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Fill in the blanks!(Happiness and Pleasure)

Postby behnam » Wed Jul 23, 2014 3:35 pm

Hi friends,

Consider the following collocations:


bring happiness - to take great pleasure in doing something - physical pleasure - find happiness - with you happiness - a guarantee of future happiness - to have the pleasure of doing something - the key to true happiness - the pursuit of happiness - be a pleasure - give pleasure - get pleasure - read for pleasure - enjoying the pleasures - true happiness - combine business with pleasure - endless pleasure - great pleasure - few pleasures - simple pleasure - an unexpected pleasure

Now complete the sentences with the correct form of the above expressions:

1) After two failed marriages, he seems to have ........ with his third wife.
2) I'd like to take this opportunity to ........ for the future.
3) people think that money ........ happiness. That's why they buy lottery tickets.
4) I've spent my life trying to find ........ and peace of mind.
5) Basic human rights are the right to life, liberty, and .........
6) I think living together before you get married is no .........
7) Lots of people ........ from painting in water colours.
8) Few things in this world ........ than a long hot bath.
9) The trip to Tabriz will enable me to .........
10) It certainly ........ to hear from you after all these years.
11) I don't get to ........ anymore.
12) After the operation she was able to enjoy ........ like walking again.
13) I can't give up smoking-it's one of the ........ I have left in life.
14) Well, fancy meeting you here! This is........!
15) Children find ........ in playing with simple things like water.
16) His music has given ........ to many people over the years.
17) I shall ........ telling everyone the truth.
18) May I ........ seeing you again?
19) Slowly but surely, we can help them reach out and start ........ of playing with a friend.
20) This will help us not to confuse ........ with ........ or the spiritual reality of joy.

I wish you lasting happiness and real pleasure. Good luck with practicing.

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Fluency!

Postby behnam » Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:35 pm

Key words for fluency


Fluency is the ability to speak naturally, listen efficiently, read quickly, and write well. What does this mean?


1) Speaking naturally means NOT making everything up one word at time, but speaking in whole expressions at normal speed.

2) Listening efficiently means understanding people at the speed at which they speak. This means that when you hear the first word of an expression or the first few words of a sentence, you know how it is going to end.

3) Reading quickly means that your eye is ahead of your brain! You are able to predict what author has written.

4) Good writing is writing which expresses exactly what you want to say in natural ways which the reader will immediately understand.

All those skills depend on having a large store of words and expressions which you don't need to think about or construct every time you use English. The more collocations you know, the less you need to think! And the more fluent your English becomes.

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Answers(Happiness and Pleasure)

Postby behnam » Fri Jul 25, 2014 5:49 am

Hi friends,


1) After two failed marriages, he seems to have found happiness with his third wife.
2) I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you happiness for the future.
3) people think that money brings happiness . That's why they buy lottery tickets.
4) I've spent my life trying to find the key to true happiness and peace of mind.
5) Basic human rights are the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
6) I think living together before you get married is no a guarantee of future happiness.
7) Lots of people get great pleasure from painting in water colours.
8) Few things in this world give me more happiness than a long hot bath.
9) The trip to Tabriz will enable me to mix/combine business with pleasure.
10) It certainly is a real pleasure to hear from you after all these years.
11) I don't get to read for pleasure anymore.
12) After the operation she was able to enjoy simple pleasures like walking again.
13) I can't give up smoking-it's one of the few pleasures I have left in life.
14) Well, fancy meeting you here! This is an unexpected pleasure!
15) Children find endless pleasure in playing with simple things like water.
16) His music has given great pleasure to many people over the years.
17) I shall take great pleasure in telling everyone the truth.
18) May I have the pleasure of seeing you again?
19) Slowly but surely, we can help them reach out and start enjoying the pleasures of playing with a friend.
20) This will help us not to confuse physical pleasure with true happiness or the spiritual reality of joy.

I wish you lasting happiness and real pleasure. Thank you for reading.

