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How to buy time before responding to an invitation?

Let me check. Can I get back to you? I’ll need to check my appointments. (or) I need to check my schedule. (or) I need to check with my assistant. I’ll let you know later. (or) I’ll let you know on Monday. I may be away on Saturday evening. Let me check and get back to you. I might … Continue reading

How do you refuse an invitation?

I’m sorry, I have a previous engagement. (or) I’m sorry, I have another appointment. I’m so sorry, but I can’t. I’m rather tied up all of this week. I’m sorry! I’m booked all week with the conference. Why don’t we go out sometime after the 15th? (or) Why don’t we go sometime in the week after next? … Continue reading

How do you accept invitations?

That sounds great! That sounds like fun! I’d love to join you. Sure, I can join you. Where are we going? Thank you. I’d really like to join you. That would be wonderful. Yes, I’m free any time after six tomorrow evening (or) today. I’d love to join you. Sure, it’s fine with me. Of course. … Continue reading

How to invite people

Let’s have lunch (or) a drink (or) coffee together. Can you join me for coffee tomorrow? Can you join me for lunch sometime this week? (or) Can you join me for a drink tomorrow? Are you free for lunch this week? Let’s plan on going out for lunch this week. When are you free? I’m planning to check the new … Continue reading

corn silk

  Those silky things at the head of the corn is called ‘silk.’


    Do you see that elongated metal cap on the top of the umbrella, holding the ribs together? That’s called a ‘ferrule.’ Here’s how the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines it: ‘a piece of metal or rubber that covers the end of an umbrella or a stick to protect it.’

when to use ‘per cent’ and when to use ‘%’?

In formal writing (articles, academic essays), the form per cent is used after a numeral instead of a percentage symbol or %. So, this is how percentage should be expressed in academic writing: ’10 per cent of the population still lives below the poverty line.’ ‘The report shows that 66 per cent of adolescent children … Continue reading

‘anxious’ or ‘eager’?

Anxious and eager both mean ‘looking forward to something.’ But there is a difference in tone. Eager suggests a positive outlook and an enthusiasm about something. Anxious has a slightly negative connotation, implying worry about something. So, you would be eager to get started with your vacation, but would be anxious to get all your … Continue reading

‘little’ or ‘a little’? ‘few’ or ‘a few’?

There is a difference between little and a little and few and a few. Without ‘a,’ little and few have rather negative meanings. Without ‘a,’ they may suggest not as much or many as expected or wished for. Consider this example: The average person has little understanding of global economic issues. (little=not much) Few people … Continue reading

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