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Next next week?

Somebody at work keeps using the phrase next next week to refer to the week after next. This made me curious. Is “next next” actually correct English? From my search through online discussions by native speakers, it appears that it is not a generally accepted or even very popular expression. Although there is an entry

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Lecture vs. course

The words lecture and course are both used in connection with education. Consulting the Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries, we have lecture = a talk that is given to a group of people to teach them about a particular subject and course = a series of lessons or lectures on a particular subject. Especially German native speakers

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The singular they

The English language makes it relatively easy to write in a gender-neutral way because nouns in general do not have a gender; a gender is only specified when referring to people or animals. Hence, there is only one indefinite article (the) and two definite articles (a or an, see here). Compare this to German, where

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How vs. What

Today I want to address a mistake that is very common among non-native speakers, namely the confusion of how and what … like in forming questions. While I always had a reasonably good intuition when to use which, I learned that there is actually some logic behind it. According to my trusted book Practical English

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To treat vs. to invite

Inspired by a recent stay in a hotel (see picture), let me point out a subtle but important difference in meaning between the verbs treat and invite. The situation is made even trickier by the fact that other languages (in particular German) do not have this distinction. Consider the following two sentences: (1) I would

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