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by heart - to memorize something completely and accurately (a poem, a set of words, numbers, facts, etc.)

Their little child knows the long, popular poem by heart.

The students had to learn all new words from the lesson by heart.

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The ancient Egyptians thought that all major organs in the body (including the heart), possess their own independent will and are capable of moving around inside the body. They also believed that the heart, rather than the brain, was the source of human wisdom as well as emotions and the personality.


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Common Errors in English

Heart, Hearth, or Hart

1. heart [ha:t](n) – (1) the main muscular organ located in the chest that pumps the blood and makes it flow through the body; (2) spirit; mind; (3) the core, the essential part of something; the central area of a large region

1. Although my grandmother has a heart-disease she is still a very active old lady. And she often tells me: "Never lose heart!" (lose heart=lose courage)
2. The last picture you have painted is amazing! It seems that you have put your heart in it.
3. Several years ago Mike emigrated to Australia. But the homeland is always in his heart.
4. Deborah is working on a new project now but her heart isn't in it. (her heart isn't in it=not be enthusiastic)
5. At the beginning Stewart refused to lend me the antique book but finally he had a change of heart. (a change of heart=change decision)
6. I always trust my parents. I know that they have my interest at heart.
7. The favourite place for our family is the living-room. It is the heart of our home.
8. The hotel is located right in the heart of one of the most visited resorts on the island.

2. hearth [ha:] (n) – (1) a brick, stone, or concrete zone in front of the fireplace; the floor of the fireplace; (2) fireplace; (3) the home itself as a symbol of comfort and security

1. When I entered the room, he was standing and watching the burning fire in the hearth.
2. Our village house has a spacious living-room with a large oak table and a big hearth.
3. Last year Jane finished a high school and left hearth and home to continue her education abroad.

3. hart [ha:t] (n) – a male, red deer (especially adult over five years old)

1. Suddenly, the hunter decided not to shoot at the running hart.
2. While we were walking through the forest we saw a deer and a hart.


Common Errors in English

English Grammar and Writing Tips

Using "Too", Also", "As Well" Correctly
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We use "too", "also" and "as well" to give more information about someone or something.

Also

We put "also" immediately in front of a verb unless the verb is "to be":

My mother cleaned the rooms and also washed the windows. (correct)
My mother cleaned the rooms and washed also the windows. (incorrect!)

Alice has a lot of friends and she often goes to parties. She also likes jogging and swimming. (correct)
Alice has a lot of friends and she often goes to parties. She likes also jogging and swimming. (incorrect!)

James went back to his home town last month. He did things he hadn't done in a long time and he also saw people he hadn't seen in years. (correct)
James went back to his home town last month. He did things he hadn't done in a long time and he saw also people he hadn't seen in years. (incorrect!)

I'm really busy today. I have to clean my apartment and I also have to wash my car. (correct)
I'm really busy today. I have to clean my apartment and I have to also wash my car. (incorrect!)

When the verb is "to be" we put "also" after it:

Kate is a very nice person. She is smart and talented. She is also very polite and friendly. (correct)
Kate is a very nice person. She also is very polite and friendly. (incorrect!)

After work Janet was really tired. She was also very hungry. (correct)
After work Janet was really tired. She also was very hungry. (incorrect!)

If there is an auxiliary in the sentence "also" goes after the auxiliary. When in the sentence there are more than one auxiliary we put "also" after the first one.

Our little son returned from the supermarket yesterday and was very upset. He had bought some apples an oranges. He had also bought a bottle of milk and a little ice-cream. And he couldn't believe that he had spent all his money. (correct)
Our little son returned from the supermarket yesterday and was very upset. He had bought some apples an oranges. He also had bought a bottle of milk and a little ice-cream. (incorrect!) And he couldn't believe that he had spent all his money.

Note that "also" is sometimes put at the beginning of the sentence but never at the end of the sentence:

Betty wasn't prepared for her English essay yesterday. She made a lot of mistakes. Also, she used several words incorrectly.(correct)
Betty wasn't prepared for her English essay yesterday. She made a lot of mistakes. She used several words incorrectly, also. (incorrect!)

Too

We use "too" as an adverb or a sub-modifier to indicate that something applies to or includes someone or something else. We usually put "too" at the end of the sentence. For example:

Jane likes apples and oranges. Her brother likes them, too. (correct)
Jane likes apples and oranges. Her brother too likes them. (incorrect!)

Tina is a good dancer. Her boyfriend is a good dancer, too. (In this case it is also possible to say "Her boyfriend too is a dancer.") (correct)

Peter is a talented painter. His wife is a painter, too. (In this case it is also possible to say "His wife too is a painter.") (correct)

We've just returned home from an exhausting trip. My husband and I are so tired. Our children are tired, too. (correct)

The advantage of doing exercises in pair or in groups is that student are more active: they talk more and they do more thinking too. (correct)

As well

We always put "as well" at the end of the sentence:

Kate is very good at learning languages. She speaks excellent English and Spanish, and she knows Italian as well. (correct)

James and his girlfriend often go to the cinema. They love going to the concerts as well. (correct)

Remember that we use "also", "too" and "as well" in affirmative sentences. In negative sentences we use "either":

Robert didn't pass the examination yesterday. His schoolmate Tom didn't pass it, either. (correct)
Sue hasn't read this book. Her best friend Judy hasn't read it, either. (correct)

English Grammar and Writing Tips


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Once there was a millionaire who had a collection of live alligators. He kept them in a pool at the back of his mansion. The millionaire also had a beautiful daughter who was single. One day, he decides to throw a huge party. During the party he announces, "My dear guests, I have a proposition to every man here. I will give one million dollars or my daughter to the man who can swim across this pool full of alligators and emerge unharmed!" As soon as he finishes his last word, there is the sound of a large splash. The guests all turn to see a man in the pool swimming as fast as he can. They cheer him on as he keeps stroking. Finally, the swimming man makes it to the other side unharmed. The millionaire is so impressed, e says, "My boy, that was incredible! Fantastic! I didn't think it could be done! Well, I must keep my end of the bargain. Which do you want, my daughter or the one million dollars?" The man says, "Listen, I don't want your money. I don't want your daughter, either. I want the person who pushed me in that water!"
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