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    Minoo

    Adjectives and adverbs

    Hello Hari, Assuming your question is about expanding our repertoire of such words (and not how to use them grammatically correctly), I would recommend reading novels as a way of enlarging your repertoire. It is the descriptive texts in novels that will be full of adjectives and adverbs. However, I would suggest that you choose simplified graded novels where you will find common and frequently used adjectives and adverbs that you can use in your own speaking and writing. There are two good series you can choose novels from: - Macmillan Readers - Oxford Bookworms And remember, as I recommend for any type of vocabulary building exercise: 1. Write down a phrase or a sentence that contains the word you're learning, not (just) the translation. 2. Check and learn the pronunciation of the new word in an online dictionary or use the audio version of the same book to hear all of it including the new words.
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    Chary

    Request for correct answer

    Thanks minoo. I got it now. Previously, I tried passive structure, but the tense used was wrong. However, passive form is right.
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    Bernard M

    Inversions

    Thank you very much, Minoo. Your answer is very clear to me.
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    yomnaayman330

    expression

    Different ways to say "You are beautiful" You’re very pretty. You look as pretty as always. You’re so adorable. You look drop dead gorgeous. I think you’re super cute. Wow, you’re gorgeous. I think you’re very attractive. You look absolutely fantastic I love the way you look today/tonight. You look great. I can’t take my eyes off of you. I have never seen anyone as beautiful as you I think you’re the most beautiful girl in the world. You look like an angel
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    yomnaayman330

    Idiom about time

    Meaning of "Around the clock" or " Round the clock" Used as an adjective: Happening, lasting or continuing constantly for a significant period of time (at least a few days), or 24/7. Example: She needed round-the-clock care when she was in hospital. Used as an adverb: Working hard, often for very long hours. Example: Doctors worked around the clock to resuscitate her.
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    Minoo

    suggestion

    Certainly! You can do that in the 'Vocabulary Building' section of the 'General English' forum. I explain how to do this here.
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    Minoo

    Reading English books

    Thank you for sharing this information with your peers, Yomna! Indeed, this is a good series because it's simplified and you can also buy the audio version on CD or as an audio book. For similar series, you can also check out: - Macmillan Readers - Oxford Bookworms These series are graded too, so you can choose the level that's most suitable to you.
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    Minoo

    Pronunciation

    Hello Yomna, 1. Make sure you can hear the two sounds that letters 'th' make clearly: think (unvoiced), this (voiced). You can work on this point in the Intermediate Pronunciation Lessons 'Consonants 1' & 'Consonants 2'. 2. Then you can watch this presentation on consonant sounds in general and how to produce 'th' sounds in the mouth in particular: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfoRdKuPF9I I hope this will be helpful to you.
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    Minoo

    Possessive 's'

    Hello Leonardo, Thank you for your question. To clarify: 1. Yes, we use a possessive 's' for comments made by the colleagues because, in a sense, what is made by someone 'belongs' to them, e.g. Newton's laws. Here the apostrophe comes after the plural 's': ... colleagues' comments. 2. 'movie' is inanimate; therefore it would be better to say: the name of the movie. However, in modern English, this rule is not always followed, so you may also hear 'the movie's name'. I recommend you stick to the rule to be on the safe side.
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    Bernard M

    if you'd like

    Hello, I have seen this expression "if you'd like" several times. This form does not correspond to any conditional. Is this correct or is it totally informal? Have a good day!
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    Hyravas

    Welcome to your brand new site!

