terça-feira, 31 de julho de 2007

Alas! Could you able to?

Is it proper to ask/say,

"Could you able to get the information?"

"We could not able to get similar results."

To me, the above interrogation and the statement are absurd.

"I cannot able to help you in this mission."

"Ram can able to come with you."

These two sentences are absurd as well.

“Could” and “able to” cannot stand together.
Can and able to can also not stand together.

“Could you get the information?”
Or
“Were you able to get the information?” are fine.

Can you come with me?
Or
Are you able to come with me? are fine too.

Could equals was able to/were able to
Can equals am able/is able to/are able to.

So, when could/can is used, no more able to.

Please leave your comments after going through this.Fonte : http://english-tutor.blogspot.com

WW - Banana Art

Good heavens! Did anyone ever know that Bananas can be made to look so well...whats the correct word...DIFFERENT??? Yaah! That's the word! Don't they look DIFFERENT??








Fonte : http://infinitelycrazy.blogspot.com

segunda-feira, 30 de julho de 2007

Can we “prepone” a meeting?

Look at the confusion below:

The meeting was originally scheduled for Saturday but Saturday happens to be the birthday of the grand daughter of the President. The president has to leave for the World tour starting on Sunday. What could be done?

The meeting cannot be postponed at any cost.
Can it be preponed?
Many say it can be.
But I say it cannot be preponed, because there is no such word in English yet.
Many speakers and news readers prepone things on a regular basis.
Why can’t we prepone a program(me)?

All right, Let us examine a few such words which automatically form by adding the prefix, pre and the suffix, post.

Test: pretest, posttest
Mortem:
premortem, postmortem
Paid :
prepaid, post paid

Can we use similarly

Pone: prepone, postpone ?

We cannot. There is no verb by the word pone and so it is not correct to use prepone. Postpone is a single word and it is not derived by adding post to the preexisting verb pone.


So, we better advance the meeting instead of preponing it.

Please avoid using the word prepone.

Advance your program(me).Fonte : http://english-tutor.blogspot.com

domingo, 29 de julho de 2007

The CARNIVAL of CRAZINESS, 3rd Edition!!

Ok, this is the last edtion of the Carnival of Craziness, so I'm putting in my BEST for this last time. Hope everyone enjoys themselves reading, (and hopefully, laughing too)! Enjoy!!!!!



So the first category is of the

Superbly Crazy:



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Dumbfiddler from her now-much-famous (and with good reason too) popular blog - Fiddlesticks has submitted for this Carnival Her First Ever Thursday Thirteen - 13 terribly naughty things she once did. WARNING - I am not responsible of you split your sides because of laughing too much ;-)



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Edward Rudisell presents Hitting the trifecta posted at Ed's Restroom Review.






Jonathan Deamer presents 50 signs you're a blogaholic posted at Jonathan Deamer.






Madeleine Begun Kane presents Weird News Snark (New Regular Feature) posted at Mad Kane's Humor Blog.






Wenchypoo presents If Only There Were Fewer People… posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo's Mental Wastebasket, saying, "Satirical twist on a conspiracy theory."






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Sarakastic presents The most hearfelt spam comment goes to... posted at Fibromyalgia Experiment, saying, "This spammer kicked crazy up a notch"






paris lia presents BAD FATHERS DAY IDEAS - A LIST! posted at LOLette.






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Aspeth presents Whackaloonery or Wave of the Future? posted at Twelve Years Of Being Annoyed By Chloe Sevigny, saying, "Giving a whole new meaning to the term "sleeping with the fishes.""






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bobbarama presents Steaking out my favorite booth posted at bobbarama.com






Avant News presents Ghosts in the Radiators: My Crash Course in Home Heating House Chronicles posted at House Chronicles.






Deanna presents Kids dress up as Terrorists for Halloween posted at Not Another One.






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Silicon Valley Blogger presents 22 Outrageous Ways To Save (Part 2) posted at The Digerati Life.






Mark A. Rayner presents Ask General Kang: Iran detained 14 squirrels for espionage last week ? what animal should I use to spy on my enemies? posted at the skwib.






