PHRASAL VERBS

Though everything can be learned, nothing can be taught and this is truer in trying to teach a language than in anything else. For decades I have been trying to teach phrasal verbs. Phrasal verbs are phrases of usually two words, the first being a verb and the second a preposition. This is a hot … Continue reading PHRASAL VERBS

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Remedial Grammar

I Choose formal usage.  During the Vietnam War, Admiral Elko Zumwalt, (was, were) commanding a special group of sailors in small boats. These boats (was, were) called “brown-water” units because they patrolled the muddy rivers of South Vietnam. Under Admiral Zumwalt’s command (was, were) his own son Lieutenant Elmo Zumwalt III. The brown-water casualty rates … Continue reading Remedial Grammar

Reported Speech (Lesson)

Reported Speech English teacher: This is a very important lesson. Our English teacher said that this was a very important lesson. The first sentence contains the actual words of the speaker. Usually this appears in quotations, like, The English teacher said, “This is a very important lesson.” However, when you go home and tell this … Continue reading Reported Speech (Lesson)

Conditional Clauses Exercises

Conditional Clauses  Sentences with ‘if’ in them are called conditional sentences. The clause which contains ‘if’ is called a conditional clause.1.1. Is it true that you were ill? I didn’t know that.If I had known that, I would have visited you.1.2. I hear that he needed some money. Nobody told me. So, I didn’t know.If … Continue reading Conditional Clauses Exercises

Conditional Clauses

Conditional Clauses Sentences with ‘if’ in them are called conditional sentences. The clause which contains ‘if’ is called conditional clauses. 1.1. Is it true that you were ill? I didn’t know that. If I had known that, I would have visited you. 1.2. I hear that he needed some money. Nobody told me. So, I … Continue reading Conditional Clauses

A short play on invitations

The Clever Book Seller A short Play Narrator: Would you like to watch a play? This is the story of a salesman. He sells books. One day the manager gives him a new assignment. Manager: I know you are very good at sales. Salesman: Thank you, Sir! M: There will be a training session next … Continue reading A short play on invitations