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by cerealkillah
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Why indefinite?
Replies: 3
Views: 8899

Re: Why indefinite?

You can't put indefinite article before "extinction", because it is uncountable noun. I would omit the article. If we want to talk more specifically and to differentiate this extinction from another, we should add a noun, for example "instance of extinction", though in my opinion it looks a bit clum...
by cerealkillah
Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Students' Native Languages
Replies: 7
Views: 9841

Re: Students' Native Languages

It depends. Referring to students' native language is very useful when it comes to mistakes which result from interference between L1 and L2. It is the same case as with false friends that Susan mentioned. On the other hand, sometimes I refer to L1, when grammatical structure of English langueage is...
by cerealkillah
Fri Jun 17, 2016 12:29 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Teacher complains my classes are too much fun
Replies: 5
Views: 4462

Re: Teacher complains my classes are too much fun

moorphy wrote:... they didn't feel they were learning.
That's the best thing any teacher would want to hear! I would give you a raise. ;-)
by cerealkillah
Thu May 26, 2016 8:22 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Deal with preposition!
Replies: 7
Views: 6244

Re: Deal with preposition!

The first one is correct. If you don't like the two prepositions next to each other, you can put "in" at the beginning to make In what sport did you participate at school? , but the initial position of prepositions is not very common. Sometimes you can even see sentences with more than two prepositi...
by cerealkillah
Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:50 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: "think that" or "think if" or think that if"
Replies: 4
Views: 10758

Re: "think that" or "think if" or think that if"

I think this will be best one - Do you think that it will going to rain tomorrow? It isn't the best one. In fact, it is grammatically incorrect. It is either It will rain or it is going to rain (with the first one being more common in sentences with "think"). There is no such structure as "will goi...
by cerealkillah
Sun Apr 03, 2016 7:58 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: age X at the age of
Replies: 4
Views: 7181

Re: age X at the age of

cerealkillah wrote: There only option I see in this context is "(name), aged X".
Sorry, my mistake. That should be "The only other option I see...". (Name), age X is also good.
by cerealkillah
Sat Apr 02, 2016 1:48 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Adjective after noun?
Replies: 16
Views: 34417

Re: Adjective after noun?

You are absolutely right, Syl. That was just my remark about explaining the word order. Not first, second, third but before, after, between and so on.
by cerealkillah
Sat Apr 02, 2016 1:36 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Future meaning
Replies: 4
Views: 8561

Re: Future meaning

"Leaves" is the only possibility here. As you've said, we are talking about timetables or schedules. It is not our arrangement. The driver or ticket inspector could say Hurry up, we're leaving in five minutes It's the same as with shops, museums etc. The butcher's opens at 8. , but Hurry up, People,...
by cerealkillah
Sat Apr 02, 2016 1:21 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: age X at the age of
Replies: 4
Views: 7181

Re: age X at the age of

"At the age of X" means "when he/she was X" and I would use it in stories, newspaper articles and so on. At the age of 13 he had already been chess master five times. In this case (a medical report) you usually use shortened phrases, like in application forms: age, name, occupation, nationality etc....
by cerealkillah
Sun Mar 27, 2016 12:12 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: connected speech
Replies: 2
Views: 4317

Re: connected speech

Check out this video:
https://youtu.be/DNXRwJl-yIw
Drilling is a good way to teach/practice pronunciation in general. I remember the book I learned it from. It was "Living English Speach" by W.S. Allen. It was published 50 years ago but it is great for drilling rhythm and stress patterns.
by cerealkillah
Fri Mar 18, 2016 7:02 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Help planning a 3 lesson course on grammar?
Replies: 3
Views: 3383

Re: Help planning a 3 lesson course on grammar?

Hi Saul! I'm glad that I could help you. As for the grammar reference books, someone recommended here R. Murphy's books. They're great. I would add anything by Michael Vince ("...language practice" series)- clearly laid theory with many interesting exercises. When it comes to theory itself, my perso...
by cerealkillah
Thu Mar 17, 2016 3:44 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Get
Replies: 2
Views: 6398

Re: Get

"Get good" is correct, but rarely used. Check out this chart from google books Asia SWTeaching pointed out, it is the process we are talking about (that's why continuous tense is used here, by the way). In this case it is a process of going from "poor/low level" English to "high level" English. It's...
by cerealkillah
Tue Mar 01, 2016 10:58 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: The and 'a'
Replies: 4
Views: 13152

Re: The and 'a'

I agree with Susan but I would say that the word "uniform" is no exception to the rule. Since we are talking about vowels (preceded by an) and consonants (a) it is the sound that matters, not the initial letter. We have to think in terms of pronunciation. Another 'unusual' examples: an hour, an hone...
by cerealkillah
Sun Feb 28, 2016 12:15 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: The boy is playing [a/the] guitar ???
Replies: 11
Views: 50186

Re: The boy is playing [a/the] guitar ???