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Fill in the blanks!(Anger)

Postby behnam » Fri Jul 25, 2014 6:31 am

Hi friends,

Consider these collocations:


arouse anger - to express your anger - control your anger - feel anger towards someone - your anger subsides - a moment of anger - an outburst of anger - a surge of anger - shake your fist in anger - raise your voice in anger - stamp your feet in anger - your eyes blaze with anger - take your anger - show your anger - direct your anger - to express their anger

Now complete the sentences with the correct form of the above expressions:

1) Drivers are blocking the motorway to .......... over high fuel costs.
2) The player couldn't .......... and shouted at the referee.
3) The destruction of the mosque .......... throughout the Muslim world.
4) I still .........., who left home when I was 3.
5)I'm sorry for what I said last night. It was said in a ...........
6) I felt a sudden .......... welling up inside me. I had to fight to control it.
7) Her comments provoked an uncharacteristic .......... from the minister.
8) The cyclist shouted at the driver and ...........
9) From behind the door I could hear ...........
10) He looked straight at me and his dark ...........
11) When my son doesn't get his way, he ...........
12) Psychologists say that it is better .......... rather than let it fester inside you.
13) Don't .......... out on me, I had nothing to do with it!
14) Let us make sure that we do not .......... on to people who are only trying to help us.
15) I felt guilty that I .......... and frustration.

Thank you for following the thread and posts. Good luck with practicing.

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Re: Let's learn together!

Postby setayesh » Sat Jul 26, 2014 7:43 pm

Hi friends,

I'm putting the answers based on my knowledge, I'm not sure about some of them but I hope they will be correct. I would be very happy if you kindly correct any mistakes that I've made.


1) Drivers are blocking the motorway to show their anger over high fuel costs.
2) The player couldn't control his anger and shouted at the referee.
3) The destruction of the mosque aroused anger throughout the Muslim world.
4) I still feel anger towards, who left home when I was 3.
5)I'm sorry for what I said last night. It was said in a surge of anger.
6) I felt a sudden moment of anger welling up inside me. I had to fight to control it.
7) Her comments provoked an uncharacteristic an outburst of anger from the minister.
8) The cyclist shouted at the driver and shook his fist in anger.
9) From behind the door I could hear your anger subsides .
10) He looked straight at me and his dark eyes blazed with anger.
11) When my son doesn't get his way, he stamps his feet in anger.
12) Psychologists say that it is better to express your anger rather than let it fester inside you.
13) Don't take your anger out on me, I had nothing to do with it!
14) Let us make sure that we do not direct our anger on to people who are only trying to help us.
15) I felt guilty that I raised my voice in anger and frustration.


All the best
Seti

PS. I'm not sure about number14 :-(

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Re: Let's learn together!

Postby [amal] » Sun Jul 27, 2014 2:33 pm

آن را به من می دهد لذت بزرگ را به شما و خانواده سنگ پر برکت عید فطر را تبریک می گویم. به ما و خدا شما خوب، یمن و برکت

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Your Answers Are Correct!

Postby behnam » Sun Jul 27, 2014 3:08 pm

Hi Seti,

Thank you very much for completing the sentences. Your answers are correct, but I've got some other suggestions, since some answers are replaceable. For example, 'to show your anger' can be replaced by 'to express your anger' in many cases. However, 'to express something' means to tell or show what you are feeling or thinking by using words, looks, or actions, whereas 'to show something' means to let someone see something. There are slightly different.

In order to practise(actually, when I am writing a sentence, I am practising English skills.) using those collocations, I am rewriting the sentences.


1) Drivers are blocking the motorway to express their anger over high fuel costs.
2) The player couldn't control his anger and shouted at the referee.
3) The destruction of the mosque has aroused throughout the Muslim world.
4) I still feel a lot of anger towards my father, who left home when I was 3.
5) I'm sorry for what I said last night. It was said in a moment of anger.
6) I felt a sudden surge of anger welling up inside me. I had to fight to control it.
7) Her comments provoked an uncharacteristic outburst of anger from the minister.
8) The cyclist shouted at the driver and shook his fist in anger.
9) From behind the door I could hear voices raised in anger.
10) He looked straight at me and his dark eyes blazed with anger.
11) When my son doesn't get his way, he stamps his feet in anger.
12) Psychologists say that it is better to express your anger rather than let it fester inside you.
13) Don't take your anger out on me, I had nothing to do with it!
14) Let us make sure that we do not direct our anger and frustration on to people who are only trying to help us
15) I felt guilty that I had shown my anger and frustration.

