Blanca’s blog

Blog 1 – Introduction

My name is Blanca. I’m living in Community of Madrid.  Its name is Tres Cantos situated 22 kms from the center at the North of the capital.   It’s very young, about 40 years.

I worked like a teacher for years till my retire.

I love languages, and chat with people from different countries.

I was on Holly’s webside and now I love to be here with all of you.

Thanks Lee.

9 comments

  1. From my high school Latin, I would guess that Tres Cantos means "three songs".  Am I close?


    Grammar tips

    My name is Blanca. I’m living in the Community of Madrid.  Its name is Tres Cantos and it is situated 22 kilometers from the center at the North of the capital.   It’s very young, about 40 years old

    I worked like as a teacher for years until my retirement

    I love languages, and chatting with people from different countries.

    I was on Holly’s website, and now I love being to be here with all of you.

    “till” and “until” are equivalent. I prefer “until” because it sounds better.

    1. Teacher Lee.  

      As far as I know we can use an infinitive, or a gerund after the verb 'love". 

       

      1. Why have you used  "being"  instead of "to be" in the sentence? 

      2. What change does it give in the meaning of the sentence?  

      3. Is there any rule for using "infinitive", or "gerund" after verbs similar to "love, like, hate, prefer, start and so on, please? 
      I have read somewhere we can use both infinitive or gerund after above verbs.
      4. In which cases should we use “till”, please?
      I have read somewhere “until” is a Subordinate Conjunction”. Is your above change because of it?

       

      Thanks,

      1. Those are good questions, Bijan. I'm leaving a comment to hopefully get a notification when someone replies. 

        I think "love to + infinitive"  is used in excuses as in "I'd love to come to the dinner but I have to work overtime". 

      2. 1. Why have you used  "being"  instead of "to be" in the sentence?  (emphasizes in progress – with us here NOW)

        2. What change does it give in the meaning of the sentence?  See #1.

        3. Is there any rule for using "infinitive", or "gerund" after verbs similar to "love, like, hate, prefer, start and so on, please?  No.  Case-by-case basis.  Learn from dictionary and natives.  There are lists for reference.  See this link.

        4. In which cases should we use “till”, please?

        "till" and "until" are equivalent in most cases.  I tend to prefer "until" because it sounds better and fits all situations.  In this post, "till" is acceptable.  I will qualify my comment above.

        I have read somewhere “until” is a Subordinate Conjunction”. Is your above change because of it?  Yes.

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