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If you are studying English at university and need to write assignments, essays, etc., then these pages can help!

The discipline of English is the academic study of the English language and literature produced in it. This often involves analysis of different genres of written texts produced in English, but also includes the practice of writing, the study of linguistics, as well as the history and teaching of the language.

To write assignments when you're studying English, the first thing you need to know is the vocabulary. We've analysed high-scoring student assignments to find the words that are used most often. For exercises about vocabulary related to English go to this page:

English Vocabulary

Secondly, and most importantly, you will need to learn how to write certain types of assignments ('genres'). In English, you will probably mostly write essays, where you make a coherent argument and employ critical thinking skills. 

This genre has an individual style you will need to learn. If you're short of time, you can go directly to the pages about essays, but we recommend you start at the beginning of 'Writing for a Purpose' and work through all of it. 

If you read all the materials, you'll be better able to identify what sort of assignment you have to write – your tutor usually won't tell you. Also, not all English courses are the same and they might include assignments that aren't essays.


"If an agreement executed for service or for performance of work in any estate whether held by one person or by more persons than one as co-owners and whether in one or more blocks and situated in assam where the advance given under such agreement does not exceed one thousand rupees"
In the above sentence "executed for service or for performance of work in any estate" whether "service" and "performance of work" both are used in relation to the "estate" or only "performance of work" is used in relation to the "estate" and "service" is independent"
Please answer me with specific rules.

Hello chandersheel,

It is not clear from the text. I think the most likely interpretation is that 'in any estate' refers to both 'service' and 'performance...', but it is ambiguous. As this is a contract you should contact the person issuing the contract and ask for clarification.



The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks peter !!

hello i have to write article of spare times and i hope someone correct my mistakes and give me a rate to improve my English language the article is following :
Spare times in our lives are ignored and many people lost them according to the busy lifestyle they have lived.Those are reported in
a lot of newspapers and websites survies by taking a large samples of people in several ages in many countries that appeared the people's free time are distracted by social media like facebook , instegram ,twitter and TV shows which interrupted our lives by using easily applications on mobile phones .However, free times could a value to our lives by taking a new experience in something like learning a new language or making post degrees to devolop our careers even so practicing a new sport. Acually, there are forgotten many habits in our childhood , that we can come them back to use this free time like reading or excersies or hanging out every weekend with our families or old friends . Obviously the useful spare time can make over your life forever and make a good opportunists to innovation and create new goals to achieve this is broken your cyclical to be changeable and activable . Personally , I have spent my spare time with reading books and tried to writing short stories and improving my habit of writing .In my opinion time is a fast wheel we have to catch it and use it well .

Helklo AsmaaMohsenAzmy,

Thank you for your comment. I like the last line especially, with the comment about the wheel. Is this an idiom from your own language?

We don't correct comments posted on the site, I'm afraid. We have many thousands of users and it is simply not possible for our small team to do this. We do read every comment, however, and answer where we can.



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everybody?

how can i know whether am using American English or Birish English when am writing mails .

Hello abdi iid ahmed,

The most obvious difference in written English between British and US English is spelling, I would say. For example:

British > US

-ise > ize (scandalise > scandalize)

our > or (colour > color)

ll > l (travelling > traveling)


However, remember that these are rules of thumb and are a guide not fixed laws. Remember also that there are many different kinds of English around the world, and that British and US English are only two of these.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team