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by NiallHoughton
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: New Teacher in China - Damage fees in contract
Replies: 1
Views: 11235

Re: New Teacher in China - Damage fees in contract

The terms of an employment contract state what each party is obligated to do under the contract and each party must comply with the terms, otherwise they may be sued for breach of contract. A condition of this contract is that there is a financial penalty if you leave the job before a certain period...
by NiallHoughton
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Difficult Students
Replies: 4
Views: 11611

Re: Difficult Students

She wants to be taught in a certain way, but you as the teacher have your ideas about how she should be taught. It might be worth spending a short period of time exploring this difference in opinion, exploring what she wants to achieve by taking part in the lessons, reminding her of what works with ...
by NiallHoughton
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Phrasal Verb
Replies: 2
Views: 11135

Re: Phrasal Verb

Warning - not all verbs followed by a preposition are phrasal verbs - picked up, is a verb + prepositional phrase, rather than a phrasal verb.
by NiallHoughton
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Homonyms
Replies: 1
Views: 6689

Homonyms

Does anyone have any advice about teaching Homonyms, any resource links would also be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
by NiallHoughton
Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: "Should I come up?"
Replies: 6
Views: 14532

Re: "Should I come up?"

Modal verbs. These are helping verbs, in this example it is used to make a suggestion.....other modal verbs about suggestion are
Could
May
Might
Shall.
by NiallHoughton
Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: The boy is playing [a/the] guitar ???
Replies: 11
Views: 43781

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

Yes, the indefinite article, A, is by its very definition, indefinite. In other words, a guitar can be any guitar. But the boy is playing one guitar in particular, so THE guitar, is more appropriate.
by NiallHoughton
Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Grammar
Replies: 2
Views: 7181

Re: Grammar

The perfect tense indicates that an action is retrospective or has been completed - e.g. He has driven his Mondeo to work.
by NiallHoughton
Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Why indefinite?
Replies: 3
Views: 7856

Re: Why indefinite?

Your idea to use the indefinite article could be appropriate as it can have the function to be a form of one e.g. A local extinction, refers to one extinction.
by NiallHoughton
Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: The and 'a'
Replies: 4
Views: 11969

Re: The and 'a'

Yes, this referring back with the definite article is called ANAPHORIC reference e.g. You described a man with a beard. Is this the man?
by NiallHoughton
Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: The Positions of GERUND
Replies: 8
Views: 34158

Re: The Positions of GERUND

Sometimes people confuse participles used adjectively as gerunds, e.g. A ROLLING stone gathers no moss......however the -ing word must function as a noun to be a gerund.
by NiallHoughton
Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: sentence structure
Replies: 4
Views: 10769

Re: sentence structure

Gordon Jarvie's Bloomsbury Grammar Guide helps with the process of writing.