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After the success of Real Grammar – a series where we discussed 10 grammar topics that people are often uncertain about – we are now opening up the debate with Real Vocabulary.
As part of this Real Vocabulary series, we are welcoming Scott Thornbury, author of An A-Z of ELT, Beyond the Sentence and Uncovering Grammar. In his 10-part video collection, he will discuss common misconceptions about certain vocabulary questions, such as “When do you say awesome” and “Can you grow a company?”. In these videos, Scott will explain whether these usages are acceptable.
Over on the blog, Editor-in-Chief Michael Rundell will follow up each video with a post about a similar topic, explaining which vocabulary ‘rules’ should be followed – or ignored.
Scroll down to watch the first videos and read the accompanying blog post. There is also a classroom poster with 10 quiz items about grammar and vocabulary which you can download from our resources page. Or try our full vocabulary quiz below… if you dare!
In this video, Scott Thornbury introduces Real Vocabulary and explains what this new series will be about.
In this video, Scott explains what the word awesome means – and in what situations you can use this expression.
In this video, Scott explains in which ways you can ask for a coffee. Is “Can I get a coffee” incorrect?
In this video, Scott Thornbury talks about the meaning of ‘disinterested’. Can this word be used as a synonym for ‘uninterested’?
In this video, Scott Thornbury talks about the verb ‘grow’. Can you ‘grow’ a company?
In this video, Scott Thornbury talks about the verb comprise and how it can be used. Can you say that something is comprised of other things?
In this video, Scott Thornbury talks about the verb decimate and how it is used in today’s speech. He also discussed the etymological fallacy.
In this video, Scott Thornbury talks about the word transpire: it has three different meanings, but one of these is considered by some to be controversial.
In this video, Scott Thornbury talks about the word data: should it be followed by a singular or plural verb? Scott Thornbury has the answer!
"[This] meaning is not current throughout the English-speaking world. It is characteristic of American English and there is little evidence of it being used more widely."
In this video, Scott Thornbury talks about when to use less and when to use fewer: what’s the difference and is there a simple rule?