July 30th, 2010 in English Teaching
Let them talk
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.
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.)
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.
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
Any question which offers a choice between two possible answers. Another name for Yes-No question.
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.