Which was the most polluted: modern day Chinese cities or the European cities during the industrial revolution?

When you look at these photos you might think that the pollution in China is worse or equal to the pollution of London in the 1950’s, but you would be mistaken. There is a gulf of difference between these photos that is not apparent without background knowledge. I live in China, so I see the Read More …

Should I use ‘assured’ or ‘insured’ in the sentence, “your maximum privacy will be _______”?

I would say assured in this case. When you assure something, you confirm that it is going to happen. Assuring someone’s privacy is a guarantee of privacy The word insure means to take out a policy against losses with an underwriter. That is not the meaning that you want here. I think perhaps you have confused insure with ensure. When you ensure something, you guarantee to Read More …

How much does it cost parents and students to go to English language schools in China?

The cost of English language schools in China varies massively. There are big differences between cities and regions. There are also big differences in the quality of tuition provided by various establishments. Thus different costs and benefits. I shall answer based on my city which is a middle-sized city in Liaoning. How much does it Read More …

Why can’t the people in China speak basic English even though most young people study English at school?

There is no reason to suppose that anyone anywhere can speak English. It isn’t a universal language. By native speakers, English is ranked No.3 after Chinese Mandarin and Spanish. By second language speakers, English is huge and has about 1.1 billion users. However, if you consider that there are 7 billion people in the world, Read More …

Are there any letter combinations that have as many different sounds as -ough in English?

As far as I know, the -ough grouping has the biggest pronunciation variation of any group in English. /ʌf/ enough, hough, rough, slough, tough (rhymes with stuff) /ɒf~ɔːf/ cough, trough (rhymes with off) /trɔːθ/ trough (by some speakers of American English rhymes with cloth) /aʊ/ bough, drought, plough (rhymes with cow) /oʊ/ dough, furlough, though Read More …