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by marcchehab
Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:28 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Vanitha and I _____ tall;Vanitha as well as I ____ tall
Replies: 2
Views: 5031

Re: Vanitha and I _____ tall;Vanitha as well as I ____ tall

nicely explained over at google.com
http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/ask-t ... #post97578
by marcchehab
Mon Nov 10, 2008 8:30 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: grammar doubt
Replies: 2
Views: 5445

Re: grammar doubt

Pete, who is usually correct, is correct :).

Here a few examples of 'take' with the meaning of 'need':
Parachuting takes a lot of nerve.
I take a size five in shoes.
Transitive verbs take a direct object.


From the Cambridge Advanced Dictionary ®
by marcchehab
Sun Nov 02, 2008 9:14 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: "it was the first time", past perfect or simp past
Replies: 3
Views: 25053

Re: has and had

I'm truly a bit confuse..which one is correct.. I has safely delivered my baby or I had delivered my baby..please explain if I'm done wrong here Hello syazeline "I has" is, in every occasion, wrong. "Has" is used in the past simple of the 3rd person singular (he/she/it). I do agree, it may be confu...
by marcchehab
Sun Oct 19, 2008 8:14 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Friendly
Replies: 2
Views: 4596

Re: Friendly

Hello

How simple, yet hard to answer a question can be. In short, yes, it can be an adverb. For further information visit:

http://www.bartleby.com/68/46/2646.html
by marcchehab
Sun Oct 19, 2008 8:07 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Unqualifiable Adjectives
Replies: 2
Views: 5811

Re: Unqualifiable Adjectives

Hello Brobit Try to find it under 'non-gradable adjectives'. There are a few pages on that issue in my 'advanced grammar in use' by Cambridge University Press. However, I would find it rather pointless to actually learn these adjectives by heart, for there are even some, that can be used in both way...
by marcchehab
Tue Oct 14, 2008 4:40 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: the least
Replies: 1
Views: 3648

Re: the least

Thanks for the lively discussion :)

I had the chance to ask a colleague, who's a native speaker. She told me it's absolutely ok to say that.
by marcchehab
Mon Oct 13, 2008 2:39 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: the least
Replies: 1
Views: 3648

the least

hello everybody

the other day in class I came across this:
'I have the least money of us all.'

It sounded utterly strange to my ears, that usually don't let me down, but I still am pretty unsure. I know 'the least' as an adverb of course. But as a normal adjective?

What are your thoughts?
by marcchehab
Tue Oct 07, 2008 10:44 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: A refreshing question
Replies: 2
Views: 5307

Re: A refreshing question

Hello Yes, the difference between the two is that 'refreshing' is a 'present participle adjective', whereas 'refreshed' is a 'past participle adjective'. I tell my students that -ing forms (present participle adjectives) are always in some way about an action ('What does it do?') and -ed (past parti...
by marcchehab
Fri Oct 03, 2008 9:38 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: mispronounced words
Replies: 8
Views: 8515

Re: mispronounced words

hi to every one, I fundamentally believe that pronuciacion is very important in using english effectively and purposefully. however, I come across some difficult examples in many occasions. in this case, I want to ask for help if it is possible. I assure you that I've cheked in many dictionaries bu...
by marcchehab
Thu Oct 02, 2008 10:39 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Brain Drain
Replies: 3
Views: 3122

Re: Brain Drain

well, but they don't just leave their families behind I suppose, they send them money, right? If so, it's also good for your economy, isn't it?
by marcchehab
Mon Sep 29, 2008 9:08 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Share ESL activities and materials online
Replies: 5
Views: 11887

Re: Share ESL activities and materials online

Hello

I signed up and will upload some of my material soon. I am giving a Cambridge BEC Preliminary course right now, so I'll make new worksheets as well...