The second category comes down to

Personal Experiences






Leslie Williams presents Too Many Choices posted at Do You Weary in Well Doing?, saying, "AAARGH! I can't choose!"






Ann Cook presents The Lost and Profound: The Spirituality Of Computer Science posted at The Lost and Profound.






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Kevin presents Doggy Style posted at Humble Tidbits of Vacuity.






Jonathan Deamer presents Heavenly humour: stand-up comedy and joke contests posted at Jonathan Deamer.






zamejias presents Verb: joyride posted at Verb.









The Third Category -which my readers already know, is by far my favourite ;-) is of the

Terribly Funny






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Anmol Mehta presents a hilarious account of his experience with (oops, I almost let that out! Go check out yourself!!!) in his post named Today I Finally Passed the Test and Have Officially Become a Man from his blog - Mastery of Meditation, Enlightenment & Kundalini Yoga







Michelle Mitchell presents Wherein Our Heroine Unknowingly Aids and Abets posted at scribbit.






Riversider presents Tales from the Riverbank posted at Save The Ribble.






Ruby presents The Absolute Best Way to Start Feeling Depressed and Useless posted at Advice and Rants.






The Fourth category consists of the

Filmy Atrractions





Tracy Coenen presents Good riddance Rosie O’Donnell posted at FRAUDfiles - its all about satisfaction at the 'downfall' of the Actress-Comedian Rosie O'Donnel.





Rickey Henderson presents Rickey Reviews "Transformers" posted at Riding with Rickey.





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Conan Stevens presents BANGKOK ADRENALINE MOVIE TRAILER - Extreme Action posted at Tall Muscle Actor Blog.





The Fifth category is that of

Important News





Sheppard Salter presents Insanity At School (Yawn?Nothing New.) posted at salterblog.com.





Praveen presents Rich Jerk Revisited posted at My Simple Trading System, saying, "Crazy rich jerk videos"





Kilroy_60 presents Fear and Loathing - The Gonzo Papers - A writer, spiritualist, business consultant, explorer and photographer looks at life - A Strategic Alliance posted at Fear And Loathing - The Gonzo Papers.





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Mr. Besilly presents iPhone's Holy Healing Light posted at iPhone Savior, saying, "Believers endured long lines outside the Apple flagship store in New York City on Tuesday for their chance to bathe in the new iPhone's holy healing light."






The sixth and last-but-not-the-least category -

Controversial and/or Miscellaneous Stuff





Only Three Notes presents Stupid Americans! posted at Only Three Notes.





TherapyDoc presents The reality of lying posted at Everyone Needs Therapy, saying, "Let the kids lie, it's okay."





Sheppard Salter presents Breast Feeding posted at salterblog.com.





zenofeller presents The drowned faithfull posted at zenofeller.com.





James Dango presents Consider a Desktop for Your College Computer posted at College and Finance.





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FitBuff presents FitBuff.com's Total Mind and Body Fitness Blog » Blog Archive » Average IQ Score Determined by Birth Order? posted at FitBuff.com's Total Mind and Body Fitness Blog, saying, "According to a recent study of nearly 250,000 males between 18 and 19 years old, the first-born had an average IQ score 2.3 points higher than their younger siblings. Doesn't sound like much, right? But, those 2.3 points increase a child's chances of getting into an Ivy League school by 30 percent."





Anna - On The Ponderosa presents TEENAGERS?The New Gateway Drug For Parents posted at On The Ponderosa.





artThailand presents artThailand: We Put The World Of Contemporary Art From Thailand Within Reach posted at artThailand.





Scooter Van Neuter presents Dems Got Religion posted at Scooter's Report.





pointlessbanter presents How to get the romance back in your love life at Pointlessbanter.net posted at Pointlessbanter.net, saying, "Kevin gives his tips on what your love life really needs."





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Kathryn Lang presents Be Peculiar Not Normal posted at The Peculiar Club, saying, "Why be normal?"





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Shakir Hasnain has submitted three well written poems from three of his well known blogs - so here they are:


migrant from Dokto Lapse Eternus


a beautiful word from The crimsonflaw lived to tell the tale


sometimes from Mortarbled

Fonte : http://infinitelycrazy.blogspot.com

sábado, 28 de julho de 2007

How do we pronounce Dengue?

