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by Syl
Mon May 05, 2008 5:34 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Grammar help
Replies: 5
Views: 11246

Re: Grammar help

from http://www.edufind.com/English/Grammar/IF10.cfm " UNREAL PAST The past tense is sometimes used in English to refer to an 'unreal' situation. So, although the tense is the past, we are usually talking about the present, e.g. in a Type 2 conditional sentence: If an elephant and a mouse fell in lo...
by Syl
Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:06 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Contractions
Replies: 6
Views: 13188

Re: Contractions

There is a very good explanations in this site: http://www.informatics.sussex.ac.uk/department/docs/punctuation/node20.html The double contraction is, in fact, coloquial language, and not written. Hence, there's no proper spelling. Syl Syl's English Corner - Learn English and Have Fun http://www.gin...
by Syl
Tue Apr 22, 2008 7:18 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Teaching Young Children EFL
Replies: 6
Views: 12457

Re: Teaching Young Children EFL

Hi, Sparky I'm sorry, I haven't answered your question because I never taught kids that young. But I googled the words "young learners esl kindergarten" and found tons of sites. One of them is so nice, I don't know if it answers your needs, it's http://www.english-4kids.com/nursery.html . Also in ht...
by Syl
Sun Apr 20, 2008 11:07 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: "will" to express repeated actions in the Present
Replies: 4
Views: 12679

Re: "will" to express repeated actions in the Present

"Would" is the conditional tense, in which the subject of the sentence depends upon something uncertain (hypotetical ideas or actions). "Will" is definite. It means that the person intends to do something: "I will call you when I finish the work." Syl's English Corner - Learn English and Have Fun ht...
by Syl
Tue Apr 15, 2008 7:13 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: What part of grammar do your students have difficulty with?
Replies: 8
Views: 9394

Re: HELP!!!

Well, my pupils have great difficulty with the Present Tense & Present Progressive (Continuous), together with the Time Expressions. Their mother language is Hebrew, and Hebrew doesn't differentiate between the two tenses. It's usual to hear them saying "She is walk" or "She walking", or using the w...
by Syl
Mon Apr 14, 2008 11:10 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Why not you're?
Replies: 4
Views: 6325

Re: Why not you're?

In your sentence, the verb "to be" is a linking verb (a linking verb connects a subject to a subject complement which identifies or describes the subject). If the linking verb is also an auxiliary (like the verb "to be") it will never be contracted when it comes at the beginning or end of a clause. ...
by Syl
Sat Apr 12, 2008 5:41 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Pronoun reference error
Replies: 1
Views: 3085

Re: Pronoun reference error

The error is the pronoun "which".

"Which" is used to refer to things, or to add information about something just mentioned. It is generally used for things, not people.

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by Syl
Sat Apr 12, 2008 4:00 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: What's the tense/classification?
Replies: 9
Views: 12238

Re: What's the tense/classification?

The present participle is used to describe an activity in progress, especially when all parts of the activity are watched. If you report on the facts only, then you will use the infinitive in both verbs like: "We saw the man open the car door, put in the box and drive off." Syl's English Corner - Le...
by Syl
Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:24 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Grammar help
Replies: 5
Views: 11246

Re: Grammar help

This question remained unanswered, anyway here is the explanation to others that might need it: "It's time we were leaving" What follows It's time is an unreal past. The past tense is sometimes used in English to refer to an "unreal" situation. So, although the tense is the past, we are usually talk...
by Syl
Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:53 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: How to differentiate these two sentences?
Replies: 2
Views: 5542

Re: How to differentiate these two sentences?

Why is this sentence "The old building was burnt down last night" more suitable than "the old building had been burnt down last night"? The same with: Tell us how you and your sister had been kidnapped last month. Tell us how you and your sister were kidnapped last month. Please reply asap. Thanks!...
by Syl
Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:40 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: I trying to create a english language class
Replies: 9
Views: 15203

Re: I trying to create a english language class

That's indeed a good idea! Try also to elicit from them the differences between the two alphabets and also the languages, giving examples, oral and written words. But don't restrict your first lessons to this issue, try and present in the same lesson various activities making it dynamic and not bori...
by Syl
Mon Apr 07, 2008 5:38 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Top 10 Mistakes New ESL Teachers Should Avoid
Replies: 3
Views: 3900

Re: Top 10 Mistakes New ESL Teachers Should Avoid

Hi, There are many "dos" and "don'ts", and it's impossible to make a list of everything. Anyway I have some tips, I hope they help! - Earn your students' appreciation, admiration and respect, avoid beeing "buddies" with them from the beginning. Pupils like you more when you are strict and at the sam...