Thanks for the hint!
by marcchehab
Mon Sep 29, 2008 3:29 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Brain Drain
Replies: 3
Views: 3122

Re: Brain Drain

Well being one of those who will leave his own country, I have this answer for you: I do agree with your conception to use one's talents for the good of all and not for selfish interests (e.g. money). Leaving for a less wealthy country is but a symptom of the same values though. I do not find a soci...
by marcchehab
Mon Sep 29, 2008 3:02 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: using "couldn't" in conditionals
Replies: 7
Views: 12403

Re: using "couldn't" in conditionals

It is strange, because the likelihood of rain is above what, in my opinion, suits a 2nd conditional. 'If it rains, I cannot come.' is not strange at all. Even with the most accurate weather forecast, the 2nd conditional is for unlikely situations, e.g. 'If I was president, ...', 'If I had three legs...
by marcchehab
Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:57 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: "the described problem"
Replies: 1
Views: 4641

Re: "the described problem"

WRONG! Participle adjectives can go before the word that they describe as well. They go after the word only, when they are defining or identifying. She had a welcoming smile. --> participle adjective ' welcoming' before smile. I counted the children waiting. --> participle adjective ' welcoming' aft...
by marcchehab
Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:19 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: by vs through
Replies: 1
Views: 6191

Re: by vs through

Hello My house is heated by/with gas I'll send it to you by/through mail I'll pay you by check I learned that with a lot of practice Success only happens through hard work The tickets are available through/on the Internet (or just on-line) There are really so many possibilities. It always depends wh...
by marcchehab
Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:12 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Is and was
Replies: 2
Views: 8526

Re: Is and was

Hello Good question. Ask a native speaker :) Here are my thoughts. My Cambridge Advanced Grammar in Use says, that your tense has to be appropriate at the time you are reporting. So, I would say, 'was' is more common, because nobody wants to stress his/her still being a fan so much. But 'is' should ...
by marcchehab
Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:01 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Grammar
Replies: 1
Views: 4062

Re: Grammar

Hello Mr Ramos

So are you employed for teaching grammar only? I would 'just' teach English - it is so much more than grammar.

But if you have to, we will certainly find ways to make it more interesting.

Have fun.
by marcchehab
Sun Sep 28, 2008 10:55 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: using "couldn't" in conditionals
Replies: 7
Views: 12403

Re: using "couldn't" in conditionals

Hello

Yes in unreal conditionals, we can use 'could' or 'might' instead of 'would'.

If I was not poor, I would buy a house.
If I was not poor, I could buy a house.

So, yes, the sentence is right I would say.

A nice evening, take care.
by marcchehab
Sun Sep 28, 2008 10:37 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: preposition of time
Replies: 1
Views: 5041

Re: preposition of time

Hello Mr. Hadi 'The event took place at 11.30am local time.' The kind of time ('local time', 'Beijing time') is put right after the time itself. 'In', 'at' and 'on' are easily confused. Bare in mind, we are talking about prepositions of time here. These can be used as prepositions of place as well. ...
by marcchehab
Sun Sep 28, 2008 10:25 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: "it was the first time", past perfect or simp past
Replies: 3
Views: 25053

Re: "it was the first time", past perfect or simp past

Hello xxkilo

The past perfect is used for describing an action that had happened and had been finished by the time something else happened. Because this is not true in your sentence, you would have to use the past simple.

Have a nice day.
by marcchehab
Sun Sep 28, 2008 10:12 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: "the described problem"
Replies: 1
Views: 4641

"the described problem"

Hello I was asked by a student whether or not 'the described problem' was correct or not. Is it? It sounds really awkward to me and I would intuitively say 'the problem described'. I have investigated of course and this is my solution to the problem: 'described' is not a real adjective, but a partic...
by marcchehab
Sun Sep 28, 2008 12:26 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Modals
Replies: 2
Views: 5222

Re: Modals

Hello again Like I said, here are a few lines on NEED VS MUST. NEED can be used as an ordinary verb and as a modal verb. The modal verb does not change its tense. It is most common to use the negative. Modal verbs: You need not worry, you will be all right. You need not speak so loudly. Ordinary Ver...
by marcchehab
Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:20 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Speak Softly Because You Can't Carry A Stick Anymore
Replies: 2
Views: 3836

Re: Speak Softly Because You Can't Carry A Stick Anymore

Hello linuskea Since I am usually part of that chatter myself, I do not find it difficult to stop it - I simply stop talking myself. The rest follows. Many colleagues find it difficult to control a class. I usually put forward that there is not always need to. Not in the eldest of fashions at least....
by marcchehab
Tue Sep 23, 2008 12:35 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Modals
Replies: 2
Views: 5222

Re: Modals

Hello Sir I hope to be of service to you. Here are a few of my thoughts on these modal verbs. I work with Cambridge's 'Advanced Grammar in Use' by Martin Hewings, ISBN: 978-0-521-61403-0. CAN VS COULD CAN implies that something is possible and actually happens or is going to happen, whereas COULD is...