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Know Your English – The Hindu (Jun 26, 2017)

Know Your English – The Hindu (Jun 26, 2017) Is the word ‘topper’ used only by Indians? (K Nandini, Mysore) No, it isn’t. The word ‘topper’ is listed in all standard dictionaries, but the meaning that we Indians have given … Continue reading

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Know Your English – The Hindu (Jun 19, 2017)

Know Your English – The Hindu (Jun 19, 2017) “You look extremely tired and grumpy. Why don’t you take a few days off?” “No chance! My boss won’t grant me leave even if I ask for it. For further reading, … Continue reading

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Know Your English – The Hindu (Jun 12, 2017)

Know Your English – The Hindu (Jun 12, 2017) How is the word ‘robot’ pronounced? (Samuel Lawrence, Madurai) The first syllable rhymes with ‘so’, ‘no’ and ‘go’, and the second with….. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. This preview is provided … Continue reading

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Know Your English – The Hindu (Apr 16, 2017)

Know Your English – The Hindu (Apr 16, 2017) If you are a student, can you use the word ‘colleague’ to refer to a fellow student? (C Sandhya, Chennai) First, let us deal with the pronunciation of this word. For … Continue reading

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Know Your English – The Hindu (Apr 10, 2017)

Know Your English – The Hindu (Apr 10, 2017) “Sorry I’m late. The traffic was really bad today, and I had a horrible time trying to…” “No need to explain. Tried reading this book I found on your table, and … Continue reading

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Know Your English – The Hindu (Feb 28, 2017)

Know Your English – The Hindu (Feb 28, 2017) “Sorry I’m late. But I had to go to Vikram’s place to drop something off. His mother gave me some nice and hot idlis. They were really good.” For further reading, … Continue reading

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Know Your English – The Hindu (Feb 19, 2017)

Know Your English – The Hindu (Feb 19, 2017) What is the meaning of ‘mansplaining’? (KS Nitya, Vellore) ‘Mansplaining’ is a relatively new word; it is a combination of ‘man’ and ‘explaining’. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. This preview … Continue reading

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Know Your English – The Hindu (Feb 12, 2017)

Know Your English – The Hindu (Feb 12, 2017) “I have a surprise for you. Here’s the novel that you’ve been dying to read. I got it…” “I have a surprise for you! I managed to read the novel a … Continue reading

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Know Your English – The Hindu (Feb 06, 2017)

Know Your English – The Hindu (Feb 06, 2017) What’s the difference between ‘burgle’ and ‘steal’? (SV Muthuraman, Chennai) In both cases, you are losing something that belongs to you without any threat of violence. For further reading, visit “The … Continue reading

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Know Your English – The Hindu (Jan 29, 2017)

Know Your English – The Hindu (Jan 29, 2017) “Haven’t seen you in a while. Come on in!” “You always keep saying ‘come on in’. Tell me, is there a difference between ‘come on in’ and ‘come in’?” For further … Continue reading

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