I was literally baffled hearing people pronouncing dengue fever the different ways they liked it.
There were reasons why I heard it many a time in the last few days.
I came across people cutting across doctors, nurses, scientists, news readers, friends et al.
Dengue was heard as Dengoo, dingo, deng, dengu but very few pronounced it correctly. The correct one seemed dengi. Almost all english news channels pronouced it correctly over the past 2 years. Try the link and hear it.
www.yourdictionary.com/ahd/pron/D0130900.wavFonte : http://english-tutor.blogspot.com

Is there a Universal tag question?

For Indian English speakers, there seems to be one.
The following are striking erroneous examples.

He is very weak, isn’t it?
I have to attend to today’s work at any cost, isn’t it?
She may come here today, isn’t it?

Speakers tend to use ‘isn’t it’ for anything and everything making it a faulty universal tag question.

In fact, tag questions are wonderful tools to support the sentences, be it affirmative or negative. The tag questions don’t exist on their own but exist as a part of the sentences.


When using tag questions, watch for 4 points:

What tense is the verb?
What kind of verb is it? (to be/other verbs)
Is the sentence affirmative or negative?
Does the pronoun need to be changed?

Affirmative becomes Negative in the tag question

Jack's happy, isn't he? (he is -> isn't he?)
Susan's tired, isn't she? (she is -> isn't she?)
It's warm today, isn't it? (it is -> isn't it?)
They're busy, aren't they? (they are -> aren't they?)
You and I are fun people, aren't we? (we are -> aren't we?)
You're quiet, aren't you? (you are -> aren't you?)
I'm intelligent, aren't I? (I am -> aren't I?)

am I not ? (I am -> am I not?)

Choose the correct tag to finish the sentence.


1. Teresa is an accountant,___? aren't she?/ doesn't she? /isn't she?/ She isn't?

2. I am a good worker,___? I am?/ do I?/ amn't I? /aren't I?

3. Peirre is a grandfather,___? he isn't? /isn't he? /he is? /doesn't he?
4. Kate is a doctor, ___? she is? /she? /doesn't she? /isn't she?

5. Jacq and Ali are students, ___? aren't they?/ are they?/ isn't he? /isn't they?

6. Mario is at work right now, ___? aren't they?/ isn't he? /is he? /isn't she?

7. I'm here, ___? am I not? /am not I?/ amn't I? /aren't you?
8. You and I are busy now, ___? aren't I? /aren't we? /we aren't? /aren't you?
9. It's windy today, ___? am I? /aren't they?/ isn't it? /isn't he?

10. I am ready for the exercise, __?

isn't it?/don't I?/aren't you?/aren't I?

What do you feel about this? Please post your comments for interaction and further improvement.

Fonte : http://english-tutor.blogspot.com

quinta-feira, 26 de julho de 2007

Let's see the previous one

Sorry for not attending to the blog in time as promised. Nonetheless, we do make a discussion here on the previous post.

As mentioned, the tense in “This has been happening since last six months with greater frequency” is present perfect continuous tense.


In this sentence, the word ‘since’ should have been replaced with ‘for’. If ‘since’ is a must, then the sentence should read as “This has been happening since February this year with greater frequency” or so. Whenever we use ‘since’ in present perfect continuous tense, the time should represent the starting point and not the duration. If it is representing the duration then we can’t use since and in its place should ‘for’ should be used.

Let me quote three examples from Wren and Martin:

He has been sleeping for five hours.
They have been building the bridge for several months.
They have been playing since four O’ clock.

Any standard English grammar would clarify this.Fonte : http://english-tutor.blogspot.com

Sticky Post - The Carnival of Craziness Edition 3

Well, this is the LAST Edition. (I love hosting Carnivals, but as I am a XII Grade Student, I have lots n lots of work to do)

And if you want to participate, please...do send your posts.

However, the Carnival is going to be held on the 30th of July, and the last date for submission is the 27th of July (which is less than a week away, by the way) so hurry and select your posts before Time Runs Out (That sounds nice and impressive, doesn't it?)

