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 Naslov: Re: Improve your English
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For the good peeps who are working hard on improving their English, I've only recently found out about a fantastic resource:

https://books.google.com/ngrams/info

The Ngram search allows you to search the entire digitised collection of works on Google Books (around 25 million books written between 1800 and 2008). So, if you are unsure of a particular phrase or a word, follow the instructions above to see the appropriate usage over time. This should work a lot better than simple Google web searches which will give you plenty of spurious website matches not authored by great practitioners of English, but rather by a 17 year old intern managing a website CMS. You can also see trends over time, which might stop you from using archaic terms.

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Could you give an example of a few archaic terms? I want to see if i'm using them. If it's not to much of a hassle, I wont get offended if you find it tedious to point them out.


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Nothing off the top of my head, I've got writer's block...it really depends on how dated the dictionaries/textbooks are that people are using to learn from. As a rule, they will always be way too formal and robotic for everyday usage.

Actually, the classic which comes to mind (which I remember from most dictionaries) is "How do you do?" The only correct answer to that is, WTF, are you impersonating Clark Gable or something?

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 Naslov: Re: Improve your English
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"How are you doing?" replaced that phrase if I'm not mistaken. But I didn't know that "How do you do?" is something grandad would say, that's new information for me. Thanks.


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 Naslov: Re: Improve your English
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I often say "How do you do?". I know nobody uses it much nowadays, but I intentionally want to sound polite and catch attention. :zubati

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Lol nobody under 50 uses that anymore. And virtually nobody in English speaking countries.


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Lol nobody under 50 uses that anymore. And virtually nobody in English speaking countries.


It's pretty much in all English learning materials, so... Yes they do use it. It's standard English. Nobody expects you to be a slang master, but that's just our Balkan thing.

We have to know it all.

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