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Submitted by Nagie23 on Mon, 12/06/2023 - 17:46

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Hello,
I would like to ask if both of the following sentences are correct
1.How the lessons are organised?
2.How are the lessons organized?
With this question we mean how for example a math is organised during a session?
Thank you in advance

Hello Nagie23,

The correct word order here is #2 - How are the lessons organised?

This is a question so we invert the subject ('the lessons') and the verb ('are') after the question word.

For more information on question formation take a look at this page:

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/grammar/english-grammar-reference/questions-negatives

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by so_haila on Thu, 08/06/2023 - 00:13

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Hello, I have a question
there is this sentence and they ask to correct the mistake, it says:
"they lived a poor life and had not any bod to help them".
actually I can not find any mistakes so will you help me, please?
thanks in advace.

Hello so_haila,

There are two mistakes I can see. First of all, 'any bod' should be 'anybody'. Second, the negative form is incorrect: 'had not' should be 'did not have'.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Nagie23 on Sun, 28/05/2023 - 13:45

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Hello,
I have a question
What is the difference between the following
1.Shall we speak at 5 pm?(on the phone)
2.Shall we talk at 5 pm?(on the phone)
Furthermore,are both sentences correct and polite?
Thank you in advance

Hello Nagie23,

Both sentences are grammatically correct and widely appropriate or polite. Both of them sound fine to me, though in general the one with 'speak' sounds a little more formal.

The Cambridge Dictionary has a page on 'speak' vs 'talk' that you might find useful. By the way, when it says we use 'speak' on the phone, it means when we're identifying ourselves as the speaker. But since the sentences you ask about are not about identifying the speaker and instead are about having a conversation, both verbs are correct.

All the best,
Kirk
LearnEnglish team

Submitted by KaiMK on Wed, 24/05/2023 - 16:54

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Hello,
Could you please help me understand a grammar exercise I recently encountered?
He ___ a therapist for several years after he left school. (saw/has been seeing)

While I understand that "has been seeing" is correct, I struggle to understand why "saw" is not. What indicates that the action is still ongoing rather than finished?

Thank you in advance!

Hello KaiMK,

I'm afraid that 'has been seeing' is not correct. The correct answer is 'saw'.

The phrase 'for several years after he left school' makes it clear that his visits with the therapist were in a past time. This past time is not connected to the present and so a present perfect form isn't correct. Instead, a past simple form is the most appropriate.

If he were still seeing the therapist now in the present, we'd have to say 'since he left school' instead of 'for several years after he left school'. Then 'has been seeing' would be correct.

Does that make sense?

All the best,
Kirk
LearnEnglish team

Submitted by Nagie23 on Wed, 17/05/2023 - 08:41

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Hello,
I would like to ask if the following sentences are correct
1.I would like to inform you the math lessons will last until the ...(15th of June)
2. If you want to continue until the 30th, please let me know
Thank you in advance

Hi Nagie23,

The sentences look pretty good but in sentence 1, I would say "continue" or "go on" instead of "last". I think "last" is normally used for single events (e.g. a lesson, a journey, a subscription, a mood) rather than repeated events (e.g. daily or weekly lessons).

You can also slightly soften sentence 2 by saying "If you would like to continue ....".

Jonathan

LearnEnglish team

Submitted by Nagie23 on Sun, 14/05/2023 - 18:14

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Hello,
I would like to ask if the following are correct
The manager asks if a person will move to Italy anyway , and not only in the case that he or she will be hired in the firm
Is it polite and correct to answer
1.I will move to Italy if I will have the opportunity to work at your firm?
2.I think I dont need a visa if I work for less than 6 months as I am an EU citizen
Or
Do I need a visa even for a short period of time?
Are these phrases correct and polite?
Thank you in advance

Hi Nagie23,

1. It should be "if I have" (not "if I will have"). This is the first conditional structure (see this Conditionals page for more examples and explanation).

The sentence doesn't clearly say what will happen if the person does not get the job. You can say something like "... but otherwise, I won't move." or "... but if the opportunity doesn't happen, I'll still move." to respond to that part of the manager's question.

2. Looks good, but it should be "don't" (with apostrophe). The question is fine.

All the sentences are neutral in style. They are fine for polite communication.

I hope that helps.

Jonathan

LearnEnglish team

Submitted by Nagie23 on Tue, 18/04/2023 - 05:59

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Hello,
I would like to ask if the following are correct
1.Hope you are having a great time with your friends (I mean during holidays)
2.We will start again lessons next Monday
Thank you in advance

Hello Nagie23,

The first sentence is fine. It's quite common to miss out the 'I' at the start of 'I hope...' when expressing wishes in an informal context.

