Archive for May, 2010

Telephoning

May 14th, 2010 in English Learning

British people usually give their number or name when answering a private call.

Hello. Susan Fernandez.
Hello. Ardington five three oh double four. (=53044)

In American English, the following pattern is more common.

Whoever, whatever etc

May 12th, 2010 in English Grammar, English Learning

The expressions whoever and whatever are used to express surprise or difficulty in believing something.

Who ever is that cute girl with Peter?
What ever are you doing there?
How ever did you manage to solve that problem? I couldn’t.

Grammatical Terms Beginning with the Letter M

May 9th, 2010 in English Grammar, English Learning

Main clause

The label main clause refers to a clause which is capable of making a meaningful sentence by itself. A sentence will always have at least one main clause. For example, in the sentence ‘John finished his work’, the whole sentence is the main clause.

With – Uses

May 8th, 2010 in English Grammar, English Learning, Improve English

With is used in a number of expressions that say how people express their emotions and sensations. Common expressions are: green with envy, blue with cold, white with fear or rage, red with anger or embarrassment etc.

Correct Use of Would

May 7th, 2010 in English Grammar, English Learning

Would is the past tense form of will. It is a modal auxiliary verb. After would, infinitives are used without to.

I would like some advice. (NOT I would to like some advice.)

Exclamations

May 6th, 2010 in English Grammar, Improve English

Exclamations are often constructed with how and what. Exclamations with so and such are also common.

Exclamations with how
Exclamations with how are now considered a little formal or old-fashioned. In this construction how is followed by an adjective.

Ever – Correct Use

May 5th, 2010 in English Grammar, English Learning, Improve English

Ever means ‘at any time’. It is mainly used in questions. In affirmative sentences we use always and in negative sentences we use never.

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