Thank you for reading.

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Happy Eid ul-Fitr!

Postby behnam » Sun Jul 27, 2014 3:22 pm

Hi Amal,

You made me say WOW! Thank you very much for posting something after ages. I'd missed you and your posts. It is very kind of you to write something in Farsi. Thank you very much indeed. By the way, I'd like to take this opportunity and say a warm '
Happy Eid ul-Fitr' to you and to your family.

اتهنئه بعید الفطر! أتمنّی لک و لاهلک أیّام عید سعیدهً! أتمنّی لک حظاً سعیداً، وقتاً طیباً و نجاحً کبیراً

Happy Eid ul-Fitr to all Muslims!

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Fill in the blanks!(WORRY)

Postby behnam » Sun Jul 27, 2014 4:17 pm

Hi friends,

Consider these collocations:



cause/give worry - discuss your worries - forget your worries - add to your worries - a nagging worry - the main worry - unnecessary worry - a constant worry - sick with worry - a constant source of worry - the least of my worries - my only worry - have no worries - financial worries - got enough to worry about - what worries me is .../the (only) thing that worries me is ... - to express your worry

Now complete the sentences with the correct form of the above expressions:

1) They may become more able .......... and anger in positive, rather than maladaptive, ways.
2) Don't tell Mum about this - she's ...........
3) I’d love to be able to lie back and just .......... for a little while.
4) His father’s strange behavior is .......... him considering worry.
5) It’s important that children can .......... with their parents.
6) There will always be .......... at the back of my mind that if I’d acted sooner, the problem would not have arisen.
7) I’ve got money problems, but when I lost my job, it only ...........
8) Why didn’t you ring and say you’d be late? You’ve caused us a lot of ...........
9) My .......... is that in his present state of mind, he’ll do something stupid.
10) I think it was the .......... of the business that drove him to resign.
11) Where on earth have you been? We’ve been ...........
12) Money is ........... I worry about my credit card all the time.
13) .......... is that I won’t find a job when I get there.
14) What they think of me is ........... I have got more important things to worry about.
15) We .......... his ability to do the course. It’s his poor attendance that’s a problem.
16) My .......... have cost me many sleepless nights.
17) .......... the food. I don't want to get food poisoning.


Thank you for following the thread and posts. Good luck with practicing.

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Re: Let's learn together!

Postby Mohsen » Mon Jul 28, 2014 1:52 pm

Hey Drunks, know the value of the last cup

Cupbearer close the tavern tonight

Tell the guests that the feast reaches the end

Drank or not drank you have to leave this house


Happy Aid-al Fitr to all of you

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Re: Let's learn together!

Postby setayesh » Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:48 am

Hi Behnam,

Thanks a lot for your great explanation about the those little differences. I really really enjoyed reading your post and learning through it. I'm posting my answers to the new sentences.


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1) They may become more able to express their worries and anger in positive, rather than maladaptive, ways.
2) Don't tell Mum about this - she's got enough to worry about.
3) I’d love to be able to lie back and just forget my worries for a little while.
4) His father’s strange behavior is causing/giving him considering worry.
5) It’s important that children can discuss their worries with their parents.
6) There will always be a nagging worry at the back of my mind that if I’d acted sooner, the problem would not have arisen.
7) I’ve got money problems, but when I lost my job, it only added to my worries.
8) Why didn’t you ring and say you’d be late? You’ve caused us a lot of unnecessary worries.
9) My main worry is that in his present state of mind, he’ll do something stupid.
10) I think it was the constant worry of the business that drove him to resign.
11) Where on earth have you been? We’ve been sick with worry.
12) Money is my only worry. I worry about my credit card all the time.
13) a constant source of worry is that I won’t find a job when I get there.
14) What they think of me is the least of my worries. I have got more important things to worry about.
15) We have no worry about his ability to do the course. It’s his poor attendance that’s a problem.
16) My financial worries have cost me many sleepless nights.
17) what worries me is /the (only) thing that worries me is the food. I don't want to get food poisoning.



