• Students often struggle to use "recently" and "nowadays" properly in their writing. Here's a quick guide to the proper usage. The Basics Use "nowadays" to talk about the state of the world, as in: "Nowadays, a lot of people choose to attend university." Use "recently" to talk about a specific event which happened in the recent past, as in: "My husband recently... more

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  • When writing in English, do not use "hardly" to indicate infrequency. For example, you cannot write "I hardly made new friends at university" to say that you didn't often make new friends. To indicate this you should use "rarely." For example, you should write: "I rarely made new friends at university." However, you can use "hardly EVER" to indicate frequency. This means... more

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  • When writing your essays, remember that we don't usually use the definite article ("the") before "society." For example, we never say something like: "Because the society is so complex, people are busier than ever." Instead, we just say: "Because society is so complex, people are busier than ever." An exception is when you are talking about a specific society. We do sometimes... more

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