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by jeffcox
Thu Apr 17, 2008 3:32 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: if clauses
Replies: 2
Views: 1780

Re: if clauses

The part of the sentence with 'if' that creates the condition in the past uses 'had+past participle'. The part of the sentence that refers to a result in the past we use modal+have+past participle. 1. if he had told them [condition]......they might have agreed [hypothetical result] 2. if my phone ha...
by jeffcox
Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:21 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Any idea about"there is more than one way to kill a cat"
Replies: 6
Views: 3704

Re: Any idea about"there is more than one way to kill a cat"

It is a helpful piece of advice that you give to someone to motivate them when they tried to do something but it didn't turn out right. It's like saying "try again, but in a different way".
by jeffcox
Wed Nov 08, 2006 3:30 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: saw off
Replies: 2
Views: 1846

A saw is what you use to cut wood. To saw a piece of wood means to make remove a piece by sawing it. 'Sawing off' $40 million means to reduce the amount by $40 million. As wood is quite solid (haha) it's quite a dramatic movement... that's why they chose this word... $40 million is a dramatic reduct...
by jeffcox
Mon Nov 06, 2006 12:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What should i do ?
Replies: 31
Views: 11903

How dare I... well... it's easy :twisted:

I don't like the sound of Portuguese. You do, so that's fine for you. I don't - a question of personal preference and nothing personal. I also don't like feijão or mocatoh! Brigadeiros go down a real treat, though and I'm addicted to coxinhas.
by jeffcox
Mon Nov 06, 2006 12:06 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: how do you learn vocabulary
Replies: 5
Views: 3046

The best way of learning vocabulary doesn't exist. Everybody is different and what's best for one is not the best for the next. A good piece of advice is to enjoy your English. It sounds like you're doing homework or something. Forget about 'studying' English and just have fun with it! If it's fun, ...
by jeffcox
Mon Nov 06, 2006 12:01 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: on the fly
Replies: 3
Views: 1965

Hi,

It means you'll do something while travelling.

I don't have time to sit down for breakfast, so I usually eat a sandwich on the fly.

It can often mean done hurriedly and without preparation.

If you make serious decisions on the fly, expect some failures along the way.
by jeffcox
Sat Nov 04, 2006 3:36 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Error correction
Replies: 1
Views: 1511

That's such a complicated question! It depends on what you want the student to learn from the exercises. Writing: Sometimes I focus on idiomatic aspects like idioms and collocations. Sometimes I focus on the grammar aspects alone. If the class was a specific grammar poing, I usually only correct tha...
by jeffcox
Thu Nov 02, 2006 12:18 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Grammar is very important?
Replies: 4
Views: 2879

The best way to learn grammar is... not to learn it!!! Ah, popycock, I hear you say! Try not to learn it, just copy it. Use it as a model to express what you want. After a while, you assimilate it into your knowledge without really studying it. Think about it like this... learn to say it and not 'ho...
by jeffcox
Thu Nov 02, 2006 12:13 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: what is the best way to learn idioms
Replies: 5
Views: 2717

Hi, In order to be well up on what people are saying today , talk to people! That is, participate in forums and chats with natives or people living in English speaking countries. They're usually in contact with such language on a daily basis. And, if you don't know what it means... ask. We're all wi...
by jeffcox
Wed Nov 01, 2006 11:51 pm
Forum: Current News
Topic: future of EU
Replies: 52
Views: 33359

LadyMacbeth, I understand that you're scared of Europe. Anybody who loves their country is. In Britain, when the EEC (as it was known back then)was being set up, they promised that it wouldn't lead to loss of sovereignty. They knew, even then, that it would. They lied to the population. The English ...
by jeffcox
Tue Oct 31, 2006 3:23 pm
Forum: Current News
Topic: future of EU
Replies: 52
Views: 33359

EU politicians are not in it for the fame or personal gain. There's very little of either in it. Almost nobody knows the name of their European representative! There are divisions between many different people, on many different levels. A 'democratic' country maintains peace and justice by fair syst...
by jeffcox
Sat Oct 28, 2006 4:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What should i do ?
Replies: 31
Views: 11903

