#GrammarTrivia: Expressions Followed by “-ing”

Hello, fellas. In this session we will discuss several expressions which are followed by –ing.

1) have fun/a good time
Example: I had fun watching movies.

have trouble/difficulty
Example: We had trouble looking for the key.

have a hard time/difficult time
Example: They had a hard time climbing the ladder.

2) spend/waste + expression of time or money
Example: Steve spent a lot of time reading novels.

3) sit/stand/lie + expression of place
Example: Angela sat on the floor typing a letter.

4) find/catch + pro(noun)
Both find and catch carry the meaning of discover.
Example: On my way home, I found a man crying for help.

Source:
Betty Schrampfer Azar, Understanding and Using English Grammar: Third Edition

Compiled and written by @fathrahman for @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, March 16, 2019

#GrammarTrivia: “Seem” vs. “look”

Hola, Fellas! It’s finally Friday again. How do you do during this week? I hope you are doing well. This evening we are going to have a discussion about the difference between ‘seem’ and ‘look.’ In this term, both words are considered as copular verbs. Do you know what copular verb is?

Copular verb is a verb that connects subject of sentence to a subject complement. In other words, copular verb is linking verb. There are some words that are considered as copular verbs, such as ‘feel,’ ‘look,’ ‘smell,’ ‘taste,’ etc.  In this occasion, we will specifically talk about ‘look’ and its common substitute, ‘seem.’

Sometimes, you might face a confusion on whether you should use ‘seem’ or ‘look’ to express your opinion of an object. As illustration,

  • “She (look/seem) happy today.”
  • “You (look/seem) pretty today.”

Which verb will you choose to complete each of the example?

“You look pretty today.” “She looks happy today.” – @NeNi961111 

Seem and look. – @Syalaladubidum

You look pretty today. She seems happy today. – @niaangreinny

You look pretty today. She seems happy today. Am I right? – @innecfc

‘Look’ for the second question and ‘seem’ for the first I guess. – @ryutz_

“Seem”

In the first example, I would choose “seem” as the answer. “Seem” is a general copular verb to express our sense/impression about something. On the other words, we use “seem” when the judgement is subjective, it’s like you are using your intuition.

On the other hands, we can also say “She looks happy today” if we see her laughing or smiling. Here are some examples on how to use “seem’ in a sentence,

  • “The task seems difficult to be accomplished,”
  • “It seems like we are going to have a long chat this evening.”

“Look”

Meanwhile, I would say “You look pretty today” in the second illustration. “Look” is generally used as a result of a physical observation of an objectSo, you would say “look” if you can see the appearance of the object. For example,

  • “You look stylish with this dress,”
  • “This area looks dirty with these scattered trashes.”

 

source:

Compiled and written by @mettaa_ for @EnglishTips4u on Friday, March 15, 2019

#EngTips: HOW TO KEEP A CONVERSATION GOING

Hello fellas, I’m happy to meet you again today. How are you today?

Fellas, as non-native speakers, have you ever felt stuck and confused in the middle of a conversation? Especially since the conversation is done in English.

Sometimes, when we meet with international friends, we must keep a conversation going to give them sufficient details about us. However, when we feel confused because we don’t know what to say, the conversation will stop.

Example:
“Did you have a good weekend?”
“Yes, I did. You?”
“Yeah, it was good.”

The conversation will stop because there is no natural way to continue it. A brief conversation with strangers are fine from time to time, but if it is someone we know, a longer chat will be expected.

Here is how to keep a conversation going:

1. Ask questions and start with 5W + 1H (What, Who, Where, When, Why, How). Avoid yes or no questions.


2. Answer the questions with elaborated details that will help you continue the conversations.

3. Try interesting topics such as family, hobbies, sports, movie, TV shows, culture, music, recent events, travelling, or interesting places in the city where you live. Avoid such topics as religion, politics, sex life, personal finance, or health issues.

Check this long conversation as an example:
James: “Hey, Rachel, how was your weekend?”
Rachel: “Pretty good! I went to a baseball game with my brother.”
James: “Really? What teams were playing?”

