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tuanvu170189
Vietnam

Please help me choose the correct response for this exchange.   
 

Sarah and Kathy are talking about bad habits of children.

- Sarah: “Children under ten shouldn’t stay up late to play computer games”

- Kathy: “__________”

A. You can say that again.

B. Surely, we shouldn’t.

C. Yes, I share your opinion.

D. I don’t quite agree with you.
(Some Teachers ask me whether option A is correct.  Is A appropriate in this situation? 

25 May 2017

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yanogator
United States

B is incorrect, unless Kathy is under 10.
 
C and D are definitely correct.
 
A is OK, but is not a great choice. When we say, "You can say that again", we mean "I wholeheartedly agree with you". Sarah ´s statement just doesn ´t seem to be strong enough to warrant such a response. This is totally subjective, though, and Kathy ´s opinion of the importance of Sarah ´s statement might be different from mine.
 
Anyway, I wouldn´t use it in this situation, but it is definitely correct, and some people might strongly disagree with me.
 
If Kathy is a 3rd-grade teacher whose students can ´t stay awake in class, that is just what she would say.

Oh, the short answer is, "Yes, it´s fine".
 
Bruce 

25 May 2017

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kiscsepo
Hungary

question   
 
Dear All,
 
Is this sentence grammatically correct?
 
However, the analysis was conducted only on half of the study sample and a different grouping was adopted than earlier.
 
Thank you. :) 

25 May 2017


yanogator
United States

It sounds good to me. I ´d like to know if you think there is something wrong with it.
 
Bruce 

25 May 2017

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tormem
Brazil

E-PALS AROUND THE WORLD   
 
PEN FRIENDS // E-PALS !!! 
 
I have two classes working units on their books that talk about different nationalities and E-pals (pen friends). I would like to know if there are people interested on exchanging e-mails to create pen friends. Both classes of 7 students, one of ages 14-16 and the other of adults (30s and 40s). Please contact me pvt msg through email if you ´d like to participate (tormem@hotmail.com).
 
Thanks!!
Ricardo 

24 May 2017

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folidom
Germany

Interesting visualisation option for ESL lessons   
 
Dear teachers, I came across that new project and thought it to be worth sharing it with you. If you want to have a look at www.kickstarter.com/projects/947034083/vocabulary-maps-workbook?ref=email
My students love working with pictures and they ´re always interested in studying vocabulary that way.
Have a nice day! 
 

24 May 2017


leaponover
United States

Thanks for sharing this.  I backed it.  Hoping we can mix and match eventually to get the package we need.

24 May 2017

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Katiapulko
Ukraine

Articles with buildings   
 
Hello, dear colleages.
While reviewing Articles with my Upper-Intermediate students I stumbles upon the usage of articles with buildings.
The rule says that we should use "the" with the names of buildings and the exceptions are buildings the names of which start with a person ´s name.
So I still can ´t get, why it ´s "The Eiffel Tower" and "Buckingham Palace"? 
 
Can anybody help me out with that? Maybe you know a good resourse where all the rules with the exceptions are written. I have  looked through a lot of them but didn ´t quite found the answer.
 

24 May 2017

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Katiapulko
Ukraine

Thank you, Bruce and Les Douglas, for your time and your answers! I will have a look at the book!
 
Have a great day everyone, 
 
Katia 

25 May 2017

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zvonka.rink
Slovenia

Your opinion- again   
 
Dear colleagues,
 
I ´m asking for your opinion again.
 
Is the statement:
 
Satellites tell where storms will happen. 
 
true or false (there is no choice of NG)
according to this text: 
 
Satellite data tells us that the water vapour in the atmosphere has gone up by four percent in 25 years. This warm, wet air turns into the rain, storms, hurricanes and typhoons that we are increasingly experiencing. 
 
Thanx for all the feedback you give.

24 May 2017


Gi2gi
Georgia

False. Although the passage states that satellites have determined an increase in the amount of vapo(u)r which serves as a trigger for storms, it does not give us a clue about the location or place where the calamities might occur. No place, area, or any reference to the location of such disasters is provided in your passage, so, logically, I would choose ´false´ because a third option - ´doesn ´t say´ - is not suggested.

24 May 2017

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ldthemagicman
United Kingdom

Teaching Tip: LESS versus FEWER   
 
Dear Members,
To help my students with their English, I have lots of Teaching Tips which I give them from time to time. A student suggested that I post them on ESLP, to help other students. You are free to use them, or not, as you wish.
 
I frequently hear students use phrases similar to: "I have less and less books, because my friends borrow them from me!"
In casual, informal conversation, the phrase, ´less and less books´, is understood by everyone. It has an ancient history of use, and an excellent ´pedigree´.
However, the phrase, ´fewer and fewer books´, began to be used, many years later, simply because it was a particular writer´s personal preference. This modern form is now regarded as the CORRECT construction.
 
