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Much, Many, Most-Grammar Tips

The word 'much' is used to say about things that you cannot count.
e.g. I have much work to do.
 Much, papers have been issued in this regard.

The word "many" can be used for things that you can count.
e.g.: Many runs where scored by hm.

The word 'many' is often used just before the words 'of' the', as in:
Many of the players came from our country.
many of the cars were red in colour.

The word 'most' can be used as a superlative ( words that stand for the best in a category, like: greatest, tallest, etc)
The most effective way to score more runs, is by hitting the ball harder.

The two words 'many' and 'most' can be used in the sense of percentage of a total. Look at the example:
Many of the players came from our country. (around 60% of the players were from our country)
Most of the players came from our country. (around 80% of the players were from our country)

You can also say:
Almost all of the players were from our cou…

What is the difference between 'born' and 'borne'?

Both the words 'born' as well as 'borne' are the past participle of the words bear.

We usually hear the word 'born' as in the sentence: He was born on 17th February.
In most cases that refer to giving a birth to a child, we use the word 'born'.

The word 'borne' is used more like the words 'carry'. Example:
Cholera is a waterborne disease. Here the word 'borne' is used to mean: 'to carry'. In this particular sentence, this word means that the disease is carried by water.

Take another example: He became a pilot borne out of his childhood fantasy.
Now, to clarify the meaning further, I have made a sentence which uses both the word forms:

The child was born after he was borne by his mother for nine months.

Author: Jims Varkey
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The difference between people who follow good grammar and those who do not!

What is the difference between either or and neither nor?

The usage either …or…is used to express the fact that the speaker wants to choose between the two.

Here are two examples:
• I want either some coffee or tea.
• I like either that red dress or the blue one.

Some people use “either... or” in a negative way like the following:
• I don’t like either her aunt or her mother.
In sentences like these, it is better neither …nor

The same phrase can be used to make someone obey your commands.
 • You should either switch off the mobile or stop the vehicle.
 • She said: “Anna, either reduce the volume, or stop it altogether.”

Neither nor is used in a negative context. Use this expression when you do not want both the choice.
• I want neither coffee nor tea.
 • I like neither the red dress nor the blue one.

The same phrase can be used to mean that the person do not wish to obey a command.
• I will neither switch off my mobile phone, nor will I stop driving.
 • “Neither will I reduce the volume, nor will I stop playing it.” replied Anna.

Remember n…

IELTS Cue Card-Visiting a Park

An IELTS cue card is a prompt given to the candidates of IELTS, so that they can speak on the topic presented to them. It also gives hints to describe the topic in detail.

Author: Jims Varkey
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IELTS Cue Cards-Childhood

What are cue cards?
A cue card is like a prompt given for IELTS exam. It will usually describe a routine activity, and you will be asked to speak about it using the suggestions given in the card. Your performance is evaluated based on how clearly and fluently you say it.
Here is a cue card for you to practice:

Author: Jims Varkey
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