Grammar in writing- When to use the active and passive voice

We have another post for you this week! It’s all about the active and passive voice and when to use it.

First of all, the active voice is common in many of the world’s languages, including English and Bahasa Malaysia. You are using the active voice when you describe a subject performing an action (verb). It’s straightforward and easy to understand.

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The truth about “revert”

If you’re a Malaysian, it’s likely that you’ve heard or read the word “revert” to mean “reply”. It’s widely used in verbal and email communication here in our country.

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“Affect” vs “Effect”

It’s been several weeks since we’ve posted a new blog post! The team has been busy with releasing lessons for our online course, Communicate with Confidence, but I’ve found some time in between to write to you.

In today’s post, I’m going to address the difference between “affect” and “effect”. When you’re speaking, it wouldn’t be much of a problem because they sound almost the same.

But when it comes to writing, it’s easy to get the two confused.

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Is it “food” or “foods”?

Earlier today (as of writing this post), I posted an update on my Facebook profile. I asked my friends to share their ideas of what I could write about on our blog.

Sure enough, several people replied and one of my friends asked us to write about countable and uncountable nouns. She mentioned that she’s heard people say and write “foods”, “informations”, “seafoods” and it’s getting her confused.

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Sounding polite in difficult situations

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In a professional setting, sounding polite is important. But because English is our second language, we may be unaware that some of the sentences we say to people can come across as rude or too direct. Naturally, we would want to maintain good relationships at work with our superiors, colleagues, clients or customers.

So I’m going to share with you several ways that you can sound polite in a professional setting.  The first part talks about how you can ask questions politely. The second is how to ask for help without making it sound like an order. Then we’ll talk about how to point out mistakes and lastly how to express disagreement without offending the other person.

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How to look and sound more confident

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We’ve been getting a lot of emails from our subscribers, telling us that their biggest problem in speaking and communicating in English is that they lack the confidence.

To me, confidence is a state of mind – and having to change your state of mind is harder than it sounds. Confidence is believing in your abilities and not worrying about being embarrassed or making mistakes.

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The difference between “hear” and “listen”

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Several weeks ago we received an email from Anis, asking us the difference between “hear” and “listen”.  So I thought this would be a good idea for a blog post, as many can benefit from this.

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Are you an introvert? This one’s for you.

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Are you an introvert or an extrovert? If you’re not familiar with these terms, let me summarise them for you. Extroverts find energy from interaction with other human beings, prefer to think out loud and enjoy being in vibrant surroundings. Introverts find energy when they are alone, prefer to think before expressing their opinions and enjoy quiet surroundings. Here’s a quiz for you to find out whether you’re an introvert, extrovert or an ambivert (which is a combination of both).

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The difference between “lend” and “borrow”

Not too long ago, my family and I were at our favourite restaurant to have our usual weekend brunch. The place is usually packed with customers, so sometimes it would take a few minutes or so to find an empty table.

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How to read more books

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When I was a kid, I used to love reading. Back in primary school, we had these clear plastic pouches where our teachers would put in a different book each day for us to read at home. I’d rush home and make my mum read a book with me every night.

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