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Forum: English Questions Nov 2nd, 2019, 10:10 am
Replies: 2
Views: 79
Posted By susan53
Re: Chorus or Choir

By chance came across another possible term today - "chorale". I rather like that one.
Forum: English Questions Oct 31st, 2019, 06:55 am
Replies: 2
Views: 79
Posted By susan53
Re: Chorus or Choir

I'd choose "choir" - but then I'm British. "Chorus" for me is the refrain of a song - a few lines that occur again and again throughout the song (like We all live in a yellow submarine etc) or, if...
Forum: English Questions Oct 29th, 2019, 04:11 am
Replies: 3
Views: 77
Posted By susan53
Re: on my time

Not that I can think of.
Forum: English Questions Oct 27th, 2019, 02:44 am
Replies: 3
Views: 77
Posted By susan53
Re: on my time

It's very difficult to answer this question as you haven't given the context and, as always, interpretation of meaning is always affected by context.

However, the expression "to do something on...
Forum: English Questions Oct 25th, 2019, 05:38 am
Replies: 5
Views: 110
Posted By susan53
Re: Polite Requests

Any time when what is said is potentially a cause of embarrassment for the listener. Eg a request, where they might be "pushed" into having to refuse. Small requests are less likely to be refused...
Forum: English Questions Oct 24th, 2019, 04:08 am
Replies: 5
Views: 110
Posted By susan53
Re: Polite Requests

I talked above about the use of will/would to express volition. The other use is prediction.
Eg: John'll be lying on the beach at the moment makes a prediction about a present event (John lying on...
Forum: Teaching ESL Oct 22nd, 2019, 12:01 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 110
Posted By susan53
Re: Teaching Beginners Aged 5-8 - suggestions? :)

First of all, that's a wide age range. Psychological differences between kids of 5 and kids of 8 could mean thatthe 8 yr olds might find that activities thatthe 5 yr olds love are too babyish for...
Forum: English Questions Oct 21st, 2019, 12:09 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 110
Posted By susan53
Re: Polite Requests

Yes - all three are possible. It's nothing to do with grammar but a matter of meaning.

"Can" expresses possibility, so "Can you tell me..." just means "Is it possible for you to tell me..."

in the...
Forum: English Questions Oct 18th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 64
Posted By susan53
Re: Conditionals

Hi Alex,

The whole context of "conditional forms" is rubbish. Some colleagues and I once sat down and brainstormed about 89 different variations in about ten minutes! There are only clauses of...
Forum: English Questions Oct 17th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 148
Posted By susan53
Re: some pal you are!

More emphatic might be a better term.
Forum: English Questions Oct 16th, 2019, 12:01 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 75
Posted By susan53
Re: Imperative

As Little Sage says, this is absolutely fine grammatically (all negative imperative verbs use Don't) but out of context sounds a bit odd.

Something can be grammatically correct but not possible in...
Forum: English Questions Oct 15th, 2019, 11:58 am
Replies: 4
Views: 90
Posted By susan53
Re: Linking phrases

It's a bit odd in terms of meaning rather than position :

Meaning : As a result is a connective which links a cause to an effect - but here we seem to have...
Cause : advertising / Effect : dying ...
Forum: English Questions Oct 14th, 2019, 10:49 am
Replies: 9
Views: 148
Posted By susan53
Re: some pal you are!

Yes. The fronting of "some" and the noun just makes it sound a bit more dramatic.
Forum: English Questions Oct 11th, 2019, 09:50 am
Replies: 9
Views: 148
Posted By susan53
Re: some pal you are!

Not necessarily. As I said above, "some" just conveys the idea of something being extreme in some way. For example, imagine you'd been in a meeting where people had got really heated, and were...
Forum: English Questions Oct 7th, 2019, 08:59 am
Replies: 9
Views: 148
Posted By susan53
Re: some pal you are!

Yes you can use friend. "Pal" is a colloquial equivalent, used predominantly in American rather than British English. (Checking on Lextutor (https://lextutor.ca/conc/eng/) I found 1 instance in...
Forum: English Questions Oct 2nd, 2019, 06:29 am
Replies: 9
Views: 148
Posted By susan53
Re: some pal you are!

There are two things that need to be understood here:
a) the meaning of "some"
b) the meaning of the word order

"Some" here is understood as meaning "excellent/incredible", or in some way "extreme"....
Forum: English Questions Sep 22nd, 2019, 08:40 am
Replies: 11
Views: 323
Posted By susan53
Re: don't like to

As I have said above, as a British English speaker I would always say Do you like skiing? in this situation. But I know that in US English (which is rapidly influencing UK English too) the to +...
Forum: English Questions Sep 19th, 2019, 03:54 am
Replies: 11
Views: 323
Posted By susan53
Re: don't like to

Have a look at what I said in the second paragraph : For me, the sentence which expresses enjoyment is the version with like + Ving

As for your other question - in real life communication it's...
Forum: Teaching ESL Sep 14th, 2019, 03:02 am
Replies: 1
Views: 161
Posted By susan53
Re: Text book for 11 year old

It's awkward, as she's on the fringe between primary and secondary, but if you want something intellectually challenging, go fo secondary - especially if she's nearer 12 than 10.
Have a look at the...
Forum: English Questions Sep 10th, 2019, 10:23 am
Replies: 11
Views: 323
Posted By susan53
Re: don't like to

Have a look at my previous replies. Although I believe there's more overlap in American English, as a British English speaker I don't see them as both expressing enjoyment.

For me, the sentence...
Forum: English Questions Sep 6th, 2019, 12:02 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 323
Posted By susan53
Re: don't like to

In British English both of those examples would more likely use the Ving form, especially the second. In the first, as it's "tiring" there's also the idea that it's not recommendable so it would be...
Forum: English Questions Sep 1st, 2019, 11:10 am
Replies: 11
Views: 323
Posted By susan53
Re: don't like to

See my first reply here (http://www.eslhq.com/forums/esl-forums/english-questions/would-enjoy-v-ing-70024/)
before you read on.

As indicated there and in my other replies in this thread, when...
Forum: Teaching ESL Aug 3rd, 2019, 09:31 am
Replies: 3
Views: 269
Posted By susan53
Re: Need Assistance with Assignment

Sorry - but I haven't received a message from you.
Sue
Forum: Teaching ESL Jul 23rd, 2019, 05:53 am
Replies: 3
Views: 269
Posted By susan53
Re: Need Assistance with Assignment

I'll happily answer - but in a private message. Add me to your friend list and I'll send you my answers.
Sue
Forum: English Questions Jul 22nd, 2019, 01:42 am
Replies: 11
Views: 323
Posted By susan53
Re: don't like to

No - if you've never done something, how can you know if you enjoy doing it or not? You're talking here about what you want to do - not about what you enjoy. So you can say :
I've never played...
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