You can submit posts by leaving the link in the comments to this post, OR by using the Blog Carnival Submission Form

Happy CRAZINESS!!Fonte : http://infinitelycrazy.blogspot.com

quarta-feira, 25 de julho de 2007

Thursday Thirteen on English...

OH WOW! TRIVIA!

I love any sort of trivia - you might have gathered that by now by my multiple trivia postings
;-)

So here's some great trivia on The English Language!


Facetious and abstemious are the only words that contain all the vowels in the correct order.

Adcomsubordcomphibspac is the longest acronym. It is a Navy term standing for Administrative Command, Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet Subordinate Command.

Almost is the longest commonly used word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.

Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village".

Dreamt is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

Fickleheaded and fiddledeedee are the longest words consisting only of letters in the first half of the alphabet.

Asthma and isthmi are the only six-letter words that begin and end with a vowel and have no other vowels between.

Forty is the only number which has its letters in alphabetical order. One is the only number with its letters in reverse alphabetical order.

Four is the only number whose number of letters in the name equals the number.

One thousand contains the letter A, but none of the words from one to nine hundred ninety-nine has an A.

The two longest one-syllable words in English are screeched and strengths

The longest word with no repeated letters is uncopywritable

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is the longest word likely to appear in an unabridged dictionary.


Fonte : http://infinitelycrazy.blogspot.com

terça-feira, 24 de julho de 2007

5 More Hilarious Church Signs - Happy WW!

Yippeee!! I've posted 5 more!

The last five made me laugh so much, (and you too, I noticed when I read the comments!), that I searched through my entire list of e-mails till I found this one which contained these!

I only hope you find hem as funny as last time :)










Fonte : http://infinitelycrazy.blogspot.com

sábado, 21 de julho de 2007

The 38th Time...

When I read this I could hardly beleive it - its so astonishing! But what makes is convincing is the fact that it appeared in Reuters!!!!!

In June, Indian farmer Shiv Charan Yadav, 73, failed his high school gateway exams (normally given at age 15) for the 38th time. That was the good part.

The bad part: He had vowed the first time not to marry until he passes

Result/ Consequence: He has immediately started studying for attempt number 39.

By the way, how do you like the Chemistry Lab File Approach to presenting a news article?Fonte : http://infinitelycrazy.blogspot.com

quinta-feira, 19 de julho de 2007

Thursday Thirteen - 13 Tallest Buildings of the World

This is a list which is found on tons of websites all over the net - I thought I'll put it up here for those who are curious about such things.

I haven't visited any yet - have ou people gone to any of them?

They certainly sound intriguing

I think that from all of them, I like the pictures of the Sears Tower the most - I feel the most awed when looking at its pic - I think I'll visit that FIRST (if I ever get around to visiting 'em all :-D)

1. Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan
2. Petronas Tower 1, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
3. Petronas Tower 2, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
4. Sears Tower, Chicago
5. Jin Mao Building, Shanghai
6. Two International Finance Centre, Hong Kong
7. CITIC Plaza, Guangzhou, China
8. Shun Hing Square, Shenzhen, China
9. Empire State Building, New York
10. Central Plaza, Hong Kong
11. Bank of China, Hong Kong
12. Emirates Tower One, Dubai
13. Tuntex Sky Tower, Kaohsiung, Taiwan


Happy Thursday Thirteen!!


Fonte : http://infinitelycrazy.blogspot.com

quarta-feira, 18 de julho de 2007

Plural of Nouns (Plural dos Substantivos)

1. A regra geral para a formação do plural é acrescentar um -S ao singular:


book
girl
day
table
livro
garota
dia
mesa
books
girls
days
tables
livros
garotas
dias
mesas

2. Os substantivos terminados em -o, -ch, -sh, -ss, -x e -z formam o plural acrescentando-se o sufixo -es:

hero
tomato
church
watch
brush
wish
glass
box
buzz
topaz
herói
tomate
igreja
relógio
pincel
desejo
copo
caixa
zumbido
topázio
heroes
tomatoes
churches
watches
brushes
wishes
glasses
boxes
buzzes
topazes
heróis
tomates
igrejas
relógios
pincéis
desejos
copos
caixas
zumbidos
topázios