Rachel: “The Red Sox and The Yankees. We are huge Yankees fans!”
James: “Yeah? How was the game?”
Rachel: “Very exciting. It was tied until the last minutes, and then we won 2-1.”

You can see from the example that both persons tried to keep the conversation going. James asked questions and Rachel answered enthusiastically.

To have a good conversation in English with your international friends, a regular practice is necessary. That is all for today, fellas! If you have questions about this or previous sessions, don’t hesitate to mention us.

Hopefully today’s topic could help you brush up your English conversation skill. See you tomorrow!

Compiled and written by @2013happyy for @englishtipsforyou on Wednesday, March 13,2019

#WOTD: Impetus

Hi, Fellas! How are you doing? How are your days so far? This evening we meet again in word of the day session. This time I am going to share ‘impetus’ as the topic. Have you ever heard about this word?

Impetus is adopted from Latin, ‘impetere,’ which means to attack. In a sentence, ‘impetus’ acts as a noun with a meaning a force to activate a process or to increase its activity. In addition, this word could mean a force in order to make something moving.

There are some synonyms of ‘impetus,’ such as

  • ‘boost,’
  • ‘stimulant,’
  • ‘encouragement,’
  • ‘motivation,’ etc.

 

To complete this discussion, I would like to give some sentences with ‘impetus.’

  • “The picture of a large sum of money is the impetus of corruption.”
  • “The permission to study abroad could be the impetus, so he’s been study harder lately.”

Compiled and written by @mettaa_ for @EnglishTips4u on Friday, March 1, 2019

#EngVocab: Other Ways to Say ‘Like’

Do you know other ways to say ‘like’?
Today we will learn about other words to say ‘like’.

Let’s start.

  • Relish: to like or enjoy something.

E.g. “I relish the challenge of doing jobs that others turn down.”

  • Keen: to be eager, excited or interested in something.

E.g. “She’s very keen to learn about Japanese culture.”

  • Fond: having an affection or liking for.

E.g. “My family are all fond of going to the cinema.”

  • Applaud: show strong approval of (a person or action).

E.g. “We applaud the family’s decision to remain silent over the issue.”

  • Esteem: respect and admiration, typically for a person.

E.g. “I esteem your uncle for his kindness.”

  • Fancy: to like or want something.

E.g. “Do you fancy going out for lunch at the restaurant?”

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, March 2, 2019.

#EngClass: Reciprocal Pronouns

Reciprocal (adj.): given or done in return; [grammar] expressing mutual action.

What is reciprocal pronoun in English grammar? A reciprocal pronoun is a pronoun which is used to indicate that two or more people are carrying out or have carried out an action of some type, with both receiving the benefits or consequences of that action simultaneously. Any time something is done or given in return, reciprocal pronouns are used.


We use reciprocal pronouns when each of two or more subjects is acting in the same way towards the other.
For example:
A is talking to B, and B is talking to A. So we say:
A and B are talking to each other.

The action is “reciprocated”.
*John talks to Mary and Mary talks to John.
* I give you a present and you give me a present.
*The dog bites the cat and the cat bites the dog.


There are only two reciprocal pronouns, and they are both two words:
* Each other
* One another


We use these reciprocal pronouns for the following contents:
There must be two or more people, things or groups involved (so we cannot use reciprocal pronouns with I, you [singular], he/she/it). They must be doing the same thing.

Examples are specified as follows:
*John and Mary love each other.
* Peter and David hate each other.
* Both teams played hard against each other.
* We gave each other gifts.
* Why don’t you believe each other?
* They can’t see each other.
* The gangsters were fighting one another.
* The boats were bumping against each other in the storm.

Reference:
Simaibang, Baginda. 2018. English Grammar for Foreign Learners. Palembang : Citra Books Indonesia.

#EngTips: 3 Parts of a Paragraph

Hello, fellas. Are you are going to do academic writing? It is necessary that you learn the way of organizing your ideas because it is probably different from what you are accustomed to. At first, you can begin by learning a paragraph.