The second sentence has a problem with word order. It should be '...start lessons again...' and not '...start again lessons...'

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Enny Kabora on Mon, 17/04/2023 - 23:07

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Hi
Would you please tell me the differences in using of
- look,
- see and
- pay attention"?

Thank you in advance

Hello Enny Kabora,

See (something) is what our eyes do. It's a passive function in the sense that we do not consciously control it - as long as our eyes are open they will see things.

Look (at something) is what we do with out eyes. It's a conscious action. We choose to look in a particular direction or at a particular thing.

Pay attention (to something) is another way to say focus on something or concentrate on something. It means that we are taking care not to miss something because it is important.

 

Of course, the context in which the words are used is important too.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Nagie23 on Sat, 01/04/2023 - 10:32

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Hello,
I would like to ask which of the following is correct
1.He makes questions
2.He asks questions
3.I need to practice on how to make/ask questions(is this sentence correct?)
If both are correct what is their difference?
Thank you in advance

Hi Nagie23,

Both 1 and 2 are correct. There is a difference in meaning. To "ask" a question means to say the question to someone else. To "make" a question is the action of forming or constructing a question, and it does not necessarily mean that you ask it to anybody. For example, when a teacher is writing an exam paper, (s)he is making questions.

A small correction in 3: it should be one of these options.

  • "I need to practise how to ..." (here, "practise" is a verb)
  • "I need practice on how to ..." (here, "practice" is a noun).

I hope that helps.

Jonathan

LearnEnglish team

Submitted by Nagie23 on Fri, 24/03/2023 - 01:36

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Hello,
I would like to ask if the following is correct :
The lack of some vitamins have caused him dizziness
Thank you in advance

Hello Nagie23,

I think we'd normally say 'some dizziness' but otherwise that is grammatically correct.

All the best,
Kirk
LearnEnglish team

Submitted by Nagie23 on Sat, 18/03/2023 - 09:03

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Hello
I would like to ask if the following sentence is correct
Can you show me please your French book that you have for school?(I mean that I would like to see/read the book that they use for their lesson at school)
Thank you in advance

Hello Nagie23,

The sentence is grammatically fine but it doesn't quite sound natural to me. I think something like this would be better:

Can you show me the book you have/use for French in school, please?

Can you show me your French textbook, please?

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Nagie23 on Wed, 08/03/2023 - 23:26

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Hello I would like to ask if the following is correct
In June I will attend the French/Maths/ course which will be intensive(Many hours during the day and will last a month)
Thank you in advance

Hello Nagie23,

Are you asking about the verb form or the predicate of the sentence? It's difficult to evaluate the verb form without knowing more about why you're saying this. If you look at the Talking about the future page, you'll see what I mean -- we use one verb form or another depending on the purpose of our statement.

Re: the predicate, I'm also a little confused. Is it a French course or a math course? Or both? In any case, I'd probably just say 'intensive maths course' or 'intensive French course'.

Does that make sense?

All the best,
Kirk
LearnEnglish team

Hello,
Thank you for the reply.
I would like to ask if I have used the correct verb.And also if I can use the verb in order to talk about a course that when it will be completed I will take a certificate,.Finally which preposition is ok.for example : I will attend an Intensive Math course or the Intensive month course?
Thank you in advance

Hello Nagie23,

As far as the verb form goes, you have several choices:

> I will attend - this describes a decision you have made and suggests that it's not something you have yet planned

> I'm going to attend - this describes an intention and suggest that it's something you have planned and not simply decided on the spur of the moment

> I'm attending - this describes an arrangement and suggests your plan is organised and already put in place (deposit paid, reservation made etc)

 

The correct article (not preposition) is probably 'an' since this is likely the first time you are telling the listener about it. Of course, without knowing the context it's impossible to be sure.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Nagie23 on Wed, 01/03/2023 - 19:33

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Hello,
I would like to ask if the following are correct
If we don't understand someone who talks can we say
1. Excuse me , can you please repeat ?
2. Could you please speak slower?
Thank you in advance

Hi Nagie23,

Yes, right. In 1, it sounds more natural to say "can you please repeat that?" In 2, you can also say "Could you please speak a bit slower?" to make it sound more polite.

