If you're interested in language, or you know someone who is, here's a web site that will be of real interest. Reverso, while not being an inspiring name, is an amazing web site that describes itself as a linguistic portal. It combines a spell checker, verb conjugator, dictionary, grammar checker and translation system, all in a web-based system that doesn't require any software installation and is completely free to use.
So whether you need to check the spelling or grammar of an email you're writing, or your children need a fun way to look up the facts of language, Reverso is a superb online resource. It works in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew and Japanese. So if you've always wondered how to spell accommodation, or what the past continuous tense of "to work" is (answer: see below for the conjugation), Reverso will have the answer.
You'll find the site at www.reverso.net and, as mentioned, it's free to use. My thanks to reader Jim Considine for telling me about it.
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