A paragraph is comprised of related sentences about a subject. It has three parts: a topic sentence, supporting sentences, and a concluding sentence.

1) The Topic Sentence

The topic sentence is used to tell the topic of a paragraph. It is usually placed at the beginning. It is neither too general nor too specific.

Example: The mix of cultures in Hawaii make weddings there very special occasions.

2) The Supporting Sentences

The supporting sentences give details about what topic the paragraph is going to discuss.

Examples:
Certainly, Hawaiian clothing, music, and other Hawaiian customs play a big role. For example, the bride often wears a long white holoku (wedding dress), and the groom wears a long-sleeved white shirt and pants with a red sash around his waist. Both of them wear leis (necklaces made of flowers). The bride’s lei is traditionally made of white flowers such as pikake (jasmine), and the groom’s is made of green maile leaves. Another Hawaiian custom is the blowing of conch shell three times to begin the ceremony. Hawaiian music is played both during the ceremony and during the luau (Hawaiian barbecue feast) afterward. Other customs included in the festivities depend on the ethnic backgrounds of the couple. For instance, there may be noisy firecrackers, a Chinese way of keeping bad spirits away. There may be a display of Japanese origami, or there may be a pandango, a Filipino custom. During a pandango, the wedding guests tape money together and wrap it around the couple during their first dance together as husband and wife.

3) The Concluding Sentence

The concluding sentence is the summary or paraphrase of the main points. However, not all paragraphs need it. A paragraph standing alone needs a concluding sentence. On the other hand, a paragraph of a longer piece of writing does not always need one. You should begin the sentence with a conclusion signal such as:

All in all,
In brief,
In conclusion,
Indeed,
In short,
In summary,
To conclude,
To summarize,
To sum up,
It is clear that…
These examples show that…
You can see that…

Example: All in all, a Hawaiian wedding is truly a magical, multicultural event.

Source:
Alice Oshima and Ann Hogue, Introduction to Academic Writing: Third Edition

Compiled and written by @fathrahman for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, March 3, 2019

#WOTD: Brusque

Today we will learn about ‘brusque’.
Do you know the meaning of the word ‘brusque’?

‘Brusque’ is an adjective.
‘Brusque’ is pronounced as /brəsk/.
#WOTD

‘Brusque’ means short and abrupt in manner or speech.
#WOTD

Some synonims of ‘brusque’:
1. Curt.
2. Gruff.
3. Blunt.
4. Outspoken.
5. Harsh.
#WOTD

Examples of ‘brusque’ in sentences:
“His secretary was quite brusque with me.”
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Examples of ‘brusque’ in sentences:
“The doctor spoke in a brusque tone.”
#WOTD

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, February 17, 2019.

#ENGCLASS: The Use of the One and Ones

When we are talking about countable things, we can use one or ones if it is clear what we are talking about. We use one and ones as a substitute of a noun mentiones before. Here the word one and ones mean (artinya) “yang.” To avoid repeating yourself, you can use one or ones. But it has to be clear from the situation what you are talking about.


We use one is used to replace a singular countable noun.

Examples:
– Which is your girl friend? The one with glasses?
– I like the hand phone. So, I take the silver one.
– I asked for a cup, but they did not have one.


The word ones is used to replace a plural countable noun.

Examples:
– I broke my glasses so I will have to buy some new ones.
– These shoes on shelf are too expensive.

– You can buy the ones on the floor.
Which shirts do you like? The ones over there.

You have to specify about which ones you mean. Check these examples:
– I broke my glasses so I will have to buy some NEW ones.
– I like those shoes, but let’s buy THESE ones.
Words like NEW or THESE specify which ones you mean.

If you do not specify which ones (i.e. you do not describe which ones with an adjective etc.), you should use SOME:
– I broke my glasses so I will have to buy SOME.
– I like those shoes. I think I will buy SOME.

We can use one with adjectives, but in that case we need to use a:
– I’d like to buy a house. If I can afford it, I’ll get a big one.

Notes:
– A very important point about using “one” is that it is referring to an indefinite thing.
You cannot use “one” to replace a definite thing, like “the car” or “my bike”, or a proper noun, like something’s name (e.g. “Sony”).

