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Learn how using these English tips!
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Boost Your Global Career with English!
Here's an insight: Professionals in Latin America fluent in English often see up to a 30% salary increase.
English unlocks international job opportunities and collaborations and is a cornerstone for leadership roles in multinational firms. For today's Latin American tech professionals, English isn't just an advantage—it's essential.
Learn the Rules of English Plural Nouns 💭
Rule #1: Adding -s and -es
Most nouns: add '-s'.
Cat → Cats
👉 For nouns ending in double s, -x, -ch, or –sh: add '-es'’
Brush → Brushes
Dress → Dresses
Rule #2: Handling -y Endings
Nouns with '-y' after a consonant: replace '-y' with '-ies'.
Party → Parties
👉 If a vowel precedes '-y': add '-s'.
Monkey → Monkeys
Rule #3: Dealing with -o Endings
Nouns ending in vowel + '-o': add '-s'.
👉 Video → Videos
With a consonant before '-o': add '-es'.
👉 Potato → Potatoes
Rule #4: Nouns with -f and -fe Endings
Replace '-f' or '-fe' with '-ves'.
Wife → Wives
⚠️ Exceptions exist, e.g., Chef → Chefs.
👉 Nouns ending in '-ff': add '-s'.
Cliff → Cliffs
🤐 Secrets of Business Communication!
Every interaction, from emails to meetings, reflects your professionalism, competence, and dedication.
1. Be Concise and Clear
Cut the fluff. Instead of saying, "I was thinking, like, if maybe we could consider the option of..." opt for: "I suggest we consider...". It’s straightforward and effectively communicates your point.
👉 It’s straightforward and effectively communicates your point.
2. Blend Professionalism with Approachability
Maintain a professional tone but ensure your message feels approachable. Rather than a casual, "Hey pal, you got a moment to chat?", go for:
👉 Finding this balance is key to effective communication.
3. Avoid Jargon When Possible
Complex terms can cloud your message. Instead of saying, "We're experiencing a bottleneck due to the API's latency"” simplify with:
👉 This makes your messages accessible and understood by all.
Remember, effective business communication is about clarity, approachability, and accessibility.
Confused About When to Use “Which” or “That” in Your Sentences? 🤔
Let's simplify the difference between the concepts of restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses.
Rule #1: Restrictive Clause
A restrictive clause narrows down the noun it's modifying.
👉 Here, "that contain soybeans" is a restrictive clause, limiting the products discussed to those with soybeans.
Rule #2: Nonrestrictive Clauses
A nonrestrictive clause adds extra, non-essential info.
👉 The detail "Tom's favorite" is non-restrictive. If removed, the main point remains: soybean baby food products are best for his diet.
"The car that is parked in the driveway belongs to John."
→ The clause "that is parked in the driveway" is restrictive. It specifies which of John's cars we're discussing.
"The blue car, which is parked in the driveway, belongs to John."
→ Here, "which is parked in the driveway" is non-restrictive. It adds detail but isn't essential. Without it, the main idea (John owns the blue car) stays intact.
⚠️ In short, "that" narrows the focus, while "which" adds color without altering the main message.
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