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  1. 4 points
    Minoo

    Example Question: Difference between 'plan' & 'arrangement'

    A ‘personal plan’ is something YOU have decided to do; it’s YOUR intention to do it; no-one else is involved. Use the 'going to' future: I'm going to do it tomorrow. An ‘arrangement’ involves other people, e.g. an appointment, or an external event, e.g. a flight. Use 'Present Continuous + future time marker': I'm doing it tomorrow.
  2. 3 points
    MariaTeresa

    Suggestions to improve

    Hello Chary, since I failed that test too, I'm going to create my own ebook with Sigil: it's a free editing software and there are a lot of tutorials on YouTube in English. I'll include grammar and Minoo's exclusive videos in my chapters. For personal use, obviously. It's a different way to study, perfecting your grammar - this is the key to pass the test- and it will help you to remember most of the exceptions she included in the study section. I strongly reccommend you to try it out before buying something else, please believe me, make your own ebook , importing whatever you like, images too. If you don't know HTML code, there's a WYSIWYG interface. I wish you every success in your work
  3. 3 points
    Minoo

    Every cloud has a silver lining.

    This is a common saying that means: 'Every difficult situation has some benefit in it.' Next time you speak to someone who is experiencing some difficulty in their life, you may want to use this uplifting expression.
  4. 2 points
    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.
  5. 2 points
    Minoo

    Essay writing Tips: apologies for the delay

    My apologies to those of you who have voted for and have been waiting for my lesson on essay writing. In preparing the lesson 'Tips on Essay Writing', I realised that it was better to present it in a 'tutorial' rather than a 'lesson' format. I have recorded my presentation, but tutorial type videos need to be animated / illustrated, and we're currently waiting for that to be done before we can release it. As soon as it's been released, I'll post the link to it in this forum. Thank you for your patience. Best wishes, Minoo
  6. 2 points
    pratapses1

    to be wide awake

    Thanks for such a nice expression for today
  7. 2 points
    Chary

    Reading English books

    Adding to it, listening to audiobooks is also a good option.
  8. 2 points
    PHIL73

    That doesn't bother me in the least.

    Привет, Сергей, hello Minoo, I'm sure, Sergey that you knew the right answer, and I knew as well that I had to respond quickly I had seen that "teeth" option too, but it sound a bit weird ... As to the expression you gave us Minoo, it means (thanks Google): "narrowly", "barely", so a narrow escape from disaster.
  9. 2 points
    PHIL73

    When the going gets tough ...

    Hello all, You caught me off guard this time, Serg! It seems there is also an Americanized version of it: ""In for a dime, in for a dollar." While searching for the answer, I came across this saying that I cannot resist quoting: "Money is the best deodorant."
  10. 2 points
    PHIL73

    Oh no! He (be) difficult again today.

    Hello 1karola, You use the Present Continuous with the verb to be when you talk about someone's behaviour at the moment. So in your example above, the sentence "He is difficult" would mean that he is always difficult generally speaking. But the answer: "Oh no! He is being difficult again today." means that he is difficult today , that's a temporary behavior. Maybe tomorrow he won't be that difficult (hopefully if he isn't a spoiled child ) I hope I've answered your question. The best
  11. 2 points
    PHIL73

    A little vs little

    Hello Karola, I don't know what lesson you're talking about, but I hope the following will help: When you say "a little", you mean a small amount. On the other hand, when you say "little" before a noun, it also means a small amount, but this time the amount is almost nothing, not enough. Examples: - "I have a little money" >> a small amount, but it's enough. - "I have little money" >> a small amount, but almost nothing, not enough to get what I want. So, your example sentence above means: "a small amount of coffee is good for your metabolism." Best regards
  12. 2 points
    PHIL73

    Time and tide wait for no man.

    Ha ha! I don't have any "ciphered archives" but I have a good friend, his name is Google Search, and he knows a lot about everything
  13. 2 points
    Pier

    How to build vocabulary ?

    Also if is not always easy... I really like to see series on Netflix in English, with English Sub-titles. He help me to learn a lot of new vocabulary. Is even good to translate the music that i like. I use often this website, its very easy to use and give me the possibility to translate with the original song beside. Take a look http://lyricstranslate.com/ Good luck, Bye
  14. 1 point
    Rodolfo Marttos

    VIDEO DICTIONARY - THE FARM PART2

    Hi friends! This is my Video Dictionary – The Farm Part2. I’ll try to publish one vídeo every week. I hope that you appreciate! Thank you! THE_FARM2_v2.mp4
  15. 1 point
    Minoo

    Present perfect vs present perfect continuous.