In my world, you are free to make your own choice.
But, I warn you ... the majority of English grammar books insist that the modern rule is CORRECT. Education Authorities expect all students to speak CORRECT English.
In a strict grammar examination, it would be wise to follow these modern rules.
 
Here are the rules: 
1) ´Fewer´ is an Adjective which modifies a Noun that is PLURAL and COUNTABLE.
The description must be capable of being visualised in numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc.
2) ´Less´ is an Adjective which modifies a Noun that is SINGULAR and UNCOUNTABLE.
The description must be capable of being visualised in amounts: litres, tonnes, metres, volts, seconds, etc.

Using this rule, we have:
1) "There are fewer books" ... you CAN say: "1 book, 2 books, 3 books".    ´books´ is PLURAL and COUNTABLE ... ´books´ CAN be counted: 1, 2, 3.
2) "There is less information" ... you CANNOT say: "1 information, 2 informations, 3 informations."    ´information´ is SINGULAR and UNCOUNTABLE ... ´information´ CANNOT be counted: 1, 2, 3.
3) "There are more books". "There is more information".
 
Here are my Silly Sentences, to help you remember the rules.
1) There are Fewer than Five COUNTY COUNCILLORS.
2) There is Less than a Litre of UNCOUNTABLE UNCONSCIOUSNESS.
3) There are more than Five COUNTY COUNCILLORS. There is more than a Litre of UNCOUNTABLE UNCONSCIOUSNESS. 

I hope that this is of use to you.
 
Les Douglas

23 May 2017

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bernicegalaz
Mexico

Thank you for the "Silly Sentences" and  the explanations.  I found them very useful.
 
Thanks! 

24 May 2017

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rose95
Turkey

confused   
 
Hello, I hope some of you are awake :) I have a question that I couldn ´t help my student with. Would you kindly help me explain ;
 
 
For most of the time throughout the picnic, the boys............football while the girls.............flowers.
 
A) will play / have been picking
B) are playing / will be picking
C) have played / are picking
D) were playing / were picking
E) had been playing / have picked
 
Thank you so much. I appreciate your help.
 
Good night :) 

23 May 2017

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rose95
Turkey

Thank you all for your help. I really appreciate it.

24 May 2017

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aranchacortes
Spain

new members   
 
One friend of mine is trying to register but she cannot because there is any kind of error. Does it happen to any of you?

23 May 2017

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loic
France

Listening comprehension recording volonteer   
 
Hello everone!
 
I ´m posting a special request today.
My colleague and I are preparing a common TEST (LISTENING COMPREHENSION)
in our 4 classes to end the year.(A2+)
We have already listened to many "introduction" mp3 documents but we found it difficult to find the" ideal" one, so we have prepared a text ready to be recorded. We are now looking for some volonteer  to record the text and send it as soon as possible.(with an  English accent- mother tongue if possible) as our text will take place on Friday 2nd June.
I ´ll be very happy if someone could spend 15 minutes of his/her time to record with his / her own voice and send it  and
  I ´ll upload the listening grid for everbody  and send it to you too.
 
Many thanks in advance. HAVE A NICE DAY EVERYBODY !!
 
HERE IS THE TEXT TO BE RECORDED:
 

Hello everyone,


Let me introduce myself. My name’s Betty stratford, S.T.R.A.T.F.O.R.D and I’m 19 years old.

I was born on April, 21st in 1998 in Liverpool. I live in a small house in Manchester and I’m English of course.

I have a twin sister called Jenny. She is the funniest but I am the most generous in the family.

I have 3 pets : a rabbit called bunny, a guinea-pig that my sister named beauty and coco the parrot.

I am a student at Manchester College, second year in litterary studies. I’d like to be a teacher when I finish.

My phone number is 076889125 and my email adress is beautifulstudent29@gmail.com

I have a boyfriend named William, aged 21. He‘s so good-looking!

I’m quite tall, I’m about 5 foot 9. I’m very fit because I practise gymnatics on Mondays and modern dance on weekends.

I have long dark curly hair, green eyes and I wear glasses. I am very slim.

Today, I’m wearing blue jeans, a green tee-shirt and black shoes.

I certainly have qualities to be a good teacher. I am quite patient and hardworking. Obviously, I like kids. However, I can be a bit messy and extremely absent-minded and talkative.

I’m keen on reading, I love Jane Austen novels for example, but also love detective stories like in Agatha Christie’s. I’m crazy about pizza and carrots. My favourite drink is water but I hate sodas.

What I dislike the most is playing football or watching it on TV. It’s weird because normally all English people like soccer but I really can’ t stand it.

Next holidays, I’m going on a great trip to Australia. My uncle moved there 5 years ago. I’m going to visit him from july, 20th to August 3rd.

Bye for now !


 
 

23 May 2017

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loic
France

Many thanks everybody for the remarks.
 
Have a great day and pray for Manchester.Don ´t hesitate to send me a pm for the recording.
 
Florence
 

24 May 2017

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