August 29, 2018

Formal Greetings

JAMES: Good morning, Professor Austin, how are you doing?
PROFESSOR AUSTIN: Good morning, James. I am doing well. And you?
JAMES: I’m great, thank you. This is my friend Emma. She is thinking about applying to this college. She has a few questions. Would you mind telling us about the process, please?
PROFESSOR AUSTIN: Hello, Emma! It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’m more than happy to speak with you. Please stop by my office next week.
EMMA: It’s a pleasure to meet you, professor. Thank you so much for helping us.
PROFESSOR AUSTIN: Don’t mention it. Hopefully, I will be able to answer your questions!

- The greetings good morning/good afternoon/good evening are used at different times of the day to greet people. "Good evening” is often used after 6 p.m. or generally when the sun has set.

- “Good night” is not a greeting: It is used when leaving a place or group of people.
Thank you and good night!/Good night, and see you tomorrow. 

- When people meet in the United States, it is customary for them to shake hands. A handshake should be firm and usually lasts for about two to three seconds — which allows enough time to say “Nice to meet you.”

- “Don’t mention it” is another way of saying “You’re welcome.” The phrase “You are welcome" is more formal. However, responses such as Don’t mention it./ No problem./
Happy to help. are informal ways of responding to a thank you.

July 24, 2018

Pas Simple (I did)

Study this example:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was an Austrian musician and composer. He Lived from 1756 to 1791. He started composing at the age of five and wrote more than 600 pieces of music. He was onLy 35 years oLd when he died.

Lived/started/wrote/was/died are all past simple.

Very often the past simple ends in -ed (regular verbs):
- I work in a travel agency now. Before that I worked in a department store.
- We invited them to our party, but they decided not to come.
- The police stopped me on my way home last night.
- Laura passed her exam because she studied very hard.

May 10, 2018

Must and can't

A. Study this example:

Must and can't
 You can use must to say that you believe something is certain:
  • You’ve been travelling all day. You must be tired. (Travelling is tiring and you’ve been travelling alt day, so you must be tired.) 
  •  ‘Joe is a hard worker.’ ‘Joe? You must be joking. He doesn’t do anything.’
  •  Louise must get very bored in her job. She does the same thing every day.
  •  I’m sure Sally gave me her address. I must have it somewhere.

May 08, 2018

Verb + -ing or to ... 2 ( try/need/help )

A. Try to ... and try -ing
Try to do = attempt to do, make an effort to do:
- I was very tired.  I tried to keep my eyes open, but I couldn't.
- Please try to be quiet when you come home.  Everyone will be asleep.

Try also means 'do something as an experiment or test'.  For example:
-  These cakes are delicious. You should try one.
(= you should have one to see if you like it)
-  We couldn't find anywhere to stay.  We tried every hotel in the town, but they were all full.
(= we went to every hotel to see if they had a room )

April 18, 2018


Choose the word that correctly completes each sentence below.

1. Everyone (complains, complain) when gas prices go up.
2. Most of Benito's shirts (has, have) at least one pocket.
3. Somebody (is, are) addressing all the wedding invitations with a fountain pen.
4. Everyone in the Hundley family (buys, buy) a new toothbrush twice a year.
5. Few of my friends (dislikes, dislike) both crunchy peanut butter and the smooth  variety.
6. Nobody (remembers, remember) that the space between the thumb and the first finger is called the purlicue.
7. Some of the children (stops, stop) at the ice cream shop every day.
8. Nothing (ends, end) the baby's crying except being rocked in the rocking chair.
9. All of the workers who enter by the main gate (passes, pass) through a metal detector.
10. Each of the messages on the answering machine (is, are) for Dody.

April 05, 2018

Some useful expressions for letter writing

- l’m just writing to thank you for....
- It was very kind of you to ....
- Thanks very much for ....
- I am very grateful for ....

Giving advice
- Well, I thought about it and if I were you, I would ....
- Have you thought about ....?
- In your last letter you said you weren’t sure what course of action to take, I suggest ....
- I think you shouldn’t ....
- In your last letter you asked me about ...., I think ....

February 27, 2018

Suggesting and Offering

Suggest means to give a suggestion that is to introduce or propose an idea or a plan for someone’s consideration. Suggestions are abstract and can be in form of solutions, advice, plan, and idea. It can be accepted or refused. Social function: to facilitate interpersonal communication between different people.

For example:
- Let’s finish our home work first. 
- Let’s go home.


When making suggestions, we often use the following expressions.

Formal Greetings

JAMES: Good morning, Professor Austin, how are you doing? PROFESSOR AUSTIN: Good morning, James. I am doing well. And you? JAMES:...