    Hello Viral, Thank you for your question. These tenses are difficult to get right every time because of the differences between British and American English. Let me answer according to strict British English rules. These will help you in your own usage, but do not be surprised if you hear 'ungrammatical' usage in movies and informal conversations. Your four answers to the question 'What have you done today?' are all possible, but let me add some notes: 1) I have played tennis. ( ... and I've done X, and I've done Y) - This is the best answer: telling them the different things you have done. 2) I have played tennis for 2 hours. - Correct grammatically, but again, you should mention the other things you've done. If you only want to talk about playing tennis, then it's best to put it in a past time frame: I went to the club at 9 o'clock and played tennis with Jim for two hours. 3) I had played tennis for 2 hours before friend A visited me. - See 4) using the Past Perfect instead of Perfect Continuous is acceptable here. 4) I had been playing tennis for 2 hours before friend A visited me. - As with 2), if you want to be detailed, introduce a time frame: Friend A visited me at 11. I had been playing ...... To answer your other question: While it is o.k. to replace Past Perfect Continuous with Past Perfect (because native speakers tend to do it in daily usage), it is not o.k. to replace Present Perfect Continuous with 'for' and 'since' with Present Perfect when talking about short-term actions. So, avoid saying 'It has rained for two hours / since 9 a.m. Say: 'It has been raining for two hours / since 9 a.m. I hope this answers your question.
  16. 1 point
    Chary

    which tense is appropriate?

    In my opinion: 1. Somebody was being in my home when I was at office (past continuous instead of past perfect because two action are simultaneously occurring, additional I used passive voice as the person is not known, somebody). 2. It looks like somebody is in my home ( present simple instead of present perfect, based on your scenario 1, as there is no time frame to show continuity). 3. Firstly, we mustn't use 'being' after 'be' since it sounds awkward. Therefore, somebody was in my home, would be more appropriate. In all the three circumstances I used 'past simple' instead of 'present simple' as past simple is more appropriate for your scenario 1. I have posted the above as far as my knowledge. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Regards, Hari Kiran
  17. 1 point
    Bernard M

    Everybody smile!

    Hello Minoo, Thank you for your explanation. I understood now!
  18. 1 point
    Vivsha

    does anyone can help me with this exercise?

    I also had the same problem. now it's fixed. Thanks Minoo.
  19. 1 point
    Chary

    Improvement

    Thanks minoo for your motivation and support.
  20. 1 point
    serg59

    Exam

    Sorry for my irrelevant meddling but I can't stop singing this song: "I woke up this morning and got myself a beer, the future's uncertain and the end is always near". Sorry, excuse me, I tiptoed out.
  21. 1 point
    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.
  22. 1 point
    Minoo

    to be wide awake

    This expression means to be 'fully awake': It was 3 a.m., and I was still wide awake thinking about what had happened that evening. There are two common ways of expressing the opposite, i.e. being 'fully asleep': It was 3 a.m. and everyone was ................. asleep. It was 3 a.m. and everyone was ............... for the .................... ANSWERS: sound / fast asleep & out for the count
  23. 1 point
    Manuel Muchanga

    December 2018 Topics

    Hello Making and changing formal arragements is an interesting topic
  24. 1 point
    Minoo

    iPod application

    Yes, Mr O'Connor's book is definitely a good source. I can also recommend the series produced by the University of British Columbia. Although they teach American English, most of it will be useful for you. Here is their introduction to consonants: https://youtu.be/dfoRdKuPF9I
  25. 1 point
    Minoo

    A sentence

    Hello Udesh, This is a tricky sentence and best understood in the context of the whole story. One possible interpretation is: Mrs Southcott had recently turned twenty-five. A soldier in the Life Guards, who claimed he could see into the future, had once predicted that in the year of her birth London and Westminster would be destroyed.
  26. 1 point
    Minoo

    If and whether

    Hello Oscar, That's a very good question. Check out this link for a comprehensive answer : https://dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar/british-grammar/if-or-whether Have a read, and come back to me if you need any further clarification.
  27. 1 point
    Akrita Bijral

    Suggestions to improve email and report writing

    nice one xx
  28. 1 point
    Minoo

    Study plan vs. Pedia

    Hello Jan, Welcome to the community! You ask a very good question indeed: Follow your study plan, which also shows you the right time to study each lesson and also when to watch each exclusive video lesson. Use your dashboard to see a snapshot of which lessons you have completed, your current rank, and trophies you have collected. You can also change your preferences on your dashboard. Don't hesitate if you have any other questions, and enjoy your studies.
  29. 1 point
    Minoo

