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Homophones are words that have the same pronunciation but are spelt differently, and have different meanings.
For example, “access” and “excess” are read the same way, but take note of their different spellings. While the spellings of some pairs of homophones are easy to remember, some of them do get us confused. As you read the pairs of homophones below, try to put them to memory so that you will know which one to use when you’re writing your essays (or maybe even your text messages!).
It’s vs Its
It’s: this is a contraction - it is
Its: this is a possessive pronoun
Who’s: this is a contraction - who is
Whose: this is a possessive pronoun
Unsure as to when you should spell the word with ‘ie’ or ‘ei’? Read this guide to clear up any confusion!
The general rule is that in words where i and e are next to each other,
i will always appear before e unless the preceding letter is c : i before e except after c.
Note the following examples:
ei (after ‘c’)
However, this rule only applies when the sound represented is ‘ee’.
It does not apply to the following words, where the sound represented is not ‘ee’:
How to support your child during the stressful exam season
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1. Unpack key terms in the question
Before delving into the actual essay-writing, take a few minutes to examine the question and dissect it. Single out the key terms in the question and try to unpack them by pinning down a definition for each key term. Once you’ve done that, figure out how you can link and synthesize all of them to come up with your points of argument and points
iThink 20/21, p. 18-19
In our last post, we discussed how a good personal recount essay looks like. In this post, let us now turn to a model expository essay. From the very beginning, we can see how the writer starts off with an interesting and relevant quote to hook readers into reading on. Further, we can see that her three points of argument are very clearly signposted with the following: “To begin”, “In addition”, and “Finally”. Such explicit and direct signposting helps readers follow the flow of the essay easily and informs them of what to expect. Within her paragraphs as well is a very cle
Inspire 19, p. 17-18
With the exam season nearing, let's take a look at a personal recount essay from a previous issue of Inspire magazine. This essay effectively uses the three-act narrative structure by identifying a problem (or inciting incident), vividly describing the rising action leading to the climax, and finally, nicely resolving the story. The next time you're planning out a
Singapore, September 23, 2019: S P Jain Global’s flagship Global MBA program climbed four places to be ranked #12 in the world in Forbes’ latest ranking of the world’s top 1-year international MBA programs, ahead of Hong Kong University, HEC Montreal, Erasmus (Rotterdam), Cass and Hult.
Forbes’ biennial ranking of the world’s best 1-year and 2-year international MBA programs is based solely on the return on investment achieved by business school graduates. This year, the Forbes ranking compared the earnings of the Class of 2014 in their first five years post-MBA. S P Jain’s Class of 2014 reported a net gain of USD 61,300, even higher than the 2-year MBA programs of NYU, USC, Georgia Tech, UNSW Business School, Schulich School of Business, Penn State and other top international busi