Archive for July, 2010

ESL Teaching Tips

July 30th, 2010 in English Teaching

Let them talk

Participles and the formation of perfect tenses

July 28th, 2010 in English Grammar, English Learning

Participles are incomplete verb forms. In order to function as real verbs, they should be used with auxiliary verbs.

There are two kinds of participles in English: the present participle and the past participle.

Common Idioms Part II

July 25th, 2010 in Vocabulary

To a fault
If someone does something to a fault, they do it excessively.

He is generous to a fault. (= He is too generous. He is so generous that his generosity is a fault.)

Reporting a question, command or request

July 24th, 2010 in English Grammar, English Learning

In reporting a question, the indirect speech is introduced by verbs such as asked, inquired etc.

When the question is not introduced by an interrogative word, the reporting verb is followed by if or whether.

Common Idioms

July 23rd, 2010 in Vocabulary

Eat humble pie (apologize humbly)

I think I am right, but if I am wrong, I am ready to eat humble pie.

Meet something half way

Grammar terms beginning with P – part II

July 22nd, 2010 in English Grammar, English Learning

Polar question
Any question which offers a choice between two possible answers. Another name for Yes-No question.

Grammar Terms Beginning with P – Part I

July 19th, 2010 in English Grammar, English Learning, Improve English


The label person refers to the grammatical category which distinguishes participants in a conversation. English distinguishes three persons: first person, second person and third person.