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  1. Excellent article! I can only imagine people’s frustration with our language as they’re learning it! It is complex, but this article, and the content on your site is very helpful. I especially like the “quiz”, great way to put what is learned into practice.

    • Thanks Tammy,
      I’m glad you liked the article. Yes, it does sometimes get frustrating for English learners but I guess it happens to all language learners no matter the language they are trying to acquire.
      If you know of anyone who might benefit from the site, please refer them to it.
      Thank you and have a great day!

  2. Hi Chris,

    You did a great job with this post, especially the exercise part. You’ve really taken the time to break things down in a fashion that helps people learn the basics of the language.
    I am going to disagree on one fact that English is a complicated language. It really isn’t when compared to some of the other languages. I believe the problem lies in the modern concept of texting and emojis that ruin the integrity of the language.
    Someone needs to educate the masses and I think your site will be helpful in that aspect as well. Great article! Thanks!

    Regards,
    Ahmad

    • Hi Ahmad,
      Thank you for taking the time to visit the site and for your comments. I’m glad you think that the site can be helpful to English learners and English speakers in general.
      I agree with you in that there are languages that are far more complicated to learn than English, however to many English is hard, especially if their native language has a completely different sentence structure or a different alphabet.
      It’s also true that all the texting is hurting the language. Every day more and more native-speakers are starting to forget many English language rules and English teachers are faced with the task of having to re-teach basic grammatical and spelling concepts.

  3. This is a great post! Homophones can get pretty tricky. This is great information for new English learners as well as school age children.

    I especially love the quiz at the end of the lesson. As a homeschool mom, I find your site to be very helpful.

    • Hi Michelle,
      Thank you for your kind comments. The lessons contained within the articles in my site were created for new English learners but can be used by anyone to review concepts they may have forgotten and in the case of children, to reinforce what they learn at school. If you find any part of the lessons or quizzes helpful please feel free to copy and print, and use any or all the material to aid you in teaching your children.

  4. Greetings Chris!

    Indeed feat vs. feet and rain vs reign can be easly mistaken if someone pronounces them without a context. I believe that at question 9 you have two solutions. One is as you said “some oranges” and the other one is “four oranges”. Am I right or am I missing something?

    • Hi Andrei,
      Yes, you are absolutely right instead of ‘some oranges’ you could use ‘four oranges’ and the sentence would still make perfect sense. It would only slightly change the meaning since ‘some oranges’ is more of a general statement in which we don’t know how many oranges there are. If we use ‘four oranges’, of course, we are referring to a specific number.
      Thank you for bringing that to my attention. I’ve added ‘four’ as a possible answer to question 9.

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