– In the definite case, you need a pronoun, like “it”.  Compare: “I need a pen. Do you have one?” and “The car broke down. I need to take it to the mechanic.”

References:
Matthew. 2015. One and Ones to Replace Countable Nouns. Retrieved from: https://poligo.com/en/articles/grammar/one-and-ones-replace-countable-nouns
Riyanto, Slamet, et al. A Handbook of English Grammar, An Effective Way to Master English. Pustaka Pelajar.

#EngTips: Opinion in IELTS Writing Task 2

Hello, fellas. Are you going to take the IELTS test? In this session we will learn how to answer one kind of questions in IELTS Writing Task 2. The question is about our opinion. Here is a sample question:

Space exploration is much too expensive and the money should be spent on more important things. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

An answer in IELTS Writing Task 2 is generally structured into 4-5 paragraphs. They are introduction, 2-3 body paragraphs and a conclusion.

1) Introduction

a. Paraphrasing the question
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “paraphrase” means “to say (something that someone else has said or written) using different words”.

Example:
Several people believe that space research is a waste of money and the fund should be allocated on more urgent issues.

(More on paraphrasing: https://englishtips4u.com/2018/05/24/engtips-paraphrasing/)

b. Thesis statement
This statement is used to state whether you agree or disagree with an opinion.

Example: I disagree with the statement for two reasons.

(More on thesis statement: https://englishtips4u.com/2014/09/14/engclass-thesis-statement/)

2) Body Paragraphs
Each body paragraph is written to support your thesis statement. It is comprised of a topic sentence and some supporting sentences.

Example:
First of all, many of the technologies we take for granted today were originated thanks to space research. Take satellite technology, for example, which we depend on for broadcasting and weather forecasting. Without satellites, we would not be able to follow global events as they happen, nor give populations any warning of approaching storms. Space research has also led to the development of new lightweight materials that offer us heat protection and enable food preservation. Therefore, the challenge of sending human beings into space has often driven the development of new technologies that benefit our everyday lives.
Second, we cannot foresee the distant future, so we ought to develop the capability to escape from the earth. Gradually, we are learning how humans can survive for long periods in space and even travel to other planets in the future. If space exploration is halted, this valuable knowledge will never be acquired. It is true that environmental destruction is also a serious issue, but it is also true that we remain dependent on our environment if we never accept the challenge of exploring other worlds.

3) Conclusion
The concluding paragraph restates the thesis statement and summarizes the body paragraphs.

Example:
In conclusion, while we undoubtedly face serious problems on our own planet, it is imperative that we continue to explore space. This will promote further technological advances as well as provide a possible means of escape should earth become uninhabitable in future. Ideally, all nations should cooperate in the advancement of space research.

(More on writing an essay: https://englishtips4u.com/2017/02/05/engtips-tips-on-writing-essay/)

Sources:
IELTS Academic, IELTS Writing Task 2: Opinion Essay with Sample Answer, https://ielts-academic.com/2012/06/24/ielts-writing-task-2-opinion-essay-with-sample-answer/
Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Alice Oshima and Ann Hogue, Introduction to Academic Writing: Third Edition

Compiled and written by @fathrahman for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, February 17, 2019

#IOTW Idioms Related to Money

Hi, Fellas! Good evening and happy Thursday! How’s your week so far?
This evening I am going to share idioms related to money.

Break the bank
Meaning :An idiom that can mean to use up all of one’s money is break the bank. This idiom can also mean to win all the money at a gambling table.:E.g. “ I know the Mobile Phone is expensive but it’s not going to break the bank.”

Dime a dozen
Meaning :something is easy to get or common
E.g. “I told him not be angry since guys like him are a dime a dozen.”

Bring home to the bacon
Meaning :Bring home the bacon is an idiom that stands for earning a salary. This idiom specifically suggests that the salary would be used to support a family.
E.g. “I work on weekends and Public holidays to bring home the bacon..”