3. Palavras estrangeiras ou formas abreviadas em -o fazem o plural em -s

cello
dynamo
ghetto
kilo
libretto
magneto
piano
photo
portfolio
radio
solo
soprano
tango

virtuoso

violoncelo dínamo
gueto
quilo
libreto
magneto
piano
foto
pasta
rádio
solo
soprano
tango
virtuoso

cellos
dynamos
ghettos
kilos
librettos
magnetos
pianos
photos
portfolios
radios
solos
sopranos
tangos

virtuosos

violoncelos dínamos
guetos
quilos
libretos
magnetos
pianos
fotos
pastas
rádios
solos
sopranos
tangos
virtuosos

4. Os substantivos terminados em -y, precedidos de consoante, perdem o -y e recebem -ies:

country
family
fly
lady
story
país
família
mosca
senhora
história
countries
families
flies
ladies
stories
países
famílias
moscas
senhoras
histórias

5. Os substantivos abaixo terminados em -f ou -fe perdem essas letras e recebem -ves

calf
elf
half
knife
leaf
life
loaf
self

sheaf
shelf
thief
wife
wolf
bezerro
elfo
metade
faca
folha
vida
pão
a própria
pessoa
feixe
estante
ladrão
esposa
lobo
calves
elves
halves
knives
leaves
lives
loaves
selves


sheaves
shelves
thieves
wives
wolves
bezerro
elfos
metades
facas
folhas
vidas
pães
as próprias
pessoas
feixes
estantes
ladrões
esposas
lobos

6. Todos os demais substantivos terminados em -f ou -fe fazem o plural em -s:

chief
cliff
roof
fife
strife
chefe
penhasco
telhado
pífaro
briga
chiefs
cliffs
roofs
fifes
strifes
chefes
penhascos
telhados
pífaros
brigas

7. Alguns substantivos passam por mudanças de vários tipos:

child
ox
foot
goose
tooth
gentleman
man
woman
louse
mouse
criança
boi

ganso
dente
cavalheiro
homem
mulher
piolho
camundongo
children
oxen
feet
geese
teeth
gentlemen
men
women
lice
mice
crianças
bois
pés
gansos
dentes
cavalheiros
homens
mulheres
piolhos
camundongos

8. Com substantivos compostos, pluralizamos o seu componente principal:

brother-in-law
errand-boy
godfather
maidservant
stepdaughter
cunhado
mensageiro
padrinho
criada
enteada
brothers-in-law
errand-boys
godfathers
maidservants
stepdaughters
cunhados
mensageiros
padrinhos
criadas
enteadas

9. Substantivos de origem estrangeira (gregos ou latinos) mantêm seus plurais originais:

alumnus
analysis
axis
bacillus
bacterium
basis
crisis
criterion
datum
erratum
hypothesis
oasis
phenomenon
radius
stratum
ex-aluno
análise
eixo
bacilo
bactéria
base
crise
critério
dado
errata
hipótese
oásis
fenômeno
raio
estrato
alumni
analyses
axes
bacilli
bacteria
bases
crises
criteria
data
errata
hipotheses
oases
phenomena
radii
strata
ex-alunos
análises
eixos
bacilos
bactérias
bases
crises
critérios
dados
erratas
hipóteses
oásis
fenômenos
raios
estratos

Há, porém, uma tendência em pluralizar palavras de origem estrangeira com o plural inglês:

dogma
bureau

stadium
terminus
memorandum
dogma
escritório
comercial
estádio
término
memorando
dogmas
bureaus

stadiums
terminuses
memorandums
dogmas
escritórios
comerciais
estádios
términos
memorandos

10. Alguns substantivos apresentam a mesma forma para o singular e o plural:

deer
grouse
sheep
species
fish*
salmon
series
trout
veado(s)
galinha(s) silvestre(s)
carneiro(s)
espécie(s)
peixe(s)
salmão(ões)
série(s)
truta(s)


* admite também o plural fishes.

