Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Latest Grammar

Hello everybody on a rainy Tuesday arvo in Rome.

Arvo? That's Australian for "afternoon". Learn more about Australian slang.

Here's a short roundup of the most recent grammar we have come across.

1. Articles. The tricky, or difficult, question here is when not to use the article. Find out more by visiting the British Council's Learn English site. Read the rules, then do the exercises at the bottom of the page.

As we have seen, there are various ways in which articles are and are not used. Have a further look on the Learn English site at the special examples, including "I don't watch television but I often listen to the radio."

Read the examples, then try the test exercise at the bottom of the page.

2. Forming questions. The problem here is when to use an auxiliary such as "does" or "do", and when not to. Again, the British Council's "Learn English" comes to the rescue. Read the rules, and then try the exercise at the bottom of the page.

As always, when you have visited the sites, and, ideally, done the exercises, please give your reaction in a Tag Board message or a comment.

And here's the general link to the British Council's Learn English site.

Update: I have added some new links to the BBC Learning English site in the dedictaed section on the links list, down the right hand side of this Blog window. These include "How to.." (mentioned in Monday's post) and "Pronunciation Tips".

More again very soon!

Mike

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