I agree that "He can play." is different from "He is playing." but I disagree about "a=one". I have no problem with "The boy is playing a guitar." because it simply highlights that it is "some", "unspecified" guitar. Compare these sentences: "In the picture I can see a boy and a guitar. The boy is p...
by cerealkillah
Sat Feb 27, 2016 11:46 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Help planning a 3 lesson course on grammar?
Replies: 3
Views: 3383

Re: Help planning a 3 lesson course on grammar?

With only six hours you have to be task-oriented, that is it would be best if you knew how the test looks like and what range of grammar structures and vocabulary it covers. As for the methods, with past tenses you could write a ministory with your students. For example, prepare 5-10 cards (word car...
by cerealkillah
Mon Feb 15, 2016 5:13 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Help with ideas re: context and error correction
Replies: 1
Views: 2362

Re: Help with ideas re: context and error correction

As for the error correction, there are two different things you can think of: a) mistakes (e.g. wrong answers to the questions despite knowing the rules) - these not always have to be corrected b) errors (e.g. mistakes that are "learned", or rules that are not learned correctly) - these have to be c...
by cerealkillah
Fri Feb 05, 2016 7:24 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: "think that" or "think if" or think that if"
Replies: 4
Views: 10758

Re: "think that" or "think if" or think that if"

Number 2 may be correct, but the meaning is different. "if" in this case means "whether", so in the second sentence we ask not about opinion (sentence number one), but about the "activity of thinking" itself. It is the rare case, when "think" can come with -ing ending. I think the film is awesome . ...
by cerealkillah
Fri Feb 05, 2016 6:51 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Past simple or present perfect
Replies: 2
Views: 6674

Re: Past simple or present perfect

First of all, you cannot use any of the present tenses (not only Present perfect), because you already have past tense in "was going to".
Second, we use present perfect when there is some reference to the present. Here, we have no such reference.
Hope that helps.
by cerealkillah
Mon Dec 21, 2015 3:19 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: trust in versus trust on
Replies: 4
Views: 8512

Re: trust in versus trust on

As a noun trust can come with between " trust between nations" or in "I put my trust in you and you let me down." When it comes to a verb, you can use it without a preposition " I know I can trust him ", or put either to (" I stumbled in the dark, trusting to luck to find the right door ") or with (...
by cerealkillah
Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:52 pm
Forum: TEFL Training Discussion
Topic: I made a mistake what should I do?
Replies: 6
Views: 16063

Re: I made a mistake what should I do?

You have to tell them you made the mistake. If you don't and the students find out that you did it on their own you will appear incompetent. However, if you start your next class by saying "Listen guys, I made a mistake last time" and go on to explain what it was, how you did it and, most of all, wh...
by cerealkillah
Fri Dec 11, 2015 4:20 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Children's Books Suggestions
Replies: 2
Views: 4067

Re: Children's Books Suggestions

I'm sure you will find something suitable in any graded readers series:
Penguin Readers
Macmillan Readers
Oxford Graded Readers
or Oxford Bookworms (although I think they're aimed at older students)
by cerealkillah
Fri Dec 11, 2015 3:44 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: English grammar
Replies: 2
Views: 2798

Re: English grammar

Definitely robbed, but the sentence should be "When I looked in my purse I realised I had been robbed."
by cerealkillah
Sun Nov 22, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Error editing
Replies: 2
Views: 7775

Re: Error editing

I would like to weigh in on this topic, too. Most of the changes Rosalinda made refer to "logical" mistakes or ambiguities (well done, btw). If you don't want to change the ideas behind the sentences and rephrase them and want to check the grammar instead, heare are my suggestions: 1) For better not...
by cerealkillah
Sat Oct 31, 2015 3:23 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Grammar questions-need help
Replies: 2
Views: 3533

Re: Grammar questions-need help

According to M. Swan ("Practical English Usage"):
There is no significant difference between somebody and someone, anybody and anyone, everybody and everyone or nobody and no one. The forms with -one are more common; those with -body are a little more informal.
by cerealkillah
Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:21 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: English club
Replies: 5
Views: 4843

Re: English club

You could do something with postcrossing . It would be a good opportunity to use English for the elementary students. You can make a display from the postcards you get from around the world. My colleague connected this with a blog her group is writing (one blog entry for one postcard received) about...