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by Syl
Sun Jun 14, 2009 5:33 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: since he practiced medicine/since he began to practice medic
Replies: 2
Views: 4979

Re: since he practiced medicine/since he began to practice medic

Qiqi, hi! I read all your questions about the Present Perfect X Past Simple, and to be more practical, I think you will understand this topic better if you read this page: http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/StudyZone/410/grammar/ppvpast.htm They are very concise and clear.. I hope you understand better th...
by Syl
Sun Jun 14, 2009 5:23 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: It's a long time since / It has been a long time since
Replies: 1
Views: 11649

Re: It's a long time since / It has been a long time since

Hi:) The Present Perfect is connected to the present and may refer to a completed action. However, we are not interested in the time of the action, rather in the results of that action as they affect us now. That is why the tense is called the Present Perfect. The Past Simple is not connected to the...
by Syl
Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:21 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: using "couldn't" in conditionals
Replies: 7
Views: 13141

Re: using "couldn't" in conditionals

Hi sorry to jump in on your posts but I cant see how to start a new one :oops: A simple question that perplexes me. Take the following conditional If I hadn't taken the job in New York, I wouldn't have met the President. This is a third conditional I think so is it "real or unreal" To me it's real ...
by Syl
Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:09 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Up - particle or part of a prepositional phrase
Replies: 2
Views: 7243

Re: Up - particle or part of a prepositional phrase

Your question belongs to the difference between phrasal verbs and prepositional verbs.

There's a wonderful explanation here:

http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verb ... -verbs.htm

(Your site is very nice :wink: )
by Syl
Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:50 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Do or Does?
Replies: 3
Views: 13605

Re: Do or Does?

The easiest way is this: I do You do We (or someone and I) do . Example: my father and I, Dan and I, the group and I, etc. They (or nouns in the plural / names / etc.) do . Example: the boys, Mary and Ann, those schools, etc. but He (or: a name - masculine gender, a masculine noun, etc.) does Exampl...
by Syl
Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:37 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: have been or had been
Replies: 2
Views: 12295

Re: have been or had been

"Had been married" or "Had + past participle" is the past perfect tense used to show that two events happened in the past, and one of them happened first. If you say: "Annie and Alan have been married since July." (Present Perfect) it means that they are still married. It's the same as saying: Annie...
by Syl
Sun Feb 01, 2009 7:15 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Grammar aux verbs
Replies: 1
Views: 5182

Re: Grammar aux verbs

I know exactly what you mean because I have the same problem! One of the things I use to explain is: 1) am/is/are and do/does (or other tenses) are helping verbs, I don't use the term "auxiliary". These verbs help other verbs most of the time; the helping verb Do/Does helps all verbs in the Present ...
by Syl
Sun Feb 01, 2009 6:31 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: The use of songs in teaching vocabulary to Primary School Ss
Replies: 6
Views: 8981

Re: The use of songs in teaching vocabulary to Primary School Ss

You can find the answer in a post I wrote sometime ago, in which I related more to pronunciation and spelling. Nonetheless, the learning of vocabulary is definitely included.

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=5794



Syl:)
by Syl
Fri Jan 23, 2009 1:48 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Time relationship adverbs
Replies: 2
Views: 4124

Re: Time relationship adverbs

I think you can find very good material in this article:

http://dspace.wul.waseda.ac.jp/dspace/b ... 48-357.pdf

Good luck:)
by Syl
Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:16 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: the possessive case
Replies: 1
Views: 4758

Re: the possessive case

There's an excellent answer for your question here:

http://stc-carolina.org/newsletter/tiki ... ossessives

:D
by Syl
Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:08 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Friendly
Replies: 2
Views: 4823

Re: Friendly

Hi Graziela! It's a while you've asked the question, I hope I can be of help:) Since an adverb modifies a verb, friendly could be used as an adverb too, besides its use as an adjective. But it's simply not correct English.. Look at the example: She spoke to him friendly. Much better to say: She spok...
by Syl
Thu Jan 22, 2009 8:54 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Preposition question
Replies: 1
Views: 4319

Re: Preposition question

up against : close to or in contact with: crowds pressed up against the police barricades.

