you assure someone, you tell them confidently that something is true, especially so that they do not worry.
Example Sentences: The unions assured the new owners of the workers' loyalty to the company.
She assured him (that) the car would be ready the next day.

PERSONNEL pɜrsəˈnɛl

03 Nov 2019


  • Personnel means employees or staff.
Example Sentences: The personnel department looked after 100 employees.
If you want to apply for a job please contact the personnel department.

PERSONAL pɜrsənl

02 Nov 2019


  • Personal means individual or private - a letter that is only to be opened by the person it is addressed to may be marked 'personal'.
Example Sentences: She left the room to take a personal phone call.
The letter had 'personal' on the envelope so she didn’t open it.