11. Alguns substantivos, por conter a idéia de um grande número ou porque indicam que a entidade é composta de duas partes iguais, são somente usados no plural:

binoculars
cattle
glasses
jeans
knickers
leggings
pajamas
pants
pliers
pincers
police
scales
scissors
shorts
tights
tongs
trousers
binóculo
gado
óculos
jeans
calções
fusô
pijama
calça
alicate
pinça
polícia
balança
tesoura
calção
meia-calça
tenaz
calça

Abstract Nouns (Substantivos Abstratos)

Dá-se o nome de abstratos a todos os substantivos que indicam qualidade, estado e ação:

courage
fear
goodness
effort
wisdom
sadness
trip
joy
movement
coragem
medo
bondade
esforço
sabedoria
tristeza
viagem
alegria
movimento

Nouns (Substantivos)

Concrete Nouns (Substantivos Concretos)

Chamam-se concretos os substantivos que designam os seres propriamente ditos, isto é, os nomes de pessoas, lugares instituições e coisas.

Eles se dividem em:

a) comuns - substantivos que designam os seres de uma espécie:

man
cat
tree
table
diamond
homem
gato
árvore
mesa
diamante

b) próprios - substantivos que se reportam a um ser em particular:

Alice
the Danube
Canada
London
the Alps
Alice
o Danúbio
Canadá
Londres
os Alpes

c) coletivos - substantivos que indicam um conjunto de pessoas, animais ou coisas da mesma espécie:

swarm (of bees)
fleet (of ships)
army (of soldiers)
forest (of trees)
crowd (of people)

terça-feira, 17 de julho de 2007

Weird Appartments - WW

I swear these are NOT trumped up pics in Acrobat or any other program - these are for real

Anyway, what strikes you weird about these?






Happy Wordless Wednesday!

Fonte : http://infinitelycrazy.blogspot.com

sábado, 14 de julho de 2007

Trivial errors of age

In my place, we have an overwhelmingly popular evening daily. This daily at times makes trivial language errors. In the group of people with whom I work, I often encounter the same errors and I realize that these are in fact geographical linguistic errors. These errors are not mountainous and it never paints the speaker ignorant. But a correction would surely make them much better. Look at the following sentence as appeared in the daily recently:

“This has been happening since last six months with greater frequency”.

As you are aware, the tense used is present perfect continuous. Don’t you find any error in this usage? A humble letter by the yours truly was duely acknowledged by the editor of the daily promising not to repeat the error. I would like to get the readers’ response first. I would post my explanations and corrections on 18th of July.

Hope to meet a lot of people in this page in a few days’ time.Fonte : http://english-tutor.blogspot.com

sexta-feira, 13 de julho de 2007

A JOKE!!

I thought this one up right now...just a minute ago!

I keep 169 in my palace.

169 is the square of 13, which is supposed to be an unlucky number, and the square of a negative number is positive, so the dogs reverse the bad effect and make me lucky!!



HA HA HA HA HA! Another jokes The Crazy King of Clowns has successfully made!!

Yeah, yeah, I know.

It wasn't THAT funny

But admit it, it was funny, even if it was only a little funny!!

:)Fonte : http://infinitelycrazy.blogspot.com

SHARING ENGLISH TIPS

Dear friends, colleagues and students,

We are aware that Indians are not borne English speakers or writers. Many of us would like to excel in the English usage but many do not. Is there anything wrong if we try to improve our language? Not at all. Grammar and rich vocabulary alone don't make people good in English. Continuous usage and conversation ofcourse can make a sea change. This is a humble beginning. I invite all my friends to contribute to this blog. It could be anything in English language. The questions asked may be answered by someone. Let us try to be rich together.

I sometimes try to make catchy phrases that attract people. One such expression was "Let us fight amongst us but grow together". Let us hope this would work here.

In a group of people who work for the same cause, "collective growing is better than selective growing"

Though the colonial shadow haunts us even today, we can try to make a difference on our own.

Come on, Join me.

Pink HorizonFonte : http://english-tutor.blogspot.com

VAMOS REZAR EM INGLÊS?

