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by Syl
Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:33 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: "disease" vs "diseases"
Replies: 1
Views: 9830

Re: "disease" vs "diseases"

Please have a look at the definitions on Oxford Dictionary site: http://oald8.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/dictionary/diseases#disease The example given on that site, "A fatty diet increases the risk of heart disease." is very appropriate and similar to the correct use regarding your question. Alt...
by Syl
Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:22 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Questions in English?
Replies: 3
Views: 10389

Re: Questions in English?

I totally second arizona's and teffjones' answers. 'Have you any other comments...? is passe', you won't find it in any modern Grammar tutorial nowadays.

Best,

Syl

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by Syl
Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:11 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Written Expression
Replies: 4
Views: 10840

Re: Written Expression

Thanks, teffjones! ;-)


Syl

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by Syl
Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:55 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Written Expression
Replies: 4
Views: 10840

Re: Written Expression

I have been a little bit confused on the TOEFl's written expression, pls help.. In many countries , metal detecting is illegal, and the authorities argue that if it were to allow unrestricted use of detector, many antiquities would be stolen Fernando, besides Rosalinda's explanation which is excell...
by Syl
Sat Sep 08, 2012 12:42 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Verbs and nouns with "-ed" and "-ing"
Replies: 2
Views: 48209

Re: Verbs and nouns with "-ed" and "-ing"

Hello Dave, After a small search, I found a site with the best explanation. And the reason that I prefer a simple one is that pupils won't understand English through complicated terms like "gerund" and others. I prefer a simple and direct example and this is the best I found: -ED adjectives are used...
by Syl
Sat Sep 08, 2012 12:27 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: I need some help in correcting mistakes
Replies: 4
Views: 10459

Re: I need some help in correcting mistakes

Your point is correct, EC. When I read that sentence I looked for the verb, and since "exit" is also a verb, I questioned myself: "What does he mean with that word???" Anyway, there is no doubt. Your suggestion is the best! Syl Syl's English Corner - Learn English and Have Fun http://www.ginnegar.0c...
by Syl
Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:54 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: help!! present continuous
Replies: 7
Views: 21944

Re: help!! present continuous

Hi all, I desperately need your help. I have a student who has stumped me with a challenging sentence. She wrote: First we were eating cake and drinking champagne, while I opened my presents. I am sure it's saring me in the face, but please tell me what is wrong with this sentence and why????!! Tha...
by Syl
Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:35 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: I need some help in correcting mistakes
Replies: 4
Views: 10459

Re: I need some help in correcting mistakes

Guys, I don't think the misspelling is that important. It can even be a typo... the big problem is that the sentence is all wrong, either in grammar construction or style. I wouldn't repeat the word "exam" twice, first of all. Second, the word "exit" is so out of usage... And what do you mean by "Eu...
by Syl
Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:21 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: syntactic options
Replies: 4
Views: 10913

Re: syntactic options

I disagree, Francis. The way you suggest isn't clear either... sorry :(

And besides, one shouldn't put the auxiliary "are" (as in your example) , in the end of the sentence.

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by Syl
Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:09 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Grammar problem
Replies: 5
Views: 9556

Re: Grammar problem

Well, I have the same problem with a couple of adult students. There is nothing I can do, they keep repeating the same mistakes even if I point them out, and even if I tell them to correct themselves... Sorry Susan... but I guess this is something related to their lack of self esteem when trying to ...
by Syl
Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:57 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: syntactic options
Replies: 4
Views: 10913

Re: syntactic options

I don't think any of them is clear. All three examples talk about a person that "can't see...." about his/her chances of winning. The part that is not clear: his/her friends desired what? The prize or the other person's winning?

;)

Syl
by Syl
Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:11 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Help for English
Replies: 9
Views: 23363

Re: Help for English

Very good recommendations, Rosalinda! Thank you!
by Syl
Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:26 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Help for English
Replies: 9
Views: 23363

Re: Help for English

You are right, mscollick, I agree. There is just one problem, though: not always those that prepare videos and send them to YouTube or anyother similar site, are real teachers with real knowledge of the teaching of English. Yet, there are others that are a blast, I personally know some and your advi...
by Syl
Sat Jun 18, 2011 9:12 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Pronouncing Carrefour
Replies: 10
Views: 31134

Re: Pronouncing Carrefour

Good job, Syl. Google Translator is doing its best to mimic what a native English speaker would do: read a foreign word and try his or her best to pronounce it to the best of his or her ability. An alphabet represents phonemes in a given phonological context. French sounds never entered the mind of...
by Syl
Sat Jun 18, 2011 9:10 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Pronouncing Carrefour
Replies: 10
Views: 31134

Re: Pronouncing Carrefour

oulala! :)

http://translate.google.com/?hl=en#fr|en|oulala!