When I moved to Brazil I didn't speak Portuguese at all. I had to make a decision - speak Portuguese, even though I don't like the language! No excuses and no complaining. Just speak. Speak slowly, speak badly, forget the words. But speak. Now, I speak fluently. I have an accent, I still forget some...
by jeffcox
Sat Oct 28, 2006 4:11 am
Forum: Current News
Topic: does it make sense to build walls?
Replies: 19
Views: 15031

There are lots of illegal workers in the US. That didn't really worry people a lot way back when. Now, poverty in the US is on the increase and many Americans are unemployed. The illegal workers do very manual or 'embarrassing' work for little money. Now, those poor Americans are looking to those jo...
by jeffcox
Sat Oct 28, 2006 3:59 am
Forum: Current News
Topic: future of EU
Replies: 52
Views: 33359

Hi LadyMacbeth, I say that the EC is a place for dialogue. Without that, there could never be any peace. People with different beliefs, customs and cultures must meet to dialogue; where does the tollerance and understanding come from if you don't do this? Of course, there are many problems. They wil...
by jeffcox
Thu Oct 26, 2006 3:24 am
Forum: Current News
Topic: rape reform - Pakistan
Replies: 19
Views: 15156

Admiral, I agree. Rape happens wherever. It depends on the character of each man. Even where such things are not tollerated, it still happens. It happens much less, but it still happens. In places where it is 'tollerated' more openly because of various factors it is difficult to combat. But it is so...
by jeffcox
Tue Oct 24, 2006 4:24 am
Forum: Current News
Topic: rape reform - Pakistan
Replies: 19
Views: 15156

No, you didn't answer the question of what to do about it. You mentioned 'do something about their religion'. But, no suggestion. Give something more substantial, that can be specified. You have the goal, but you haven't given the means to arrive there. So, what do you suggest? To include the US and...
by jeffcox
Mon Oct 23, 2006 3:11 pm
Forum: Current News
Topic: future of EU
Replies: 52
Views: 33359

Nobody entered Europe for international social reasons. Europe is a political arena. Governmental interests are at the heart of it. Each government has the responsibility to promote and protect its the interests of its own citizens first and foremost. As no country is socially perfect, those interna...
by jeffcox
Mon Oct 23, 2006 2:57 pm
Forum: Current News
Topic: rape reform - Pakistan
Replies: 19
Views: 15156

Formed to keep order... more to protect certain interests. The US is still in the UN to maintain certain allied ties, this is true. But the US is becoming more and more unilateral. They need, less and less, the positive support of such allies. But anyway, this is politics (forbidden subject) and dig...
by jeffcox
Mon Oct 23, 2006 2:45 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: poems
Replies: 1
Views: 442

There is no 'right' or 'wrong' way to write a poem or prose. Creativity is based on breaking pre-established concepts! Poets often change tenses, pronouns and other things to maintain their rhythm... it's called 'poetic license'. If you read other English poems, you can copy their style... but why n...
by jeffcox
Mon Oct 23, 2006 2:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: ARE U WITH THE NEW RULE IN EC???
Replies: 27
Views: 5403

I have participated in both the political and religious threads on this site. I have read some thing with which I disagree. Some things, I can imagine, were offensive to others. I have been offended on one or two occassions. But, I think that if you reduce the chance for responsible dialogue, you on...
by jeffcox
Mon Oct 23, 2006 2:15 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: shifting sentiments in marketplace of ideas
Replies: 2
Views: 1584

The changes in opinion and philosophy. It refers to globalization. There is now a negative feeling about globalization. Many now see it as a negative. It was once a well supported idea but now opinion has changed. Those who most need to benefit from globalization are simply left behind. Democracy an...
by jeffcox
Mon Oct 23, 2006 1:59 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Accident and Incident
Replies: 2
Views: 1437

They are a little bit different, so you would have to provide an example sentence to set the context in which the word is used. Incident could be an event that happens on purpose, while accident indicates no intention. This is an important difference between the two. If you talk about a car crash in...
by jeffcox
Mon Oct 23, 2006 1:53 pm
Forum: Current News
Topic: rape reform - Pakistan
Replies: 19
Views: 15156

Therefore, who is to intervene, if all those with power abuse it to further their own interests? Back to the Rape issue; Write to the ambassador of that country. Write to your local news network, write to Amnesty International. Make a noise. Often, countries get embarrassed about their internal poli...
by jeffcox
Mon Oct 23, 2006 1:27 pm
Forum: Current News
Topic: rape reform - Pakistan
Replies: 19
Views: 15156

