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Grammar Mailbox- Issue 6

This Week’s Grammar Mailbox question is: Lay or lie?   Lay, as a transitive verb (vt), means to put or place. It takes a direct object. Lie, as an intransitive verb (vi), means toRead More...
By : Benjamin Chadwick | Oct 20, 2017
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Grammar Mailbox- Issue 5

This Week’s Grammar Mailbox question is: Fewer or Less?   Use fewer when referring to COUNTABLE nouns in the plural. e.g. Fewer students are choosing language-related subjects nowadays.   Use less when referring to UNCOUNTABLE nouns or nouns thatRead More...
By : Benjamin Chadwick | Oct 13, 2017
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Grammar Mailbox- Issue 4

This Week’s Grammar Mailbox question is: What is wrong with this sentence? “Everyone came to our Christmas party and brought their favourite cake.”   The problem is related to singular indefinite pronouns TheRead More...
By : Benjamin Chadwick | Oct 6, 2017
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Grammar Mailbox- Issue 3

This Week’s Grammar Mailbox question is: How does affect differ from effect?   The answer is actually fairly straightforward. Affect is a verb that means “to influence.” Though effect can be a verbRead More...
By : Benjamin Chadwick | Sep 29, 2017
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Grammar Mailbox- Issue 2

This Week’s Grammar Mailbox question is: What are some of the most commonly misspelt words in English?   Hurray for auto spell-checkers! Still, over-reliance on such tools may cause us to lose the fundamentalRead More...
By : Benjamin Chadwick | Sep 22, 2017
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Shax Theatre Group Recruitment for Shakespeare Plays

The English Language Centre has previously worked together with members of Shax Theatre Group, based at the Unversity of Hong Kong. They have recently been in touch with us to ask ifRead More...
By : Benjamin Chadwick | Sep 19, 2017
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Grammar Mailbox

This Week’s Grammar Mailbox question is: What is the difference between “some day” and “someday”? Some day? Someday? “Someday”, an adverb, refers to an unspecified time in the future. E.g. Someday, I willRead More...
By : Benjamin Chadwick | Sep 15, 2017
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How to Book an Appointment at the ELC

One of the key features of our new website is that it provides you with the ability to book consultation appointments online. We provide a valuable service to students in the formRead More...
By : Benjamin Chadwick | Sep 4, 2017
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New ELC Website

The English Language Centre has updated its website. With a fresh, user-friendly design and all-new content, we hope you will make good use of this fantastic resource throughout your time at HSMCRead More...
By : Benjamin Chadwick | Aug 3, 2017
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Intercultural Summer Camp- July 2017

The English Language Centre hosted a summer camp for 12 visiting high school students from Mainland China. The aim of the camp was to introduce students to Hong Kong culture and enhanceRead More...
By : Benjamin Chadwick | Aug 2, 2017
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