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90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



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suffix -’s pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    used with nouns for showing who or what something belongs to

    I’ve never met Andy’s wife.

    The dog’s leg was badly cut.

    1. a.
      used with nouns to show a connection or relationship

      Phil’s work (=the work he does)

      the evening’s activities (=activities that happen in the evening)

  2. 2
    used for talking about the home of a particular person

    We all went back to Alan’s for lunch.

  3. 3
    used for talking about some types of shops

    He gets most of their meat at the butcher’s.


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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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