Foot the bill
Meaning :Foot the bill is an idiom that means to pay for the fees.
E.g. “I will help my brother foot the bill of her college education.”

Get a run for one ‘s money
Meaning: The idiom get a run for one’s money denotes receiving a challenge. This idiom can also mean getting what one rightfully deserves.
E.g. “ The company is getting a run for its money from the small-sized yet innovative competitor.”

Worth its weight in gold
Meaning: Means that something is very valuable
E.g. “ They are an asset to the company and is certainly worth his weight in gold.”

Bread and butter
Meaning: The idiom bread and butter refers to one’s source of income. A person makes bread and butter with his or her jobs, businesses or other sources of earnings.
E.g. “ Writing is her bread and butter. Chika feeds and sends her kid to school with her earnings from writing online..”

It’s a wrap for now. Thank you for joining me. I hope it has been useful for you and…. Have a nice weekend, Fellas!

Compiled and written by @ijoojii for @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, February 14, 2019.

 

 

#EngVocab: Other Ways to Say ‘Tired’

Do you know other words to describe tiredness?
Today we will learn other ways to say ‘tired’.

Let’s start.

  • Debilitated: in severely weakened state.

E.g. “He is debilitated after the treatment.”

  • Weary: feeling extremely tired, especially as a result of excessive exertion.

Note: ‘Exertion’ is the physical or perceived use of energy.
E.g. “They felt weary after all the hard work.”

  • Jaded: exhausted; losing interest because you have experienced something too many times.

E.g. “You look jaded, you need a holiday.”

  • Sapped: gradually weaken; exhausted of all your reserve energy.

E.g. “Loss of bloods has sapped his movements.”

  • Enervated: feel drained of energy or vitality.

E.g. “If you feel enervated by the heat, let’s go swimming.”

  1. Prostrate: completely overcome and lacking vitality, will, or power to rise.
    E.g. “She was prostrate with grief after her son’s death.”

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, February 2, 2019.

#EngTalk: Horoscope

Hello fellas, how was your day? We meet again in Wednesday session with @Englishtips4u and today we will discuss astrology or also known as horoscope. Do you believe in horoscope? Most of the time, someone checks his or her horoscope out of pure fun. When we open a magazine or a newspaper and we see the horoscope monthly update, we can sometimes read or overlook it.

For those who read it, they do it to search any signs about fortune or lucky happenings in life, for fun. As we are all aware, there are 12 known zodiac signs that are compatible with our birthdays. Can you mention all 12 of them? Yes, they are Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius.

https://pixabay.com/en/zodiac-astrology-horoscope-2904106/

Strangely enough, millennials tend to show more interest in astrology, more than other generations do, according to this article : https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/horoscopes-millennials-why-do-so-many-believe-zodiac-star-signs-a7531806.html

Do you think the article makes sense? Or does anything happen to us is purely coincidental, regardless of our star sign? Share your thoughts and tweet us. Have you read this article? I find some opinion about millennials and the zodiac sign.

What we must avoid, however, is judging someone based on their zodiac sign. Someone who was born under the sign Libra could say, “It’s not my fault that I’m bad on decision making. I’m a Libra.

The article also mentioned a girl with Leo horoscope, who felt that she didn’t quite relate to her zodiac sign. She said that she would not define herself as someone who liked to be on the spotlight, although she did feel that she was a sociable and a creative type.

Continuing with the businesswoman on the article who was a Libra. She identified strongly with her zodiac sign and believed that she was a ‘typical Libran. The last one was a young girl from London, an Aries, who believed that she found herself always attracted to Aquarius guys, based on the horoscope.

However, as what we mentioned previously, we should avoid prejudice based on zodiac sign. Someone’s characteristics and personality are unique, which means we cannot really be sure that someone is behaving or doing a certain action because of his or her sign.

Similarly, we should not be discouraged either if our zodiac update says that there is something unfortunate to happen to us. It is good to stay optimistic, keep an open mind, and be careful at the same time.

That’s all for today, fellas! Thank you so much for joining today’s session. See you tomorrow!

