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Forum: English Questions May 19th, 2022, 03:07 am
Replies: 1
Views: 126
Posted By susan53
Re: If conditional

It's not a matter of grammatical correctness but of meaning.

The expression "If only" expresses a wish - ie that things could be different from reality. The thing wished for is hypothetical. So the...
Forum: English Questions Mar 31st, 2022, 07:10 am
Replies: 5
Views: 213
Posted By susan53
Re: The future seen from the past

Alex - This reminded me that you'd already asked a question about "will" - you'll find it here and you'll see that my answer is very much in line with what I said above :...
Forum: English Questions Mar 29th, 2022, 08:27 am
Replies: 5
Views: 213
Posted By susan53
Re: The future seen from the past

As I said. There is no such thing as future in the past as far as verbs are concerned. All English verbs which refer to time are either present or past. There are no future forms. Compare ;
1. Sorry...
Forum: English Questions Mar 28th, 2022, 08:03 am
Replies: 5
Views: 213
Posted By susan53
Re: The future seen from the past

Because of the difference in meaning.

WILL expresses two concepts:
1. Prediction - as in "She'll be working late" which expresses your prediction of the event
and
2. Volition - here your intention...
Forum: Advertise Your Services Jan 27th, 2022, 07:27 am
Replies: 0
Views: 277
Posted By susan53
Are you taking Delta Module One this summer?

There are still a couple of places left on our Delta Module One Revision and Exam Preparation Course, which leads up to this June's exam. It's a special offer this year because :


it only costs...
Forum: English Questions Jan 16th, 2022, 05:34 am
Replies: 3
Views: 306
Posted By susan53
Re: Grammatical advice

Two reasons - grammar and meaning.

Grammar

1. To contact someone (verb - contact + object) Eg: I didn't feel well so I contacted my doctor.

2. To have contact with someone ( verb have + object...
Forum: English Questions Jan 14th, 2022, 09:01 am
Replies: 3
Views: 306
Posted By susan53
Re: Grammatical advice

Hi Alex,

a) Either verb form is fine here. As always, grammatical form you choose depends on how you perceive the event.
In the interview, you should wear an informal suit... means that you see it...
Forum: Introductions Sep 4th, 2021, 10:31 am
Replies: 19
Views: 3,738
Posted By susan53
Re: Hi from spain

Hi Sonia,
Welcome to the site - hope we'll see you on the forums regularly.
How do you find Spain after S. Africa.? it's a country I've never been to personally, but everyone i know who's taught...
Forum: Introductions Aug 25th, 2021, 07:45 am
Replies: 2
Views: 304
Posted By susan53
Re: Hello from Bangkok

Welcome to the forums Terry - and I hope you'll be active. It can get horribly quiet round here sometimes. I'm just a a couple of years away from 50 years of EFL teaching - but not long to go!

I'd...
Forum: Teaching ESL Aug 3rd, 2021, 02:42 am
Replies: 6
Views: 694
Posted By susan53
Re: Challenges faced in teaching reading

I'm afraid that there's no one simple solution here as the children are of different ages (and therefore at different stages cognitively) and are mixed ability in terms of language proficiency. In...
Forum: Teaching ESL Aug 2nd, 2021, 09:09 am
Replies: 6
Views: 694
Posted By susan53
Re: Challenges faced in teaching reading

Sorry - I misread your message as "I've updated my profile" rather than "my post" - which is why I couldn't find anything. Don't have time now I'm afraid, but will get back to you.
Forum: Teaching ESL Jul 29th, 2021, 05:11 am
Replies: 6
Views: 694
Posted By susan53
Re: Challenges faced in teaching reading

Sorry - I've checked but can't see anything. I suppose it would be in the box "Additional information" but it just says "N/A" which I presume means "not available".

In the meantime I've thought of...
Forum: Teaching ESL Jul 28th, 2021, 03:40 am
Replies: 6
Views: 694
Posted By susan53
Re: Challenges faced in teaching reading

Are you working with children whose first language is English (or who are already bilingual) or with children with a different first language and low English proficiency? If so, what are their first...
Forum: Advertise Your Services Apr 2nd, 2021, 10:07 am
Replies: 0
Views: 356
Posted By susan53
Free mini-webinars April - Exam Tips for Delta M1

If you're doing the Delta Module One exam this summer or if you're thinking of starting the course and want to find out more about the exam, join us for a series of free mini-webinars in April ...
Forum: Advertise Your Services Mar 24th, 2021, 03:44 am
Replies: 0
Views: 312
Posted By susan53
Delta Module One - Revision Course : Special Offer!

Are you taking the Delta Module One exam this summer? Were running a special offer for our Revision and Exam Preparation course - immediate access from enrolment until the exam for the same price as...
Forum: English Questions Mar 8th, 2021, 11:15 am
Replies: 4
Views: 2,291
Posted By susan53
Re: Which tense(s) is/are correct?

Thank you roozbehrah. I hope you find the answers useful. If you've got any of your own, don't hesitate to post them.
Forum: English Questions Feb 22nd, 2021, 07:01 am
Replies: 5
Views: 666
Posted By susan53
Re: The noun before a relative pronoun

It's really closer to a non-defining clause, as it really just adds information. That's why I think that sounds a bit odd here - notice I've used which. It's a grey area. Again the problem is the...
Forum: English Questions Feb 18th, 2021, 04:57 am
Replies: 5
Views: 666
Posted By susan53
Re: The noun before a relative pronoun

First of all, remember what I've said again and again. It's not a matter of rules but of meaning/context. Trying to combine the propositions (ideas) without knowing the context makes no sense. So for...
Forum: English Questions Feb 14th, 2021, 04:51 am
Replies: 4
Views: 526
Posted By susan53
Re: Present per./ present per. cont.

Either - as I said, in this situation they're equivalent.
Forum: English Questions Feb 13th, 2021, 06:57 am
Replies: 4
Views: 526
Posted By susan53
Re: Present per./ present per. cont.

The problem lies in the first sentence which should be We are film producers - it's a compound noun with the first noun acting adjectivally, so it can't be plural.

First of all :

One use of the...
Forum: English Questions Feb 12th, 2021, 06:12 am
Replies: 4
Views: 558
Posted By susan53
Re: Relative Clauses

Either it was an activity specifically on creating defining relative clauses, where you were told to embed the first proposition into the second (which doesn't mean it can't be done differently,...
Forum: English Questions Feb 11th, 2021, 04:18 am
Replies: 4
Views: 558
Posted By susan53
Re: Relative Clauses

You're mixing up sentences and clauses. Each of your examples is of two sentences- each composed of a main clause, which are then combined into one sentence which has a main clause and a subordinate...
Forum: English Questions Feb 8th, 2021, 07:50 am
Replies: 1
Views: 464
Posted By susan53
Re: Used to

No problems at all from the grammatical point of view. "Yesterday" is not the time of the habitual /permanent event but of the one that stopped it. As always, however, it depends what meaning you...
Forum: English Questions Jan 29th, 2021, 05:03 am
Replies: 1
Views: 534
Posted By susan53
Re: Future tenses

First of all, these aren't tenses - tense involves morphological marking of the verb - eg addition of 3rd person -s of past -ed - and English only has two - past and present. So both of these verb...
Forum: English Questions Dec 31st, 2020, 03:19 am
Replies: 3
Views: 638
Posted By susan53
Re: Past s. & past c.

How about...

I didn't get good grades while I was taking the course (so in the end I gave up)

I didn't see the car coming while I was crossing the road (but luckily it stopped in time)

When I was...
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