All the best,
Seti

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Your Answers Are Correct!

Postby behnam » Tue Jul 29, 2014 10:52 am

Hi Setayesh,

Happy Eid Ul-Fitr to you and to your great family. So many thanks for completing the sentences. Your answers are correct. I hope to read more posts from you.

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I'd missed you Mohsen!

Postby behnam » Tue Jul 29, 2014 10:58 am

Hi Mohsen,

Where are you man? I'd missed you and your posts. Thank you for posting. Happy Eid Ul-Fitr to you and to your family too. I wish you all the best in the world. Please don't leave us alone. Join us in practising English. I've using an effective method for practising collocations. What is your idea about this method?

I hope to read more from you.

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Fill in the blanks!(Fear and Anxiety)

Postby behnam » Tue Jul 29, 2014 12:47 pm

Hi friends,

Consider these collocations:



hopes and fears - put the fear of God into somebody - bring anxiety - have a terrible fear - confront your fear - overcome your fear - show fear - live in fear - a constant fear - have a deep fear - an irrational fear - a sudden fear - your worst fear - cause anxiety - hide your anxiety - to reduce your anxiety - increase your anxiety - an effect of anxiety - a level of anxiety - a sign of anxiety - live in a constant fear

Now complete the sentences with the correct form of the above expressions:

1) You have to .......... in order to conquer it.
2) .......... is generally seen as a sign of weakness.
3) I .......... of heights. I avoid tall building whenever I can.
4) Many old people .......... of being attacked and never go out at night.
5) Our daughter has .......... of the dark and she can now sleep with the light off.
6) My wife has .......... of all dogs-which she can't explain.
7) Since the publication of his controversial book, the author .......... of assassination.
8) .......... gripped me as I entered the meeting.
9) The news that the factory was to close confirmed everyone's ...........
10) Many old people .......... of being abandoned by their families.
11) She tried to .......... from me, but I could tell from her voice.
12) I regret any anxiety I may .......... you. Please forgive me.
13) The smile on the air steward's face did nothing ...........
14) Thanks, but you've only .......... by reminding me about the speech I have to give next week.
15) At the dentist's, it is not uncommon to epperience high ...........
16) People with stressful jobs often experience the destructive ...........
17) During the examination period, many children show ...........
18) What .......... do you have for the future?
19) The government tries to .......... people who don't pay enough tax.
20) there is the additional concern that it may .......... than help.

Thank you for following the thread and posts. Good luck with practicing.



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Re: Let's learn together!

Postby setayesh » Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:19 pm

Hi friends,

Consider these tenses:


Present simple - Present continuous - Future simple (will + V.) - Going to - Future continuous ( Will + be + V. + ing) - Future perfect simple (Will + have +Past participle) - Future perfect continuous (Will + have +been + V. + ing)

Now complete the sentences with the correct form of verbs in brackets by the above tenses. More than one answer can be correct :


1) By the time I’m 20, I………..(study) English for 10 years.
2) This time next week I ………(sit) on a plane to New York.
3) Will you……(see) David this evening? “No, I won’t have time”
4) Have you got any plans for when you leave school? -Yes I……..(take) a gap year. I’ve applied for a job in Kenya.
5) What time ……..(meet) Liam this evening? “At eight outside the Town hall.”
6) Can’t you take Saturday off? By then you’ll…………(work) for ten days without a break.
7) Don’t ring at 8 o’clock. I………(watch) Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
8) In 5 years time I………..(finish) university and I’ll be able to earn some money at last.
9) The train to London ………….(leave) at 6.13, so let’s meet at the station at 6 o’clock.
10) As soon as I save enough money ,………..(buy) you a laptop.
11) By the time we got to the party, most people ………(go)home.
12) Louis won’t be at school tomorrow because …………..(take part) in a swimming tournament.
13) By the time she leaves music school, she …………(study)for12 years.


