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The need for good English language skills (and a good vocabulary, in particular) applies to many walks of life. One of these is when you enter a 25-words-or-less competition.  A 25-words-or-less competition is where competition organisers ask you a question, which you must answer in 25 words or less (to be grammatically correct, it should be 25 words or fewer). The best answer, or answers, wins a prize. Over several years, I've entered a lot of 25-words-or-less competitions. I enter these competitions because I enjoy them. They're fun, I get to practise my creative writing skills, and, as a bonus, I might win something. During my time entering (and, more than average, winning) these 25-words-or-less competitions, I've noticed a few trends and I've gathered a few tips. Here, then, are my 5 simple tips to winning 25-words-or-less (or 25 wol) competitions.

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To improve your vocabulary, a crucial technique is "elaboration" — for example, learning and using a new word in its context. Watching good television shows can provide the necessary context you need for learning new words. In this article, we take a look at five words the popular television show Doctor Who has helped children across the globe (and universe?) to learn and understand.

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