Category: English Language

demonstrate and illustrate

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show or make something clearer (or more interesting) by using pictures, diagrams or examples.


This diagram illustrates the position of the body’s main organs.

The speaker illustrated his point with an amusing anecdote/example/story.

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kind, sort, and type

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Very often it makes no difference which of these English words we use. But there are some subtle differences, and occasionally only one of the words is correct. For example, it would be wrong to use ‘sort’ or ‘kind’ in …

historic and historical

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It was a historic moment. = an important moment in history.

It is a historical novel. = a novel about history.

Compare ‘a historic event’ (an event that changed history) and ‘a historical event’ (such as a parade in historical costumes)

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