Compiled and written by @2013happyy for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

#Engtips: Test Items and How to Teach Them

Types of Test Item

Test items and questions can be either direct or indirect. A direct test item asks the candidate to perform the skill that is being tested (for example, make an oral presentation). An indirect test item, on the other hand, examines the candidate’s knowledge of individual items of language.

Direct Test Items
Direct test items come in many forms as the following examples show:

  • In test of speaking, students can be asked to do such things as give an oral presentation.
  • In test of writing, students can be asked to do such things as write a letter or report.
  • In test of reading, students can be asked to transfer information from a written text to some kind of visual organizer (a pie chart, a graph, etc.) or match texts with pictures and headlines.
  • In test of listening, students can be asked to transfer the information they hear, or they can put pictures (or events) in the right sequence, or choose between different written summaries of what they hear.

Indirect Test Items
There are many different kinds of indirect test items.

  • For Gap Fills, students have to write a word or words in blanks. For example:

Complete the following sentences with one word for each blank.
She had a quick shower, but she didn’t _ any time to put on her makeup.

  • In cloze texts, every sixth (or seventh, etc.) word is a blank. The students have to understand the whole text in order to fill in the blanks. For example:

At school none of her (1) _ seemed to have remembered that (2) was her birthday either and (3) _ made her miserable.

  • In multiple-choice items, the students have to choose the correct (or perhaps the best) from three or four alternatives. For example:

Choose the correct answer:
There were _ people outside.
any b. a lot of c. much d. noneIn

  • In true/false items, the students have to say whether a statement about a reading text is true of false. For example:

Circle the correct answer:
Brittany went to bed at nine o’clock in the evening. true / false

  • For jumbled sentences tasks, the students have to put sentences in the correct order to make a coherent text, they have to put words in order to make correct sentences. For example:

Put the words in order to make correct sentences.
call / finished / for / left / no / she / sleeping / the / there / time / was / when

  • Sentence transformation exercises ask students to rewrite sentences in a slightly different form. For example:

Rewrite the sentence using the word given.
When she got home, Brittany was still tired so she lay down to have a bit of rest. (because)

  • Proofreading exercises ask students to identify the mistakes in certain sentences.
    For example:
    Underline the mistake in the following sentences.
    Luckily, she doesn’t wearing much makeup.


Candidates can also be asked to do matching tasks and we can give them dictations which test a range of competencies, such as listening, spelling, grammar, collocations, etc.

How to Prepare Students for Tests
Students are often highly motivated in exam classes because they have a clear goal to aim for. We can use their enthusiasm to help them prepare for achievement and proficiency tests.

  • We will give the students experience with the indirect test items that they are likely to meet. We will also give them strategies for dealing with multiple-choice questions. For example, they should find the most obvious distractors (the choices that are wrong), eliminate them and then focus on the possibilities that remain and try to work out what is being tested.
  • Students can do direct tasks which are similar to ones they will meet in the test, but we can also get them involved in any other activities and materials that will help them improve their English.
  • We can get the students to roleplay, oral interviews (one student plays the examiner)
  • Students can try to write their own exam items and give them to their classmates. This will give them a good idea of what is involved.
  • Students can give each other sections of tests to do or they can work in pairs and groups to discuss how to do them.

Reference:
Harmer, Jeremy. 2012. Teacher Knowledge Core Concept in English Language Teaching. England: Pearson Education Limited.

#GrammarTrivia: Other Forms of Conditional Sentences

Hello, fellas. On this Chinese Lunar New Year’s Day, we will discuss other forms of conditional sentences. According to Betty Schrampfer Azar, a conditional sentence usually comprises of an adverb clause of condition or if-clause, which contains a condition, and a result clause, which shows a result.

(More on conditional sentences: https://englishtips4u.com/2018/06/04/engclass-conditional-sentences-revisit/)

There are other words introducing adverb clauses of condition.

1) Whether or Not and Even If
Whether or not and even if mean that the result will be the same despite the condition.
Examples:
I am going to go the beach tomorrow whether or not it rains. (Or whether it rains or not)
I am going to go the beach tomorrow even if it rains.
(If it rains, I am going to the beach. If it does not rain, I am going to the beach. I do not care about the weather. It does not matter.)