(informal) confronted with: I began to think of what teachers are up against today.

up against are both prepositions:)
by Syl
Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:48 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: emergency help! question from an english teacher-to-be
Replies: 3
Views: 3443

Re: emergency help! question from an english teacher-to-be

Hi, starseeker and Graziela! Well, I'm not new :D .. I have 31 years of teaching experience, both elementary school (from grades 3 to 6) and junior high (grade 7 - 12). Israeli students aren't easy, they respect a teacher but consider him/her as their friend, and it is hard to have them under contro...
by Syl
Tue Jun 17, 2008 5:05 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: it's + plural noun
Replies: 2
Views: 10979

Re: it's + plural noun

"It's" in many cases is an impersonal expression, like in French "c'est". Impersonal expressions are those which do not have a specific subject. In grammatical terms, "impersonal" does not mean cold, but rather invariable by grammatical person. Examples It's hard to speak. (Speaking is hard) It's go...
by Syl
Tue Jun 17, 2008 4:38 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: punctuation after greetings
Replies: 1
Views: 13828

Re: punctuation after greetings

It depends on the context. If the greetings must be included in a written context, they must be punctuated. Read this: "Why do we need punctuation? Are commas and colons required only to give new writers a hard time? Punctuation allows us to clarify the meaning of words when voice or "body language"...
by Syl
Tue Jun 03, 2008 4:14 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: verb demand
Replies: 3
Views: 10899

Re: verb demand

Hi The name is "reporting verbs":) (1) Verbs followed by "that" add admit agree announce answer argue boast claim comment complain confirm consider deny doubt estimate explain fear feel insist mention observe persuade propose remark remember repeat reply report reveal say state suggest suppose tell ...
by Syl
Sun Jun 01, 2008 5:53 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Grammar help
Replies: 5
Views: 11282

Re: Grammar help

Hello, Fateha :D Here are some sites that I like: http://www.englishmedialab.com/grammar.html (these are online exercises, on video) http://www.esl-galaxy.com/completelessons.html (this site has excellent material to download, for teaching purposes) http://www.esltower.com/grammar.html (this is also...
by Syl
Wed May 28, 2008 4:48 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Assessment
Replies: 1
Views: 2668

Re: Assessment

I think it's worth testing your pupils and see if they have understood what you teach or not. This assessment is good for both: you and the students. Tests should be given frequently; shorter tests at the beginning of lessons let's say, a 10 questions test to check certain issues, once a week and te...
by Syl
Tue May 27, 2008 7:09 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: question on the order of something
Replies: 2
Views: 4625

Re: question on the order of something

I'm not sure I understood what you want to know... If what you mean is how to formulate the instructions in a test or in an exercise, you can say something like: "Arrange the ______ according to the _____________". For example, "Arrange the names of the following cities and their populations from la...
by Syl
Sun May 25, 2008 10:35 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: What part of grammar do your students have difficulty with?
Replies: 8
Views: 9430

Re: HELP!!!

Oh, I forgot indeed. "There is/are" , and mainly word order, which is completely different in their Mother Tongue.


Syl
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by Syl
Fri May 16, 2008 5:56 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: great website for ESL listening, and real spoken English
Replies: 1
Views: 2779

Re: great website for ESL listening, and real spoken English

Hi, Addison I had a good look at the site and listened to some of the podcasts. It's absolutely fantastic, very useful. The dialogues are interesting and there's always the possibility of finding something relevant. I already downloaded 2 dialogues which I'll be using. I wish other talented teachers...
by Syl
Sun May 11, 2008 3:04 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: A little bit of help goes a long way
Replies: 1
Views: 2480

Re: A little bit of help goes a long way

Hi there, Jstano! I'm practically copying a post I wrote in another Forum, replying exactly to a very similar question like yours: I'm subscribed to the Oxford University Press - in the English File Team. I get tons of material in the email, ideas, articles, lesson plans. I was at their site a momen...
by Syl
Sun May 11, 2008 9:25 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Why not you're?
Replies: 4
Views: 6347

Re: Why not you're?

Well, the spelling is okay, but we just don't say it because it is wrong :wink:

(Margaret, heroine LOL :D )


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by Syl
Thu May 08, 2008 5:11 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Question regarding the use of past tense
Replies: 2
Views: 5374

Re: Question regarding the use of past tense

(from "Index to Modern English" by Thomas Lee Crowell Jr.) Sequence of tense: 1. The two sentences below mean the same thing, but notice the difference in the verb forms: Today's paper says that it will rain tomorrow if it does not snow. Today's paper said that it would rain tomorrow if it did not s...
by Syl
Mon May 05, 2008 5:59 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: and and and and and
Replies: 0
Views: 4109

Re: and and and and and

A petshop owner orders a sign for his shop. The name of the shop is "The Tortoise and the Hare". When the sign is ready, he calls the signmaker and says: "Could you please put a bigger space between Tortoise and and and and and Hare?":) Syl's English Corner - Learn English and Have Fun http://www.gi...