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  1. I don't remember what this method was called but basically you put the words in a list and then you read word one, then read word one and two, then read word one and word two and word three, and so on. So it would be like this for a list of words from 1-5: 1 1 2 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 5
  2. Just a general test taking tip but look over the question and if you can't answer it IMMEDIATELY skip to the next one. The SAT gives barely enough time to finish, so finish the ones that you can answer first and go back later IF you have the time.
  3. Sorry about the misconception. When I said four above I meant to include the title one too :speechless:.
  4. I've been told that "pretty" was reserved for the ladies while "handsome" was used for men.
  5. LOL I just had to share this. Also this is the explanation: Because when we read we tend to to skip certain obvious words, so that we can focus more on on the less common words. We recognize them and skip over them so quickly that we don't always notice when there are two of of them. Can you find all four doubles above?
  6. I took the SAT a year ago and I hated studying words that I probably would never use in my life. But my least favorite word is "blandish" because I always mix it up with "brandish." "Blandish" means to persuade with flattery. "Brandish" means to wave one's sword before a battle.
  7. I think words from foreign languages get put into English because English was developed in England but the main point is it's in Europe. It is literally right next to a bunch of other European languages like French from France and Spanish from Spain. Is there a coincidence between that distance between countries? Probably. The phrase I see a lot that gets used in my governmental studies was "coup d'tat," which means a revolt against an established governmental institution.
  8. There are also other ways to use the exclamation point, the above are just two examples of how they can be used. You can use an exclamation in almost any sentence that expresses a lot of emotion. For example: "You stole my bag!" "No, I didn't!" - expressions of anger for an upcoming argument. "Hey!" "Hello!" - salutations from across the room. "OMG! AHHHH!!!" - fan girls who saw their idol. "Woah! You scared me." "Sorry." - expressions of surprise.
  9. "A heart of gold," is the opposite of "a heart of stone" and it means to be nice and benevolent. For example: "He donated a lot to the orphanage. He has a heart of gold." It means he is very caring. "Faint of heart," refers to someone who is very squeamish. For example: "Surgery is not for someone with a faint of heart." "To your heart's content," means as much as you want. For example: "I have a lot of food. Eat to your heart's content."
  10. The five most commonly used forms of "be" are: "am," "is," "are," "was," and "were." They are used with pronouns such as: I, he, she, we, they, them, us, our, and etc. Some people might mix these up with the incorrect pronoun, and to those who are Native English speakers, you probably already know this because it'll sound funny to you if these forms were used incorrectly. Incorrect Usage: "I is five." instead of "I am five." Incorrect Usage: "He were fine." instead of "He was fine." "Am" is used only with the word "I." "I" is a subjective personal pronoun. Correct Usage: "I am the one." or
  11. A very common linking verb that gets used a lot in English is "is." Even I had to use it in that sentence . "Is" is a form of the linking verb "be," which kenthoang28 has listed above. I'll post a new thread for all the forms of "be" and how each one is different. The other forms I'll just list here: "am," "are," "was," and "were."
  12. I just want to throw this in because it relate to the topic. It's basically reiterating what kenthoang28 said. Asking a question involving the word "what" means that the question is usually about a noun. Any kind of noun can be used, many of the examples provided by kenthoang28 are nouns. The ones he uses: Everything that is in bold and underlined is part of the noun classification for English.
  13. I have a quick one, "something smells fishy," refers to the fact that there is some suspicion going around.
  14. I have some to contribute. "As snug as a bug," means to be super cozy and comfortable. "Birds and the bees," refers to the mature talk about sexual intercourse. "Ants in your pants," refers to someone who is very jittery and can't keep still.
  15. Hello, everyone. I speak Cantonese, but don't write or read, nor would I say I'm extremely fluent in this language. However, it was the language I grew up with. Anyways, I just wanted to say that there are many, MANY different dialects of Chinese. The main two and probably the most common would be Mandarin and Cantonese. Mandarin was the original Chinese I believe, used by the nobles and was developed in Northern China. Cantonese was the language of the lower classes and was developed in the South, where the agriculture was mostly based. There are also many other sub-dialects of Mandarin and
  16. I'd say "break a leg" is pretty fun mainly because it's used to replace the phrase "good luck." It's like the total opposite of wishing someone good luck . Although, it's supposed to be related to superstition and how saying "good luck" is actually going to bring bad luck :speechless:.
  17. Hey guys, another lesson here. "I" and "me" are both pronouns referring to yourself. People think it's okay to use them interchangeably which is incorrect. The word "I" is always used as a subject. The word "me" is always used as an object. Correct Usage for "I" : "Jane and I went to the beach." The subject being "Jane and I," "I" is part of the subject. Correct Usage for "me" : "Jane went to the beach with me." The word "me" is used as the object of the preposition. Incorrect Usage for "I" : "Jane went to the beach with I." The word "I" is used as the object of the preposition when "I"
  18. I've been studying Korean for about the last month or two and as such I've picked up some very basic phrases. Please do add more to the list :grin:. An Yong Ha Sae Yo = Good Morning, hello, how are you?, it's basically a general greeting. Mee Ahn Ham Nee Dah = Sorry. Kam Sam Nee Dah = Thank you.
  19. I'd say I'm a pretty fast reader. I've read a little about speed reading and its techniques. So, I've tried incorporating some of those techniques when I read and it does help out a lot. Reading textbooks for school is just a PAIN, speed reading makes it a bit less of an annoyance .
  20. I use LOL almost every other sentence. I have also made it a big habit of doing that... I've been trying to change that habit as of right now when I post on forums where I have to be a bit more formal about the way I type . Otherwise, I'd be talking like this LOL. See there it is again LOL. Oh no, my habit... must resist... LO...L
  21. I remember trying to say tongue twisters as a little kid in elementary with my friends. The ones who could say it had some sort of pride in them LOL. But anyways the ones I knew were: Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. She sells seashells by the seashore. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Then the ones you had to repeat like three times: Unique New York Greek Grapes Toy Boat
  22. I think my first novel was "Holes" by Louis Sachar. I don't remember much about the book and its plot mainly because it got made into a movie. The movie is really what I remember the most actually, sadly... But, all in all, it was the first novel I actually read.
  23. You should try reading The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, and Lord of the Flies. Those were books I read right around your age and I'd say they all give you an introduction to the adult world . Don't want to spoil the books, but do try to find the theme and message those three books try to convey. I'm sure it'll expand your perspective. :grin:
  24. Speaking of cats, cat got your tongue? :grin: It's an idiom to tease those who can't answer back. Like if someone asked your a very difficult math question and you don't know the answer. Then the other person would say, "What's the matter? Cat got your tongue?" because you were quiet.
  25. What a fun topic . I have some too: Never odd or even. Rats live on no evil star. Do geese see God? Murder for a jar of red rum.
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