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by Joe
Sat Oct 19, 2013 6:51 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Is this sentence grammatically correct?
Replies: 3
Views: 14404

Re: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

I hadn’t known they will have stayed by next week. There's quite a lot wrong with this sentence - so much so that I can't even guess what you are trying to say :twisted: Specifically, there are two areas that seem non-idiomatic: 1. I hadn’t known they will... I would normally expect: I hadn’t known...
by Joe
Sat Oct 19, 2013 6:39 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: graduate or be graduated?
Replies: 3
Views: 11873

Re: graduate or be graduated?

I have graduated from the college.

This is correct.
by Joe
Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:10 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: I need some help in correcting mistakes
Replies: 4
Views: 10505

Re: I need some help in correcting mistakes

Hungarian universities witch have language exam exit requirements except the Euroexam. Actually it is not a sentence. There is no verb, unless "except" is the verb, which is possible but unlikely. One possible correct sentence could be: Hungarian universities which have language exam exit requireme...
by Joe
Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:06 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Why Past Simple in "The Chinese invented printing"
Replies: 1
Views: 7772

Re: Why Past Simple in "The Chinese invented printing"

Printing and the Chinese are continuing in the present, but the actual act of invention is in the past.

The Chinese have used printing presses for a long time.
The Chinese invented printing.

I hope these pages on verbs and tenses will help you.
by Joe
Mon Dec 20, 2010 9:31 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: communicative activities
Replies: 3
Views: 5400

Re: communicative activities

elizabeth wrote:I suggested the use of communicative activities in English clubs at school
Here are some ideas about starting English clubs.
by Joe
Sun Nov 14, 2010 4:54 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Small Talk
Replies: 2
Views: 4391

Re: Small Talk

There is a section on EnglishClub.com about small talk.
by Joe
Tue Oct 26, 2010 2:06 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Get Rid Of
Replies: 2
Views: 5705

Re: get rid of

If you mean in the sense of "I can't get this song out of my mind", then yes - in context . For example: "I heard this song on the tele last night and I can't get it out of my mind. I just can't get rid of it." Anyone would understand it from the context but out of context I'm not sure that it's nor...
by Joe
Wed Oct 20, 2010 4:53 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Past Perfect/Past Perfect Continuous Conditionals
Replies: 3
Views: 6831

Re: Past Perfect/Past Perfect Continuous Conditionals

OnlineEnglish wrote:"If I had worked tomorrow, I could not have agreed."?
That would be: If I'd been working tomorrow, I could not have agreed.
by Joe
Sun Oct 17, 2010 2:38 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Past Perfect/Past Perfect Continuous Conditionals
Replies: 3
Views: 6831

Re: Past Perfect/Past Perfect Continuous Conditionals

The page you refer to (http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verb-tenses_sys-tense-time.htm) simply lists a few examples of how different tenses can be used to talk about different times. It should not be taken as exhaustive. However, I don't believe that the structure you propose ("If I had worked tom...
by Joe
Sat Jul 17, 2010 8:14 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: 2nd conditional tense semantics :D
Replies: 6
Views: 7456

Re: 2nd conditional tense semantics :D

Tangled web indeed :) Perhaps the confusion arises because English tenses don't necessarily correlate to time: "If I won a million euro" (past tense) refers to the future. ;-) Why try to reinvent the wheel? - If I said that I loved you would you say that you were mine? (both actions in present) - If...
by Joe
Fri Jul 16, 2010 11:20 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: 2nd conditional tense semantics :D
Replies: 6
Views: 7456

Re: 2nd conditional tense semantics :D

tell someone that something
say to someone "something"

Hope this answers part of your question. :D
by Joe
Thu Jun 17, 2010 8:21 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Told vs Said
Replies: 1
Views: 4395

Re: Told vs Said

This page on Say or Tell should help you.
by Joe
Sat May 15, 2010 11:02 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: word order
Replies: 5
Views: 7346

Re: word order

Both options are certainly possible and correct, but they might be used in different circumstances. One places more emphasis on the time/date, the other on the action.
by Joe
Sat May 15, 2010 10:42 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: The boy is playing [a/the] guitar ???
Replies: 11
Views: 51909

Re: Grammar problems.

2 and 3 are both possible
by Joe
Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:35 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: have to
Replies: 6
Views: 8748

Re: have to

I know this answer but the answers I provide are true? Re your answers: 1. not correct. It should be: "We didn't have to walk." 2. correct, but may not be entirely idiomatic. British would more likely say: "She's got a car, hasn't she?" [as in "She has got a car, has n't she?"] Another (I think Ame...
by Joe
Sun Aug 23, 2009 8:48 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: since I didn't stay up
Replies: 3
Views: 5865

Re: since I didn't stay up

Unless you're talking in your sleep the sentence doesn't make sense - and even then it wouldn't really.
by Joe
Sun Aug 23, 2009 8:46 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: It's been a long time
Replies: 1
Views: 3995

Re: It's been a long time

Both OK here in UK, though 1 might be more idiomatic as:

It's a long time since I've seen you.
by Joe
Sun Aug 23, 2009 8:44 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: I am feeling much better since
Replies: 2
Views: 4860

Re: I am feeling much better since

2 doesn't seem right in BrE, and I suspect not in AmE.
by Joe
Sun Aug 23, 2009 8:41 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: To be swelled
Replies: 1
Views: 3991

Re: To be swelled

If you mean something like a bank account, yes, it's possible; though instinctively I feel it's more likely to be used for a debt.

The national deficit has swollen to $3 trillion.
by Joe
Sun Aug 23, 2009 8:37 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Direct Question and Indirect Question
Replies: 1
Views: 5853

Re: Direct Question and Indirect Question

An indirect question is an embedded question - that is, question that is not in normal question form with a question mark; it occurs within another statement or question and generally follows statement structure, eg: We don't know what we should do. (What should we do?) I don't know where he went. (...
by Joe
Fri Jun 19, 2009 2:12 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Instant resources for LAZY Summer School teachers
Replies: 0
Views: 5095

Instant resources for LAZY Summer School teachers

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by Joe
Sat Jul 05, 2008 10:29 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: What is the difference between "read" and "to read"?
Replies: 1
Views: 3258

Re: What is the difference between "read" and "to read"?

You may find this page helpful:
http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verb ... s_main.htm
by Joe
Thu Jul 03, 2008 12:26 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Contractions
Replies: 6
Views: 13263

Re: Contractions

These pages may help: http://www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/contractions.htm
by Joe
Wed Jul 02, 2008 5:58 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: How do you do!
Replies: 2
Views: 5833

Re: How do you do!

Sorry, but "How do you do?" is only used formally, and only the first time you meet someone. To keep it simple: good morning: midnight to noon good afternoon: noon to 1800 good evening: 1800 to midnight Or to keep it simpler still, they can say "hello" (or "hello, how are you?") all day and all nigh...
by Joe
Mon Feb 18, 2008 3:08 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: New RELEASE!: Talking TEFL - world's first TEFL documentary
Replies: 0
Views: 5084

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