Good luck


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Thanks Setayesh!

Postby behnam » Tue Jul 29, 2014 5:19 pm

Hi friends,

Since grammar is important in every language, as English learners, we have to learn English grammar. As you see, I am busy with setting questions for practising collocations. I asked Setayesh to participate in setting questions for practising English grammar. She kindly accepted my request and posted her first questions that concern future tenses. Thank you very much Setayesh.

I hope you will enjoy spending some time on practising English skills in this thread. I'd appreciate it if you could join us in setting questions or answering to them.

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I've lost my grammar!

Postby behnam » Tue Jul 29, 2014 5:40 pm

Hi Setayesh,

Thank you very much for your wonderful questions. I am hopeless at grammar. I am terrible at memorizing grammatical points. That's why I often learn English grammar through focusing on the meaning of sentences and their grammatical structures. In many cases, I am wrong, but in some cases it works. :lol: :lol: :lol:

I use my strategy to answer your grammatical sentences. I am not sure about the answers. I just have a try. Please correct my mistakes.



1) By the time I'm 20, I will have been studying English for 10 years.
2) This time next week I will be sitting on a plane to New York.
3) Will you see David this evening? "No, I won't have time".
4) Have you got any plans for when you leave school? Yes I'm going to take a gap year. I've applied for a job in Kenya.
5) What time are you meeting Liam this evening? "At eight outside the Town hall".
6) Can't you take Saturday off? By then you'll have been working for ten days without a break.
7) Don't ring at 8 o'clock. I will be watching/I am watching 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire'.
8) In 5 years time I will finish university and I'll be able to earn some money at last.
9) The train to London is leaving/will be leaving at 6.13, so let's meet at the station at 6 o'clock.
10) As soon as I save enough money, I am going to buy you a laptop.
11) By the time we got to the party, most people will have gone home.
12) Louis won't be at school tomorrow because he is taking part/will be taking part in a swimming tournament.
13) By the time she leaves music school, she will have been studying for12 years.

Dear Setayesh, please correct me If I am wrong. By the way, please give your reason(mention to the grammatical rules) in case you correct me. Thank you in advance!

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Re: Let's learn together!

Postby setayesh » Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:18 am

Hi Behnam,
Thank you very much for answering to the questions. Your answers are correct but as you asked me to mention the grammatical points if needed I just rewrite some of them with some explanations.



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3)Will you……(see) David this evening? “No, I won’t have time”
The answer can be in 2 forms:

-Will you see David this evening? "No, I won't have time"
-Will you be seeing David this evening? “No, I won’t have time”
(we can use future continuous to ask polite and less direct question about somebody’s plans)

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7)Don’t ring at 8 o’clock. I………(watch) Who Wants to be a Millionaire
Don't ring at 8 o'clock. I will be watching/I am watching 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire'. ( it’s much better to use will be watching because by this structure you talk about an action that will be in progress at specific point in the future e.g exactly at 8 O’clock as mentioned in above sentence )

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8) In 5 years time I………..(finish) university and I’ll be able to earn some money at last.
In 5 years time I will have finished university and I’ll be able to earn some money at last. (because we are talking about a complete action or event in the future .)

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9) The train to London ………….(leave) at 6.13, so let’s meet at the station at 6 o’clock.
The train to London leaves at 6.13, so let’s meet at the station at 6 o’clock. (To talk about things that are due to happen as part of a schedule present simple is preferred to use)

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10) As soon as I save enough money ,………..(buy) you a laptop.
As soon as I save enough money, I’ll buy you a laptop.
(As soon as works like IF in this sentence and it’s much better to use future simple here)

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I hope it would be useful for all.
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Re: Let's learn together!

Postby setayesh » Wed Jul 30, 2014 12:01 pm

Hi Behnam,

Here are the answers, I hope they will true.