Com certeza, religião é algo muito pessoal e universal. A oração, na crença cristã, é a comunicação com Deus que nos permite agradecer ou pedir bênçãos. As orações são dirigidas a nosso Pai Celestial em nome de Jesus Cristo ou Santos, dependendo da religião, como intercessores.
Apresentamos algumas orações mais conhecidas para que você aprenda a ter pensamentos positivos, elevados à Deus, em inglês:
Our Father (Pai Nosso)
Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name, Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary (Ave Maria)
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Thing

Esta é uma palavra muito útil em inglês. Sua tradução literal é coisa, objeto. Mas você pode usá-la também para:
a. substituir qualquer outra palavra quando não quiser ser muito preciso.
Exemplo: I have to go to the supermarket. I need a few things.
(Tenho de ir ao supermercado. Preciso de algumas coisas.)
b. indicar um objeto inanimado, em oposição a plantas, animais e pessoas.
Exemplo: He is only interested in things. He’s not interested in people.
(Ele só se interessa por coisas. Não se interessa por pessoas.)
c. se referir a suas roupas ou objetos pessoais, como livros, fotografias, etc.
Exemplo: Where are my things?
(Onde estão as minhas coisas?)
d. no plural, pode se referir à vida em geral.
Exemplo: How are things?
(Como vão as coisas?)

Friday the 13 th's word of the day: paraskavedekatriaphobia

"I'm not coming out of the house," Sharp said Thursday, before correcting herself. "I'm going to get my paycheck and then I'm not coming out."
Sharp, an 18-year-old sales associate from North Charleston, believes Friday the 13th to be unlucky, much like walking under ladders and black cats crossing her path (she's afraid of those, too.)
To her, spending the day outside might tempt the fates and perhaps result in a car wreck. "I don't go nowhere, for real," she said. "It's a bad luck day."
While most Americans consider Friday the 13th just another day, the fear that something bad could happen (being forced to sit through "Friday the 13th Part X," for instance) is very real for some.
There's even a scientific term for being afraid of Friday the 13th: paraskavedekatriaphobia. Try saying that three times, or even once. (Hint: It rhymes with "Share Us a Way Make a Try"-aphobia.)
The fear is pervasive enough in our society that there are several Web sites — not FDA-approved, mind you — that promise they can correct the problem in the time it takes to put new brakes on your car. Experts advise those who do have a paralyzing fear of the day to seek professional help.
Edmund Kern, associate professor of history at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., specializes in religious culture and the history of magic and witchcraft. Superstitions evolve through association and stories rather than meaning and logic, he said, and can be put in perspective by looking at the historical origins:
The belief that the number 13 is a bad omen goes back to the ancient Romans, Kern said. The fear of Friday dates to the 14th century and Geoffrey Chaucer, who considered it an unlucky day to begin a trip, he said, though the combination of Friday and 13 being a bad omen didn't emerge until the late 19th or early 20th century, likely brought on by the spread of mass media (we're always happy to help).
"There's no reason or rationality behind superstitions," Kern said. "I think superstitions persist because they offer some sense of control in a world that is largely beyond our control."
Courtney Palmer, a saleswoman from Charleston, said she used to believe Friday the 13th was unlucky until her daughter was born on July 13 last year. "I used to be (superstitious) until Jamie was born, and I realized her birthday was going to be on Friday the 13th every seven years," Palmer said.
She's still superstitious about other things, though. Her daughter broke a mirror recently, and Palmer can't help but wonder whether that played a part in little Jamie's cold or diaper rash.
Others fly in the face of superstitions. "Thirteen is my lucky number," Marie Sando of Summerville said. "I play 13 when I play the Lotto." She might not have won big money, but that's beside the point. Melissa Lee, a 23-year-old tattoo artist and body piercer says she intentionally does unlucky things on Friday the 13th to prove it's all a bunch of hooey.
"I look forward to it," Lee said. "I'll walk under ladders, play with a black cat, just to have people stare at me."
You just don't get that sort of attention on Mondays.