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by Syl
Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:47 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Pronouncing Carrefour
Replies: 10
Views: 31134

Re: Pronouncing Carrefour

It's amazing how things have developed since the question was posted such a long time ago LOL... I've just looked it up in Google Translator, and you can choose the language you want to listen. If you type "carrefour" and choose French, the recording will say it in French; in English, it will be com...
by Syl
Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:31 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Grammar MUSTS
Replies: 2
Views: 6593

Re: Grammar MUSTS

I strongly agree with Navajo, and besides, I'm not an enthusiastic fan in what regards teaching grammar. It has been proved that all the theory taught is useless in most of the cases, when it comes the situation when someone has to write a composition, for example, or even in a test, all the rules (...
by Syl
Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:17 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Help for English
Replies: 9
Views: 23363

Re: Help for English

I'm sorry it's a bit late, but probably this reply can help others, or yourself:) I like the activities and exercises I get from Oxford University Press. Just register here: http://www.oup.com and have a look. They have so many Grammar exercises, activities, dialogues, and you can have their newslet...
by Syl
Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:03 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Any warm-up ideas for modal auxiliaries?
Replies: 2
Views: 13561

Re: Any warm-up ideas for modal auxiliaries?

You can bring a pile of flashcards - pictures or drawings of objects - or even cut-outs from magazines and pasted on construction paper. Spread them on the floor, or join two desks and put them there. Tell the pupils they are lost on a desert island, and in turn, each one comes and picks a picture a...
by Syl
Sat May 15, 2010 2:00 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: The boy is playing [a/the] guitar ???
Replies: 11
Views: 50268

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

EC, I have never heard anyone saying "I can play a guitar", but if you say so.. that's fine for me. It sounds weird, though...

Best,
Syl

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by Syl
Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:48 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: The usefulness of Keyword method
Replies: 1
Views: 3836

Re: The usefulness of Keyword method

Dear sidan, I'm not a Thai teacher, but your idea is excellent! The mnemonic method is very useful, especially if you can create riddles or jokes to help the students memorize the words. Example: Why did the boy throw butter out of the window? (Act it out when you ask and teach). Answer: To see the ...
by Syl
Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:21 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: The boy is playing [a/the] guitar ???
Replies: 11
Views: 50268

Re: Grammar problems.

Sorry to disagree, Mark... but the second answer is perfectly correct. One of the entries for "play" (Oxford Dictionary) says: MUSIC 10 ~ (sth) (on sth)| ~ sth (to sb) ~ sb sth to perform on a musical instrument; to perform music: [vn] to play the piano / violin / flute , etc. THE is right, and I ma...
by Syl
Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:41 pm
Forum: School Projects
Topic: Getting in touch with English after school
Replies: 1
Views: 18903

Getting in touch with English after school

This presentation was submitted to the Ministry of Education in my country. The site I presented is strictly for educational purposes and non-commercial use or financial gains. Syl's English Corner http://ginnegar.0catch.com My site was created based upon what was done in class, what children like t...
by Syl
Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:14 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Your opinions please
Replies: 5
Views: 6994

Re: Your opinions please

I love teaching. Period. I love the feeling of giving something to someone, either a kid or an adult, and this "something" will help them in their careers or whatever they do. In my humble opinion an English teacher isn't just a teacher that teaches a language. An English teacher is also an educator...
by Syl
Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:40 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: I have some questions.
Replies: 2
Views: 5953

Re: I have some questions.

Dear Mnhaszkat, It's been a while I haven't posted here, and I'm a bit surprised how come people haven't answered your questions... I will try and help you: a) "Don't sit too near at the edge of the chair, you may fall down" It's much better if you say: "Don't sit too near the edge of the chair...."...