1) You have to confront your fear in order to conquer it.
2) showing fear is generally seen as a sign of weakness.
3) I have a terrible fear of heights. I avoid tall building whenever I can.
4) Many old people have a deep fear of being attacked and never go out at night.
5) Our daughter has a constant fear of the dark and she can now sleep with the light off.
6) My wife has an irrational fear of all dogs-which she can't explain.
7) Since the publication of his controversial book, the author lives in a constant fear of assassination.
8) A sudden fear gripped me as I entered the meeting.
9) The news that the factory was to close confirmed everyone's worst fear .
10) Many old people live in fear of being abandoned by their families.
11) She tried to hide her anxiety from me, but I could tell from her voice.
12) I regret any anxiety I may cause you. Please forgive me.
13)The smile on the air steward's face did nothing to overcome his frear .
14) Thanks, but you've only . brought anxiety by reminding me about the speech I have to give next week.
15) At the dentist's, it is not uncommon to experience high level of anxiety .
16) People with stressful jobs often experience the destructive effect of anxiety .
17) During the examination period, many children show signs of anxiety .
18) What hopes and fears do you have for the future?
19) The government tries to put the fear of God into people who don't pay enough tax.
20) there is the additional concern that it may increase your anxiety than help.

Thank you for reading



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Fill in the blanks!(Confidence)

Postby behnam » Wed Jul 30, 2014 6:30 pm

Hi friends,

Consider these collocations:



to gain confidence - to have confidence - to lack confidence - to lose confidence - to boost your confidence - to destroy your confidence - an air of confidence - a lack of confidence - a boost to your confidence - a blow to your confidence - undermine your confidence - confidence is baddy shaken - confidence takes a knock - to have absolute confidence in something - to predict with total confidence - full of confidence - your confidence deserts you

Now complete the sentences with the correct form of the above expressions:

1) If you have an accident, it is important that you get back in a car as soon as possible. So that you .......... in your ability to drive.
2) He used to be shy but he .......... since going to school.
3) Our teacher tried .......... by telling us we'd all pass the exam.
4) He ........... I've never known anyone so unsure of himself.
5) The car accident seems ...........
6) I like someone, but I .......... to go up to her and ask her out!
7) She suffers from .......... I blame it on her sheltered upbringing.
8) Failing the exam was a severe ........... I thought I'd pass easily.
9) There is .......... about Tiger Woods at the moment. He is so .......... that I can't see anybody beating him.
10) After 3 defeats in a row, the team's ...........
11) His .......... with that bad review of his book.
12) Self-doubt can only ........... Try to believe in yourself.
13) When I saw the questions in the exam paper, ...........
14) No one can .......... what will happen in the future.
15) For peace of mind, a sick person needs .......... their doctor.
16) My manager's encouraging comments were .......... to my self-confidence.


Thank you for following the thread and posts. Good luck with practicing.



All the best,
Behnam, 30 July, 2014
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Re: Let's learn together!

Postby setayesh » Thu Jul 31, 2014 6:00 pm

Hi friends,

Thoday’s grammar point is “Question tag” let’s complete the blankets with appropriate questions.



1) She's Italian, …….?
2) They live in London, …….. ?
3) We're working tomorrow, …….. ?
4) It was cold yesterday, …….. ?
5) He went to the party last night ……..?
6) We were waiting at the station, …… ?
7) They've been to Japan , …….. ?
8) She's been studying a lot recently, …….?
9) He had forgotten his wallet, ……. ?
10) We'd been working, ……... ?
11) She'll come at six, ………. ?
12) They'll be arriving soon, ……… ?
13) They'll have finished before nine, …….. ?
14) She'll have been cooking all day, ……… ?
15) He can help, ……. ?
16) John must stay, ………. ?
17) We aren't late, …… ?
18) She doesn't have any children, ………. ?
19) The bus isn't coming, ………. ?
20) They didn't go out last Sunday, …… ?
21) You weren't sleeping, ………. ?
22) He hasn't been running in this weather, ………. ?
23) We hadn't been to London before, …… ?
24) They won't be late, ………. ?
25) She can't speak Arabic , ………. ?
26) Don’t make any nise, …… ?
27) let’s sit in the garden, ………. ?



Enjoy practicing.



All the best,
Seti


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