Jonathan

LearnEnglish team

Submitted by Nagie23 on Mon, 20/02/2023 - 22:54

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Hello
I would like to ask which of the following is correct (IAM happy that they practice)
1.I am happy that they have the opportunity to speak in English with you during the week Or
2.I am happy that they have the opportunity to speak with you in English during the week
Thank you in advance

Submitted by JameK on Mon, 30/01/2023 - 15:00

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Sir, I would like to know about the word in this sentences.
(What are the things that can not be -brought- to school.)
(Books borrowed from the library are not to be -kept- for more than seven days.)
Are these words (brought, kept) past participle or adjective? What grammar point is it? Could you tell me please?

Submitted by Nagie23 on Sat, 14/01/2023 - 06:59

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Good morning ,
I would like to ask the following
Can we say
- The sugar weakens/influences the immune system during an illness-flue
-Instead you can have honey
Thank you in advance

Hello Nagie23,

It's hard to be sure of things like articles (a/the/no article) without seeing the sentence in context but I think the most natural way to say this in most contexts would be as follows:

Sugar weakens the immune system during a flu-like illness. Instead, you can use honey.

 

Influences would be too vague here as it does not tell us if sugar has a positive or negative effect. Since the second sentence makes it clear that you consider it negative, weakens is better. Strengthens would be the opposite.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by aurora kastanias on Fri, 30/12/2022 - 10:43

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Good morning. I have been looking for an answer to the following question all over the place. In vain.
"When the subject is singular but the description is plural, is the verb singular or plural?"
Example: "He discovered that Paul’s only soft spot was/were sweets."
This drives me crazy each time.
Thank you in advance.

Hello aurora kastanias,

In this particular case and similar ones, 'was' is the correct form.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much, Kirk. Truly appreciate it, especially since it is holiday season. So thank you, and Happy New Year!

Submitted by Nagie23 on Tue, 20/12/2022 - 20:29

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Hello,
I would like to ask if the following is correct:
My name is Marian but John calls me Mari
Thank you in advance

Hello Nagie23,

Yes, that's correct, though in writing a full stop is needed at the end, and a comma is needed before 'but': 'My name is Marian, but John calls me Mari.'

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Nagie23 on Tue, 20/12/2022 - 20:26

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Hello,
I would like to ask if the following are correct
Paul got an A in maths in the first semester (including his performance in class,oral, written and tests)
In such case we can say
1.Paul did well in maths this semester ?
2.Is it correct to say?
'We will stop the lesson on Friday and we will start again after Christmas holidays '
Thank you in advance

Hello Nagie23,

Sentence #1 is fine.

Sentence #2 needs just a couple of minor changes: We will stop the lessons on Friday and we will start again after the Christmas holidays.

Presumably you are talking about a series of lessons or a course, which is why the plural is needed. You're referring to specific Christmas holidays (those coming up), not Christmas holidays as a general idea or concept, so the definite article is needed.

Please do not post your comments more than once. We read every comment before it is published, which means it can take some time for them to appear on the pages. Posting your comments more than once just slows everything down!

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

 

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Submitted by Prakash on Sun, 18/12/2022 - 09:15

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Hello,
Be supposed to
Be = am/is/are/was/were/been/being

I have found this structure with only simple present and simple past tenses.

-It is supposed to rain.
-It was supposed to rain.
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My questions are:
1) Can we use 'be supposed to' with all 12 tenses?

-Prakash is being supposed to come. (Present Conti)
-he has been supposed to come. (Present perfect.)
-Prakash has been being supposed to come. (Present perfect cont.)

2) Can we use 'be supposed to' with other auxiliaries?

-it can be supposed to rain.
-Prakash may have been supposed to come.
-Prakash used to be supposed to come.

Prakash Kesari,
Maharashtra, India.

Hello Prakash,

1) No, it's typically only used with 'be' in the present simple or past simple ('am', 'are', 'is', 'was' and 'were'). We use other forms or phrases to speak about expectations in other time periods, e.g. 'Will they expect us to finish the project before noon?' or 'We had planned on leaving early.'

2) There might be some unusual use that I'm not thinking of right now, but I don't think so.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Kirk sir.

Your answer - 2 - there might be some........

uses may be usual or unusual.
what does Kirk think as a grammarian?

Hello Prakash,

I'm afraid I don't understand your question. Could you please explain it in more detail?

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by katt_79 on Tue, 22/11/2022 - 04:03

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Dear teachers,
It may not be related to the topic here, but I wonder whether the following sentence is grammatically correct or not: "I studied and studied for my driving test until I knew it by heart."
Thank you!

Submitted by Nagie23 on Mon, 21/11/2022 - 08:55

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Hello,
I would like to ask the following
Which one is correct
1.My father takes me at school by car or
My father drives me at school?
2. When I finish lunch (or when I finish my lunch?) I take my plate and spoon at the kitchen.
Is this sentence correct?
Thank you in advance