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Direct And Indirect Speech.

Teacher Lee. I have found an error in following sentences, and also have corrected them. The sentence 3 is correct (my opinion). 1. Teacher Lee said “…..” 2. “Tennis is a great game!” Roger Federer yelled. 3. CORRECT. 4.”…..,” my … Continue reading

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Reported Speech And The Subjunctive Mood.

Hello everyone. Today, I studied direct speech lesson, and indirect speech too (part one). I learned that indirect speech (or reported speech) usually use present tense and past tense. For example: A- Teacher Lee says that direct speech is very … Continue reading

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Writing Essays – The Five-Paragraph Model

From Leyla: We usually start writing essays Like this: The Five-Paragraph Essay Model Although  more advanced academic papers are a category all their own, the basic high school or college essay has the following standardized, five-paragraph structure: Paragraph 1: Introduction Paragraph … Continue reading

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Comparisons

This discussion came up in another group. I thought I’d share my reply here. When using “than”, a TRUE comparison between two things requires the verb “to be”: Pattern: A is ____ than B. He is taller than I am. … Continue reading

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Sentence Writing – Step 4

  http://audioboom.com/posts/5374379-sentence-writing-step-4-fanboys-example-sentences.mp3 Introduction In Step 1 we looked at simple sentences with subject, verb, indirect object, and direct object. In Step 2 we added adjectives, adverbs, and prepositional phrases. In Step 3 we added dependent relative clauses using relative pronouns. … Continue reading

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Sentence Writing – Step 3

Introduction Our next trick to embellishing our simple sentences is to add some dependent relative clauses. A relative clause has a subject, verb, and a relative pronoun. The following are examples of relative pronouns: who, whom, whose when, where, why … Continue reading

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Sentence Writing – Step 2

Introduction Now that we know how to write simple sentences, let’s learn how to embellish them so they don’t sound too simple. After all, we all want to sound more sophisticated, don’t we? How can we enhance our simple sentences … Continue reading

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Sentence Writing – Step 1

Journey with me through this short course and let me know if you learn something new. Introduction A clause is a group of words that contain a subject and verb. A simple sentence is one that has only one clause. … Continue reading

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Pattern – Don’t let a little thing like that…

“Don’t let a little thing like…” is a pattern that means “don’t let that major obstacle stop you”. It is spoken sarcastically and affectionately with friends. Don’t let a little thing like poverty stop you from becoming president! Don’t let … Continue reading

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Direct and Indirect Speech – Part 1

I often see students make mistakes when using indirect speech. I will refer to “indirect speech” as reported speech because someone it telling, or reporting to, someone what someone else said. This was a suggested topic for discussion, so here … Continue reading

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Direct and Indirect Speech – Part 2

In Part 1, we discussed what reported speech was. In this part, we will learn how to convert direct speech to reported speech. When doing this, we must consider the following: What pronoun should we use? (depends on who you … Continue reading

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Would, Could, Should: Mastering These Would Be Good

Shylu requested me to discuss three very important words in English: Would – implies a willingness to do something (related to modal verb “will”) Could – implies an ability to do something (related to modal verb “can”) Should – implies … Continue reading

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Direct vs. Indirect Questions

Introduction You may recall that I previously posted a discussion in this group about Direct and Indirect Speech. Related to that topic are direct and indirect questions. Reporting direct questions indirectly using reported speech often gives English learners trouble, so … Continue reading

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Collective Nouns – Is it Its or Theirs?

I’m sure this topic has been covered before in many places, so consider this a refresher course. What is a collective noun? A collective noun is a noun that refers to or describes a group of people or things. It … Continue reading

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Your Company — Do you work in it, for it, or at it?

This is a quick topic that arose in one of my Write It Right discussions. I thought I would share it here. I used to work for a company called Westinghouse. It has a main headquarters (HQ) building in Pittsburgh, … Continue reading

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Articles, Quantifiers, and Determiners

Irina asked me to post a lesson on possessive nouns. This lesson covers that and a little more. This information is a condensed and reorganized version of information found at this website. ====================================================== Articles, quantifiers, and determiners are certain types … Continue reading

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Participial Phrases Are Powerful

One student asked me to explain the difference between these two sentences: I saw a cat jump in the car. I saw a cat jumping in the car. In #1,the cat jumped one time only. (saw = simple past tense) … Continue reading

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Two Adjective Patterns for Emphasis

A student recently commented that he liked the pattern “too (adjective) a (noun)”, as in: Our eyes are too precious a gift to risk losing. This is saying the same thing as: Our eyes are a gift. They are too … Continue reading

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Pattern: The more… the more…

Credits: Thanks to Jean for giving me the idea for this lesson. This lesson introduces a common grammar pattern that you may be unaware of. This pattern is (the more…the more…). The elegance of this pattern is that it is … Continue reading

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Just Because…

Blackmatta asked for a discussion of the word “because”. Well, the squeaky wheel gets the oil, so here it is, BM! Because as a Conjunction Let’s begin by reviewing some basics. A conjunction is a word that joins two things. … Continue reading

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