terça-feira, 31 de julho de 2007
"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?”
“Were you able to get the information?” are fine.
Can you come with me?
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
segunda-feira, 30 de julho de 2007
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
So the first category is of the
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 ;-)
Avant News presents Ghosts in the Radiators: My Crash Course in Home Heating House Chronicles posted at House Chronicles.
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
Ann Cook presents The Lost and Profound: The Spirituality Of Computer Science posted at The Lost and Profound.
Jonathan Deamer presents Heavenly humour: stand-up comedy and joke contests posted at Jonathan Deamer.
The Third Category -which my readers already know, is by far my favourite ;-) is of the
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
Ruby presents The Absolute Best Way to Start Feeling Depressed and Useless posted at Advice and Rants.
The Fourth category consists of the
The Fifth category is that of
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.
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
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."
artThailand presents artThailand: We Put The World Of Contemporary Art From Thailand Within Reach posted at artThailand.
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."
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
sábado, 28 de julho de 2007
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
2. Os substantivos terminados em -o, -ch, -sh, -ss, -x e -z formam o plural acrescentando-se o sufixo -es:
3. Palavras estrangeiras ou formas abreviadas em -o fazem o plural em -s
4. Os substantivos terminados em -y, precedidos de consoante, perdem o -y e recebem -ies:
5. Os substantivos abaixo terminados em -f ou -fe perdem essas letras e recebem -ves
6. Todos os demais substantivos terminados em -f ou -fe fazem o plural em -s:
7. Alguns substantivos passam por mudanças de vários tipos:
8. Com substantivos compostos, pluralizamos o seu componente principal:
9. Substantivos de origem estrangeira (gregos ou latinos) mantêm seus plurais originais:
Há, porém, uma tendência em pluralizar palavras de origem estrangeira com o plural inglês:
10. Alguns substantivos apresentam a mesma forma para o singular e o plural:
* 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:
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:
b) próprios - substantivos que se reportam a um ser em particular:
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
sábado, 14 de julho de 2007
“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
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
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
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.
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?)
"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.
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.
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 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
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?
Fonte : http://infinitelycrazy.blogspot.com
terça-feira, 10 de julho de 2007
Clearly, God is a Democrat.
Funny love phrases
My love life is terrible. The last time I was inside a woman was when I visited the Statue of Liberty.
If I ever caught myself dressed like that, I'd have to kick my own ass!
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.
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.
It is a scientific fact that your body will not absorb cholesterol if you take it from another person's plate.
sexta-feira, 6 de julho de 2007
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!
Fonte : http://infinitelycrazy.blogspot.com
terça-feira, 3 de julho de 2007
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