Pronouns are words we use in the place of a full noun.

There are many different kinds of pronouns.

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Hello!
What does this sentence mean?
You needn't worry about anything except having a good time .

Is It a good think or a bad thing ?
Should I worry that I won't have a good time or what ? I don't get it at all

Please help me with these words, occasion and opportunity. I read tips on a lot of dictionaries to distinguish between them but I couldn't cause both of them are translated the same way in my language. And im not talking about the meaning of ( occasion ) generally . it has a lot of definition and just one of them is similar to ( opportunity ), on most dictionaries the definition is : a favourable opportunity or time so what is more accurate ? Time or opportunity ? And are threse sentences correct :

I couldn't have the opportunity to talk to him .
And there was no occasion for talking to him . ( can't I have an occasion ? )
Are both the same ?

Hello uchiha itache,

Generally speaking, in modern English (the use of occasion has changed over time) an opportunity is a chance to do something positive, while an occasion is a particular instance. I might meet someone on a particular occasion (a party or a chance meeting) and that meeting is an opportunity for me to learn something new. However, words are used in particular contexts and structures which may not entirely fit this general definition.

In terms of your context, I think opportunity to talk is the best phrase in both sentences.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello.
I'd like to know how we report conditionals. I know that the 3rd conditional stays the same with no change . so what about the zero, 2nd and 1st conditionals?
To make the question clearer , i'll give some if-sentences and please, just report them .
1- he said " if I am tired, I go to sleep "
2 - he said, " if I had money, i'd buy a car "
3- he said " if I won a lottery I would be happy "
4 he said " if I eat chicken I will be happy "

Hello uchiha itache,

Conditional forms are reported in the same way any other forms are reported:

See here for reporting structures.

See here for reporting structures with that, wh- and if-clauses.

Note that there is often a choice with the verb forms, depending on the context and the intended meaning (if the action is still true or is no longer true, for example).

 

Your examples could be reported as follows:

He said (that) if he is tired, he goes to sleep / He said (that) if he was tired, he went to sleep

He said (that) if he had money, he'd buy a car / He said (that) if he had had money, he'd have bought a car

He said (that) if he won the lottery he would be happy / He said (that) if he had won the lottery he would have been happy

He said (that) if he eats chicken he will be happy / He said (that) if he ate chicken he would be happy

 

In each pair, the first sentence tells us that the original speaker's words are still true. The second sentence tells us that the speaker's words were true when he said them but may or may not be true now.

For example, imagine I am reporting the sentence I love you. I can say either of these:

She said she loves me. [she loved me then and she still loves me]

She said she loved me. [she loved me then; there is no information about whether or not she still loves me]

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I'm so grateful

Dear Staff,

Could you please let me know which of the following is correct? Thank you so much.

【A】If I so much as look at a cake, I gain weight.
【B】If I so much as to look at a cake, I gain weight.
【C】If I so much as looking at a cake, I gain weight.

Hi learning,

Option A is the only correct one here.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello .
What's the difference between historic and historical?
And what's the difference between a history book or historical book ?
And by saying historical film..does it mean a film which shows past events or a film which was made a long time ago ?

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