Discover In-Demand English Proficiency for Employers 🌐

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Knowing English is one of the keys to thriving in the digital age as a tech professional. It is the most commonly spoken language in today's business world. While mastering it is valuable in various fields, it is significant for technology professionals.

English proficiency in technology offers significant advantages:

  • Unlock global opportunities with English proficiency: collaborate internationally, tap into diverse markets, and expand your career horizons.

  • Facilitate seamless communication: Fluent English enables global collaboration, fosters innovation, and fuels personal growth through effective knowledge sharing.

  • Empower leadership readiness: Technical English proficiency enhances cross-cultural interactions and enables effective one-on-one communication for confident leadership.

Learn the Power of Persuasion

Studies show that a strong grasp of modal auxiliary verbs, such as "can" and "could," significantly enhances communication abilities by allowing individuals to effectively express abilities, permissions, and explore possibilities.

'Could' as a Modal Auxiliary Verb

"Could" is the past tense of "can" and has additional functions, such as its use in type 2 conditional sentences.

👉 "Could" as the past tense form of "can"

"Yesterday, I could lift 50 pounds, but today I feel weaker"

👉 "Could" in type 2 conditional sentences:

"If I had more time, I could travel around the world."

🤔 What other uses do they have?
  • "Can" and "could" can also express verbs of perception like see, hear, feel, taste, smell, understand, and remember.

"Can you see the light over there?" / "When I entered the room, I could hear something scratching."

  • When we want to command or request something, it's considered more polite to use "could" than "can."

"Do you think you could help me with this case?" / "Could you pass me the salt, please?"

  • If we ask for permission, it's better to use "can" because "could" is not used to give or deny consent.

"Can I borrow your book?

⚖️ How can you make comparisons?

Comparing things in English requires the use of comparative and superlative adjectives. According to linguistic research, approximately 85% of English adjectives can be modified this way.

Comparative Adjective

Comparative adjectives compare two things, showing a higher or lower degree of a specific quality. They can be formed by adding "-er" or using "more" before the adjective.

"The red car is faster than the blue car" / "Sarah is more diligent than her classmates"

Superlative Adjectives

Superlative adjectives indicate the highest degree of quality among three or more things. They are formed by adding "-est" or using "most" before the adjective.

"Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world" / "She is the most talented musician in the orchestra."

Need help with expressing dual choices and exclusions?

Understanding the usage of either/or and neither/or in English can take time and effort. It's essential to know the difference between them. "Either/or" presents a choice between two options, while "neither/nor" negates both possibilities. Let's explore their distinctions together.

Either/or is used when there are two or more possibilities or choices. For example:

"You can either have a slice of pizza or a burger for lunch."

Neither/nor is used to assert that something is false or does not occur among two or more options. For example:

"Neither Tom nor Jerry came to the party."

🤔 What other purposes can they serve?

Either and neither can also be used as adverbs, adjectives, determiners, and pronouns.

  • As adverbs, they connect ideas 👉 "You can either study or relax."

  • As adjectives, they describe something 👉 "Neither book is interesting."

  • As determiners, they indicate a choice or negative statement 👉 "You can choose either cake."

  • As pronouns, they refer to something previously mentioned 👉 "They offered two choices, but neither was appealing."

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