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There are two types of questions, direct and indirect. We’re all familiar with the direct ones, as we use them every day: “How are you?”, “What would you like to do this weekend?” “Have you got any real beer in the house?” are some examples. They follow an “inverted” word order: unlike most sentences, the subject comes after the auxiliary verb, not before.
These verbs can be very confusing due to their similarities, but they are used differently.
When you end something, you stop doing it, even though it could go on.
I ended the meeting because it was getting late.
Mary has ended her relationship with Bob—it was about time!
I’ll be visiting Taiwan at the end of the month—how exciting!
Have can be confusing because it’s used in two different ways: as an auxiliary verb, and as a main verb.
When it’s an auxiliary verb, it’s part of the perfect, and is followed by a participle. In these cases, it can be contracted.
When it’s a main verb, it’s either followed by its object or a to-infinitive, and cannot be contracted.
Also, be aware that have can be both in the same sentence.
These two words can cause some confusion, but they’re really easy to distinguish.
Half refers to 50% of something:
– I had an apple. I cut it in two equal pieces, and gave one half to my sister and I ate the other half.
Middle refers to the central part of something.
– I’m in the middle of doing a lesson right now.
When answering another person’s comments, instead of saying just yes or no, we can respond with certain phrases that express our feelings towards the response we give. For example:
When we are fairly sure of our response to what someone else has said, we can use “think”:
“Will the report be finished on time?” “I think so.”
“Won’t Mary be coming with us?” “I don’t think so.”
Put the words in the right order to form correct sentences in English.
a lot / at / concert / people / of / night / last / the / There / were
but / even / I / milk chocolate / like / a lot / I / dark chocolate / more / like /, / !
a lot / are / but / I / many / only / people / There / trust / like /, / I / a few
been / Bill / but / goes / House / I / have / of / only / Rising / the / to / the / twice, / Sun / a lot / !
a lot / about / don’t / I / know / music / of / people / who / know / a lot
This is an expression we use when making predictions. If we are very sure of the prediction, we use this idiom to make sure everyone listening remembers that we said it and we said it early.
Easter vacation is coming soon. Mark my words, traffic is going to be terrible!
(It doesn’t have to be a difficult prediction!)
Correct the mistakes in these sentences:
Yesterday, I said Mary that I we really need to buy a new car
I was thinking to go and visit my aunts for the holidays.
The most of New Yorkers will be at Times Square for New Year’s.
People has to use public transport more—that way, there’s more room on the freeway for me!
The most part of Adele’s songs are really depressing.
When we have to stay up late at night to finish a big project that’s due the next day, or because we have an exam the next morning, we say that we’re burning the midnight oil.
I’m going to really have to burn the midnight oil tonight if I want to pass my test tomorrow.
Marianne and I burned the midnight oil last night to finish the project on time, and then the boss didn’t even need it today!