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This course is only €30, including back up from a tutor!
Click Brush Up Your English! to go to the course!

Brush up your grammar!

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I’m really excited to announce my new teaching platform. It’s called MCP English and Skills Academy and the first course, English – Brush Up Your Grammar has just gone live!

The course contains five lessons focusing on articles, five main verb forms, time and place prepositions and, of course, punctuation. It also has full audio support, so you can listen as you learn and get that pronunciation right!

Many other courses are in the pipeline, but in the meantime Brush Up Your Grammar!

Get your English web pages checked!

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Low prices continue for 2017!

Get your English language web-pages and documents checked – and look good out there!

Proofreading for English is still only £25 (€30) per thousand words of original text!

English Verb Tenses – The Basic Four

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This is the first of many posts on Basic Business English.

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A huge amount of international business goes on in English, and most of you don’t have English as your first language. The result can be confusion and misunderstandings. I also understand that most of you who use English as a common language in business don’t have the time or energy to keep on studying. So, to help you out, I am going to teach you to write clear, basic English that your non-native reader will thank you for.

In this post I am going to focus on verbs. How many verb forms are there in English? Estimates vary between 12 and 41! It depends on how you look at them. But you can manage with just four. I’ll show you how. You only need:

  • one for now
  • one for the past
  • one for the future
  • one for generalities

1. Talking about what is happening now
(using the present continuous)

I am attaching a photo of the damaged part.
We are checking the progress of your order.
The repair engineer is driving to your factory right now.
I am writing the report.

2. Talking about what happened in the past
(using the past simple tense)

We launched three new products last month.
Sales increased by 15% during the first quarter.
We dispatched a replacement part by courier this morning.
I met the client yesterday and he seemed very interested.

3. Talking about what will happen in the future
(using will + present simple)

We will launch three new products next month.
The new ad campaign will increase sales.
We will check the faulty part and will send a replacement by courier.
The new system will increase productivity by at least 20%.

4. Talking about things that happen often.
(using the present simple)

We launch three new products every month.
We review the effectiveness of our ad campaigns every week.
We check faulty parts and send replacements within 24 hours.
We continually improve productivity.

Of course, if you are comfortable using other verb forms also, then go ahead, but you don’t actually need them. You can get by very well with just these four – and not sound like Tarzan!

25,000 hits! Thank you!

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Some time last night Malcolm’s English Pages received the hits that tipped the counter over 25,000. Here’s a big free-gift “thank you” to all my readers who have made it all seem so worthwhile.

For one week only (until 15th September) you can get my three eBooks absolutely free!
“How to Create and Deliver a Great Presentation”
“How to Write Great Emails”
“How to Write Great Instructions”

Just add your email address to the form below and I’ll send them to you. NOTE: I guarantee that your email address will be used for no other purpose, and shared with no other persons.

Finland returns to work

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Autumn
Well, the summer break in Finland is pretty much over and autumn is just around the corner. The kids have gone back to school and everybody has had the chance to catch up with their emails. Now is the time to get your English language web pages and other assorted documentation checked for perfect spelling, grammar and style. It’s so important to look good out there in the international market.

We offer extremely cost-effective and professional copy-editing and proofreading services at a budget €30 per thousand words of original text. You know it makes sense.

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We are open for business the whole summer!

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Do you need an English text or web-page checked in a hurry?

Do you want to make yourself and your company look good while the boss is on holiday?

We offer reliable and cost-effective proofreading services – and we are not on holiday.

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