Modal Verbs

FORMA
may, might e must são verbos, mas nunca terão sua forma alterada por conjugaão.
Para passá-los para a forma interrogativa ou negativa, não serão usados auxiliares. Ex.: May I have this dance? You might not like this film. The actors are not talented.
may, might e must serão seguidos pelo verbo em sua forma natural. Ex.: You must water your bonsai everyday.
USO
Tanto MAY quanto MIGHT são usados para se referir à possibilidade de uma situação ocorrer no presente ou no futuro. MIGHT é uma forma mais hesiante, menos definitiva do que MAY, que por sua vez demonstra maior chance de que algo aconteça. Ex.: I may go to the beach this weekend (50% de chance), and Meg might come with me (30% de chance).
MUST é um verbo modal que demonstra a obrigatoriedade de uma ação ou situação.
Ex.: If you want to be rich, you must work hard, or win the lottery.
MUST também é usado para indicar uma possibilidade concreta baseada em dedução. Ex.: He is very handsome man. He must have a girlfriend.
MAY é muito usado para pedirmos permissão de uma forma respeitosa. Ex.: May I help you? May I step on the grass?

Question Tag

Question Tag é uma interrogação rápida que se faz ao final da frase; é como uma confirmação do que se diz. Se a primeira parte da frase for afirmativa, a segunda parte será negativa e vice-versa.
1. Question tag com verbos auxiliares.
He is a custumer, isn't he? (Ele é um freguês, não é?) 1ª parte afirmativa final negativo
He isn't custumer, is he? (Ele não é um freguês, é?) 1ª parte negativa final afirmativo.
2. Quando os verbos não são auxiliares empregamos as formas verbais:
a) do, does, don't, doesn't para o presente; b) did, didn't para o passado.
Exemplos: You know England, don't you? Você conhece a Inglaterra, não conhece?
She doesn't speak English, does she? Ela não fala inglês, fala?
3. Question tag com o future e o conditional
You will go, won't you? (Você irá, não irá?) She would come, wouldn't she? (Ela viria, não viria?) He won't come in time, will he? (Ele não virá a tempo, virá?)

quarta-feira, 11 de julho de 2007

13 Most Popular Female Baby Names

I received them in the same email in which I also received the Most Popular Male Bay Names - Hope you like them.

I also hope that this list will increase the current number of most popular names (get what I'm meaning?)

Anyway, my favourite from all of these is Jane - a nice good old, short name. What do you people think?

1. Emily
2. Emma
3. Madison
4. Isabella
5. Ava
6. Abigail
7. Jane
8. Olivia
9. Hannah
10. Sophia
11. Sophie
12. Samantha
13. Nancy



Fonte : http://infinitelycrazy.blogspot.com

terça-feira, 10 de julho de 2007

Frases para treinar seu Inglês

Political Quotes
Clearly, God is a Democrat.
Patrick Caddell

Funny love phrases
My love life is terrible. The last time I was inside a woman was when I visited the Statue of Liberty.
Woody Allen

Actor Phrases
If I ever caught myself dressed like that, I'd have to kick my own ass!
Adam Sandler


Funny quotes on life
As you become more clear about who you really are, you'll be better able to decide what is best for you - the first time around.
Oprah Winfrey


Groucho Marx funny quotes and sayings
A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.
Getting older is no problem. You just have to live long enough.
I'm not feeling very well - I need a doctor immediately. Ring the nearest golf course.
Groucho Marx


Funny sayings
It is a scientific fact that your body will not absorb cholesterol if you take it from another person's plate.
Dave Barry

sexta-feira, 6 de julho de 2007

5 Hilarious Church Signs - Happy WW!

I found them hilarious!

Hope you laugh your heads off reading these (but no, then you'd have to go running after them to catch them) - HA HA HA HA HA! I finally made a joke! HA HA HA HA HA!








Happy WW!

Fonte : http://infinitelycrazy.blogspot.com

terça-feira, 3 de julho de 2007

The HOLE in the CD

Some people either have too much time to waste, OR spend their time doing this as their profession :)

Anyway, I love the results - its quite innovative, isn't it?
I like the 3rd the most - what about you folks?









Happy Wordless Wednesday!!
Fonte : http://infinitelycrazy.blogspot.com