    Only if I bring my other appointment forward

    Hello Abubaker, You're most welcome. I'm glad you're enjoying your studies with us. Excellent question! I need to improve 'Note 2' by adding the following: If you add 'the' or a possessive adjective (my, his, her, etc.) to 'another', you must drop 'an', and use 'other': Plural: I have other appointments. Let me check my / the other appointments. Singular: I have another appointment. Let me check my / the another appointment.
  30. 1 point
    saudawad

    Going to or present simple

    Hello my teacher thank you for your attention I am enjoying my time in Cambridge, although I have many works in my training course. I am very exciting to talk you and hear from you about my progress after my trip. I wish to be in Folkestone as soon as possible, and I'm going to plan when I back. Thank you
  31. 1 point
    DeviMadhavi

    What does Anglo Link teach.....British English or American English?

  32. 1 point
    Joel Freiberg

    Different ways of pronouncing the letter 'a' (New Exclusive Video)

    thanks, very useful
  33. 1 point
    yazmin1234

    Different ways of pronouncing the letter 'a' (New Exclusive Video)

    this was really helpful :)
  34. 1 point
    Koushik arva

    Turn a blind eye to something

    he has hidden his head in sand,so he wouldn't notice his sons problem
  35. 1 point
    Freshta

    How can i get more free credits?

    Hi.can you help me? I don't understand it. How can earn free credit
  36. 1 point
    Minoo

    Guide

    Hello Freshta, Unfortunately, the only way to pay for a membership upgrade (From Bronze to Silver or Gold) is by credit card or by Paypal.
  37. 1 point
    MohamedFadl

    Tenses

    I am eating is the correct tense.
  38. 1 point
    1karola

    Whose, which

    Thank you for your helpful answer
  39. 1 point
    PHIL73

    Time and tide wait for no man.

    Hello Minoo, Could it be: "Haste makes waste"?
  40. 1 point
    serg59

    Make a mountain out of a molehill

    We shouldn't postpone it down. We shouldn't turn a blind eye to it (not exactly as required). We shouldn't stay out of it. My options may look ridiculous but I love these riddles and look forward to the right answer
  41. 1 point
    PHIL73

    grammar

    My pleasure Sergey. I didn't know the expression "fruitless labour", thank you.
  42. 1 point
    Minoo

    January Topics

    Hello Phil, Excellent question! Actually, we are currently working on developing study plans that make it clear when is best to watch each additional video lesson. There are two groups of video lessons in this section: 1. Watch the five 'formal / informal' lessons after you have completed all of the Intermediate Grammar modules because these lessons review the use of important Intermediate structures in context. 2. Watch each 'Phrasal Verb' lesson after the corresponding lesson in the Intermediate Conversation category before taking the test because they review the exact content of each lesson. Let me know if I've answered your question.
  43. 1 point
    Minoo

    Causative 'have' and 'get' (New Exclusive Video)

    Hello Reza, I'm glad you've enjoyed the lesson. Technically, the sentence should be 'I too.' However, 'I too.' is now widely considered as too formal, and has been replaced by the grammatically incorrect 'Me too.' If you want to avoid the mistake while not sounding too formal, you can say 'I do too.'
  44. 1 point
    rezamafi

    Causative 'have' and 'get' (New Exclusive Video)

    very useful thanks i need to know correct usage of i vs me A: i like green color B: me too / i too ? why me is used is it an object? many thanks rezamafi
  45. 1 point
    Tom

    Bug fixes

    Thank you for reporting this, Agalar. I have corrected the error.
  46. 1 point
    IVANO78

    USEFUL VERBS

    IT'S POSSIBLETO CREATE A LESSON REGARDING USEFUL VERBS LIKE SHORTEN,SHARPEN ETC. THANKS IVANO
  47. 1 point
    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?
  48. 1 point
    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.’
  49. 1 point
    Minoo

    Example Question: Difference between 'plan' & 'arrangement'

    (Module 10 – I’m doing or I’m going to do) What’s the difference between a personal plan (I'm going to do it tomorrow) and an arrangement (I'm doing it tomorrow)?
  50. 1 point
    Minoo

    Welcome to your brand new site!

    Thank you very much for your positive feedback. We're delighted that you like the site, and hope you will enjoy using it.
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