First point: The US want out because it's bad image to go against the UN - it simply makes them look bad. They will do what they want anyway, so go independent and eliminate one negative aspect and remove the need to debate with a group of people who take forever to make a decision! Second: Who said...
by jeffcox
Sun Oct 22, 2006 7:00 am
Forum: Current News
Topic: rape reform - Pakistan
Replies: 19
Views: 15156

If one group tries to impose their ideals on another... all ~ breaks out. If one group tries this... they're insulted for being imperialistic. If they do nothing... they're insulted for doing nothing. It's a no-win situation for anybody who does anything by force in any country other than their own....
by jeffcox
Sun Oct 22, 2006 5:18 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Active and Passive Vocabulary?
Replies: 3
Views: 2873

Active vocabulary: words that you can use when you have to produce English. That is, when you speak or when you write. Passive vocabulary: words that you recognize the meaning of. That is, when you hear or read them. But, you can't use them or don't remember them when you have to speak or write. We ...
by jeffcox
Mon Oct 16, 2006 3:41 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: phrasal verbs
Replies: 2
Views: 1654

It's really an unrealistic task to note down common phrasal verbs out of your head like this.

Oxford have a whole dictionary dedicated to phrasal verbs... it has a lot of entries!

Phrasal verbs are best learned as you come across them.
by jeffcox
Tue Oct 10, 2006 2:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Choice
Replies: 4
Views: 1834

Why not do some voluntary work? Try to help at a local school or hospital. Something where you can help people. This is great because when you are studying, you will have a whole new perspective on the subject. Helping others is one of the most noble ways of studying... as well as doing good for oth...
by jeffcox
Sun Oct 08, 2006 4:16 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: hi to everyone! please, help me about english vocabularies
Replies: 9
Views: 3875

That's my point... you don't have to study hard!!!

You should enjoy yourself more... if you enjoy it, you do it more and you remember it better.
by jeffcox
Sun Oct 08, 2006 4:09 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Ask for helping
Replies: 4
Views: 2972

No difference, though 'older' is more commonly used.
by jeffcox
Sun Oct 08, 2006 4:05 am
Forum: Current News
Topic: 'Boy snatched off street, set alight, killed for being white
Replies: 3
Views: 4139

Where there is cultural difference you will probably find tension. People are people, and in any nation of people you will find some who do not know how to deal with their frustrations without resorting to violence. As you said, the sad thing is that this tension is increasing and not decreasing. It...
by jeffcox
Sat Oct 07, 2006 3:56 am
Forum: Talking Point Discussion
Topic: No Sex Please, we're British!
Replies: 67
Views: 205707

Then, I think you should do some research before you insult a whole nation based only on what you've heard! England has some very strict laws on sex tourism, some of the most rigid in the world. And don't forget about the marketing expression 'supply and demand'... no supply, no demand; no demand, n...
by jeffcox
Sat Oct 07, 2006 12:38 am
Forum: Current News
Topic: 'Boy snatched off street, set alight, killed for being white
Replies: 3
Views: 4139

Ethnic tension is very tight in the UK. It always has been. I come from one of the largest Asian and Indian communities in England; I lived there for over 15 years. There is a self-imposed segregation that goes on there. Both sides are usually friendly towards each other, but there is little real in...
by jeffcox
Fri Oct 06, 2006 7:12 pm
Forum: Talking Point Discussion
Topic: No Sex Please, we're British!
Replies: 67
Views: 205707

I'm British and HIGHLY OFFENDED by your words. I've never been to Estonia and I've never been involved in sex tourism. I'm probably right in saying that the British are not the only ones involved in the toursim there; there will be other nationalities too. I'm sure that many Estonians are involved i...
by jeffcox
Fri Oct 06, 2006 6:54 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: As if...
Replies: 4
Views: 736

Sorry, my mistake; (D) is correct!
by jeffcox
Fri Oct 06, 2006 6:10 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: A vocabulary question
Replies: 1
Views: 517

A good dictionary will tell you which one is correct.

Distinction (n) special honor or recognition - fame

The group achieved something that is incredible and for this they are well respected and receive recognition for it.
by jeffcox
Fri Oct 06, 2006 4:30 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: As if...
Replies: 4
Views: 736

None are true.