2) In Case and In the Event That
In case and in the event that show that something will probably not occur, but it might. In the event that is more common in formal usage than in case.
Examples:
I will be online in case you need to contact me.
I will be online in the event that you need to contact me.

3) Unless
Unless has the same meaning as if…not.
Examples:
I will go to the beach tomorrow unless it rains.
I will go to the beach tomorrow if it does not rains.

4) Only If
Only if expresses the idea that only one condition will lead to a particular result. The subject and verb of the result clause are inverted when only if begins a sentence.
Examples:
The picnic will be cancelled only if it rains.
Only if it rains will the picnic be cancelled.

(More on inversion with negative words: https://englishtips4u.com/2012/11/06/engclass-inversion-sentences-begin-with-negative-adverbs/ and https://englishtips4u.com/2018/11/21/grammartrivia-inverted-subjects-and-verbs-with-negative-expressions-or-comparisons/)

Source:
Betty Schrampfer Azar, Understanding and Using English Grammar: Third Edition

Compiled and written by @fathrahman for @EnglishTips4U on Tuesday, February 5, 2019

#WOTD: Foray

Hi, Fellas! How are you doing? In this evening we are going to have word of the day session. Anyway, have you heard about ‘foray’?

‘Foray’ originally comes from Middle English ‘forrayen,’ which means ‘forager.’

We can use ‘foray’ either as a noun or a verb in a sentence. If you regard it as a noun, ‘foray’ means a sudden invasion/attack. On the other hand, it also means an attempt to try a new activity. In addition, ‘foray’ always refers a new territory/scope or a new occupation. 

There are some synonyms of ‘foray,’ such as ‘irruption,’ ‘invasion,’ and ‘raid.’

Lastly, here are some example of sentences with ‘foray,’

  • “I heard that last night the police forayed that abandoned building. So, it’s true that there had been a suspicious activity there.”
  • “The author forayed into romance.”

Compiled and written by @mettaa_ for @EnglishTips4u on Friday, February 1, 2019

#WOTD: Pretermit

Today we will learn about ‘pretermit’.
Do you know the meaning of the word ‘pretermit’?

‘Pretermit’ is a verb.
‘Pretermit’ is pronounced as /ˌprēdərˈmit/.

‘Pretermit’ means to neglect (leave undone or leave out); to disregard intentionally (allow to pass unnoticed or unmentioned).

Some synonims of ‘pretermit’:
1. Omit.
2. Ignore.
3. Abandon.
4. Overlook.

Examples of ‘pretermit’ in sentences:
“He wants to pretermit anything that will remind him of his childhood.”

Examples of ‘pretermit’ in sentences:
“My company has pretermitted the invitation to work with other companies.”

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Hey ho, fellas! How’s your day?
how do you learn your English so far?
Today, I would like to direct your attention to some English idioms that can be used to express feelings and emotions

  •  No hard feelings
    Meaning : It might be used after an argument to express the thought or hope that no one  will continue to be angry afterwards. “without offence or anger.”
    Example :
    “Hey man ! no hard feelings, man! That’s the way of life.”
  • Mixed feelings
    Meaning :describe a state where you have more than one feeling – you are happy, but at the same time sad, anxious.
    Example :
    “I was excited about my new school, but sad to be leaving all my friends.”
  • Chilled out
    Meaning :expression simply means the same as ‘relaxed’
    Example :
    “I feel really chilled out after my Fitness class.”
  •  Fed up
    Meaning :you feel really frustrated about something and no longer want to deal with it.
    Example  :                                                                                                                                                      “We have had a terrible day at school and we are feeling completely fed up!.”
  •  Be as hard as nails
    Meaning :describe a person who is insensitive and has no compassion or empathy for others.
    Example :
    “Bella will be great in this new business because she is as hard as nails.”

It’s a wrap for now. Thank you for joining me. I hope it has been useful for you and…. Have a nice weekend, Fellas!

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