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  • After opening a post, you can:
    • select various categories such as Punctuation or US-UK issues to find related posts
    • select tags to find other items about the same specific topic
    • leave comments (kan ook in het NL, uiteraard)

Scooters and mopeds

A scooter is usually more of a child’s unpowered toy, whereas a moped has a small internal combustion engine.

Twins

A twin is a single person, who happens to have been born alongside another. That’s different from Dutch, in which “a twin” refers to the identical twosome.

Nicknames

A nickname isn’t a preferred short, alternative or familiar form of the actual name on youur passport. It may be mean and unkind, unrelated to the actual name, or even offensive.

When isn’t it -ize?

When you’re using the -ize spelling rather than -ise, there are some words that retain the -ise ending nevertheless. How can you tell?

Get real

A very versatile verb that native English uses a great deal but is often forgotten about by non-natives: to get.

An existential question

Casually noting that something is present in English just uses the verb “to be”, whereas “to exist” is reserved for more positive assertions.

Zwarte Piet

No matter what your personal take is on Black Peter, be aware that Brits and Americans are liable to see him as an offensive racial stereotype.

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