Successful Negotiation in English

One fundamental skill to have in the world of business and other environments is certainly negotiation. In our global and intercultural world, considerable adaptation skills, diplomacy, conversational skills, and a good dose of cold blood ...

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10 Animal inspired English idioms

What’s new, everybody? At ABA we are all great and have been working hard to make sure you have as much material as you can to continuously improve your English. As we all know, the ...

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Past simple of “to have to”

“Must” has no past form, so we generally use the past form of “to have to” to refer to past obligations or strong necessities. Let’s take a look at some examples, shall we? She had ...

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How to ask for a payrise

Asking your boss or superior for a pay rise is an idea which fills most of us with dread. It’s a very delicate matter and you never know whether you will achieve your aim in ...

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Conditional sentences with modal verbs

We are going to look at conditional sentences using the modals “can”, “must”, “may” and “might”, instead of “will.” The conditional used with these modal verbs is usually the first conditional. Its purpose is to ...

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Nature idioms in English

Good morning everyone! So, as we all know, English is a rich language which is full of idiomatic expressions. These are sentences that have a specific meaning which cannot be translated literally to other languages. ...

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Interrogative words when and why

Interrogative words “when” and “why”

Why are you learning English? When did you start? These two “question words” or interrogative pronouns are used when forming questions in English, especially when we want to find out information “When” & “why” in ...

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An introduction to sentence connectors

Introduction to sentence connectors

Sentence Connectors are a great way of improving your English. Why? Well, we use them to express relationships between ideas and to combine sentences. Today we are going to look at coordinating conjunctions. I just ...

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How to speak like a South African

Hello ABA friends! Have you heard about South Africa? No, not the south of Africa, South Africa, a country located at the very southern tip of the continent. Well, there are about 5 million people ...

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How to fit in at a British pub

Hey everyone! As you know, the British, like most nations, take their culture very seriously and a massive part of that is the pub culture. This is an integral part of British society as it ...

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5 Hidden American gems

What’s up? When we think about the United States, what tends to spring to mind? New York? Los Angeles? Las Vegas? Probably one of these or perhaps the Statue of Liberty or the Grand Canyon. ...

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Present perfect continuous

A very important tense used in English is the “present perfect continuous” tense. By now you should all know how to use the “present perfect” tense which was studied in unit 85 of the ABA ...

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Top 10 phrasal verbs with “take”

We all know and love phrasal verbs, don’t we? The only tricky thing for a non-native speaker is using them in the correct way and understanding their meanings. There are thousands of different phrasal verbs ...

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