'As if' and 'as' are used in similies.

You felt as if you were a criminal.
Buy you are not a criminal.
You are comparing yourself to a criminal for the purposes of expressing or emphasizing a feeling or characteristic.
by jeffcox
Fri Oct 06, 2006 1:57 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: hi to everyone! please, help me about english vocabularies
Replies: 9
Views: 3875

If you're studying list after list of words, you'll probably forget them quickly. Memorizing words is much easier when the word is one you consider useful at the time you see it, when you need to use it regularly as output or when you see it regularly in reading input or hear it in oral input. In ot...
by jeffcox
Fri Oct 06, 2006 1:21 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: verb (2)
Replies: 3
Views: 635

No. Don't confuse this with the past perfect.

Would have liked = past - introduce a hypothetical idea
to have = the future

The future seen from the past.
A past future!

You look back to a moment in the past when you were looking to the future!
by jeffcox
Fri Oct 06, 2006 1:04 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: general grammar
Replies: 1
Views: 473

#1 A stranger asked me what time it was. There is no need to use a time reference, because we generally want to know what time it is... now! #2 The teacher said the Earth is round. or The teacher said the Earth was round. The Earth is round is a generally accepted truth. Therefore, we would normally...
by jeffcox
Fri Oct 06, 2006 12:56 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: would like (2)
Replies: 1
Views: 377

Already answered!
by jeffcox
Fri Oct 06, 2006 12:55 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: would like (1)
Replies: 1
Views: 397

Past meaning;

would like + to have + past participle.
by jeffcox
Fri Oct 06, 2006 12:23 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: verb (2)
Replies: 3
Views: 635

#1 is correct. #2 is wrong; yesterday, I wanted a Pepsi. 'Would have liked' does not always use 'would like' to mean 'want'. It is used to mean 'enjoy'. You missed a great movie, you would have liked it. You can use 'would have liked' in the sense of 'want' when used in a conditional sentence - some...
by jeffcox
Fri Oct 06, 2006 12:02 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: verb (1)
Replies: 1
Views: 451

This is a question that any good grammar reference would show.

#1 is in the past.
#2 is in the present or future.
by jeffcox
Fri Oct 06, 2006 12:01 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: doubts in sentence
Replies: 4
Views: 611

It is an option, but it isn't very common and seems a little bit archaic to me.

It isn't necessary to say 'than that of', so we often leave it out because it sounds better without it.

When you use it, it has a more formal feeling.
by jeffcox
Thu Oct 05, 2006 3:48 pm
Forum: Talking Point Discussion
Topic: Grammar is a waste of time.
Replies: 79
Views: 304445

As an native English teacher, I think that students spend too much time worrying about grammar. That seems controversial, and it really is. A child listens, then learns to speak. He learns to read and then he learns to write. I bet he learned to speak before he even knew what the word 'grammar' mean...
by jeffcox
Thu Oct 05, 2006 3:32 pm
Forum: Talking Point Discussion
Topic: Making a stand against corruption is a waste of time.
Replies: 28
Views: 88363

But often you plant the desire for change in the hearts of people. I think that that is a very important first step. Even if you stand up against corruption and you don't get to change anything, people notice and society is changed in a very small way. Even though you can't see it at that moment. Th...
by jeffcox
Thu Oct 05, 2006 3:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What is your Gender ????
Replies: 38
Views: 6027

I'm a guy... although my wife laughs at me every time I say this! I just can't figure out what's so funny :? English teachers are another gender? Wow... last week I had my students throwing raw eggs out of the window... I'm a great teacher! The students, however, need to improve their aim... they di...
by jeffcox
Thu Oct 05, 2006 2:33 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: doubts in sentence
Replies: 4
Views: 611

1)I'm better than him.

2)He is better than you.

3)Joseph does better work than me.
Joseph's work is better than mine.

4)Joseph is taller than peterson.
by jeffcox
Thu Oct 05, 2006 2:27 pm
Forum: Grammar Help
Topic: (I have/ I've got )
Replies: 1
Views: 579

They are both the same in terms of meaning, in the affirmative, negative and interrogative.

'Got' is a little more informal, so you should choose when and where to use it; but, it's common in most situations.