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A museum in southwest France is exhibiting 'raw' art by the self-taught which was never intended for a public showing.

Wednesday, 18 May, 2005, 12:00am

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1. With music and gaming already well established with millions of mobile phone users around the world . . .

2. As a first step, many plan to hedge their bets by making short one-to-two-minute-long spin-offs from well-known TV soaps and reality shows such as Big Brother and the X-Factor . . .

19 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

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A careful eye can still detect signs of the last remaining cold war-style conflict at the sparse resort.

An adjective describes and modifies a noun (the noun can be a person, an object, a place, etc). It tells the readers about the characteristics of the noun.

14 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

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Re- is a very useful prefix (a group of letters that are added to the beginning of a word to form another word, known as a compound word). Re- is used to mean that an action or a process is repeated, eg. retell, reread, remarry. Most compound words with the prefix re- are spelt as one word. However, there are two exceptions to this practice.

5 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

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Age usually refers to the number of years that a person has lived. The following examples show some of the ways of referring to someone's age.

1. My mother is 40 years old.

2. My mother is a 40-year-old school teacher.

(Note: not 'a 40-years-old school teacher'. Also note that '40-year-old' here is a compound adjective, which we discussed on Tuesday.)

20 Feb 2004 - 12:00am