    As feedback, I just wanted to compliment you on your new website, very clear, efficient and aesthetic!
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    Minoo

    Noums

    Hello Robledo, When choosing between 'a' and 'an', think about the sound, not the letter. Compare the pronunciation of 'university' with 'umbrella'. They're not the same, right? The 'u' in 'university' sounds like a 'y' (phonetic alphabet: /j/). This is not a vowel sound, so: a yo-yo, a young man, a yellow bag , a university. The 'u' in 'umbrella' is a vowel sound, so: an umbrella.
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    Tom

    Bank & post office phrases

    Hi Folks A new exclusive video is available. Check it out now: Bank & post office phrases If you are travelling to an English-speaking country, and think you may need the services of a bank or a post office, it is a good idea to become familiar with the common phrases used at these places. In this lesson, we're going to review and expand on the expressions you have learned in Elementary Conversation Lesson 5 (At the bank). To fully assimilate these phrases, it's important that you engage all four skills by working through the material in the following way: LISTEN to each phrase twice (without seeing it). WRITE it down. READ it (to check your listening comprehension and spelling). REPEAT it out loud (to improve your pronunciation & fluency).
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    Minoo

    Reading English books

    Hello Udesh, It is indeed a good idea to read in English, but I would add two recommendations: 1. Read modern English or simplified classics to learn vocabulary that you can use in your own speech or writing as well. 2. Make sure you check the pronunciation of all the new words you learn through reading in an online dictionary; otherwise, your listening and speaking skills may suffer.
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    Minoo

    Pronunciation

    Thank you for answering Sasha, Phil. Indeed, you have recommended the best way to learn the pronunciation of 'pronunciation' Many people make the mistake of saying it the same way as the verb 'pronounce', not realising that the 'ou' (as in 'our') in the verb has changed to 'u' (as in 'fun') in the noun.
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    Minoo

    How can I earn credits?

    There are two ways: 1. Providing correct answers to your peers' questions. 2. Joining in and finding the right answer to the quizzez Minoo sets in the 'Expression of the Day' section.
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    Minoo

    How I can improve my English spoken skills ?

    Thank you for this question, Muhammad. I know many of you need to improve your speaking skills. To improve your speaking skills, you need to work on: - your pronunciation - your active use of structures - your active range of daily vocabulary and expressions In my experience, the most effective way of improving all three elements I mention above, in one single activity, is listening to and repeating common phrases and sentences out loud on a daily basis, sometimes called the 'imitation' technique. That is precisely why we have voice-recorded every sentence that is included in the Anglo-Pedia Exercises, i.e. roughly 3000 sentences for you to first complete (gap-fill exercises) or type out (Q/A exercises), and then hear and repeat. Remember the key is to repeat these sentences out loud and correctly several times, as if you were rehearsing your lines for a play. Some of us make the mistake of only listening and repeating a semi-correct version of the sentence under our breath once. That does not improve our speaking skills. Obviously, free practice i.e. speaking English with someone regularly is a great bonus, but only if the person you speak to is a teacher or a native speaker who corrects you and gives you feed-back on what you need to improve. If you do not have access to such a person, the next best practice is to listen to a native speaker with a clear accent on subjects that interest you on YouTube, or to watch movies with easy everyday dialogues. I hope many of you follow these recommendations, and see how rapidly your speaking skills improve.
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    Minoo

    pronunciation

    Indeed, improving your pronunciation is really important for two reasons: 1. Everyone can understand you more easily. 2. Your listening comprehension of native speakers improves. As you say, if we have learned English mainly by reading and writing, we are likely to have many pronunciation mistakes and difficulty understanding native speakers. If this is your case, I highly recommend that you do the exercises and the tests in the 15 Pronunciation Modules several times.
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    Minoo

    Example Question: 'How do you do?' & 'How are you?'

    (Module 1 – Meeting, Greeting, Welcoming) Are ‘How do you do?’ and ‘How are you?’ synonyms?
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    Minoo

    Example Question: 'How do you do?' & 'How are you?'

    No, ‘How do you do?’ is a formal synonym for ‘Nice to meet you.’ You can only use it when you meet someone for the first time. The reply to if is usually the same: ‘How do you do?’ ‘How are you?’ is a real question for someone you already know. They can reply: ‘I’m fine, thank you.’ or ‘Not very well.’
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