“Different from/than/to” in English

What preposition should we use in English after the adjective “different”, e.g. in the sentence “My car is different from/than/to your car?” Fortunately, there is no difference in meaning – “different from”, “different than” and “different to” mean the same thing. The difference, however, is in what parts of the world and how often each […]

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“Dove” or “Dived”

The verb “dive” has both an irregular and regular form. You can use both and both are correct. Speakers in North America use dove while the British seem to prefer dived. Dove or Dived? “Dived” is the traditional past tense and past participle of “to dive,” but “dove” has crept in over the last two centuries — particularly […]

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Fell a Tree

ne look at the title, and you may say: “Hey, that’s incorrect!” Yesterday, a friend of mine saw an advertisement that read: “A termite can fell a tree“, and criticised that it’s grammatically wrong to say “can fell“. She said that it should be “can fall“. I disagreed with her. Here’s the reason: “fell” can […]

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