domingo, 9 de setembro de 2007

I have read that book yesterday

Is there anything wrong in this sentence?
This is a simple sentence and tense used is present perfect.
In fact, I asked a few of my friends who are fairly good in English conversation and writing. They found nothing wrong in the usage.
But there’s something wrong here.
While using present perfect tense (have read), the sentence could be
I have already read that book or
I have read that book
It can never be “I have read that book yesterday.”
The past time adverb (yesterday, last week etc.) cannot be placed along with present perfect tense.
If the time needs to be specified, past simple is the option.
I read that book yesterday.
I met him last week.
I have already seen him. (I have seen him last week –incorrect)
We haven’t seen Tom for a long time - Correct (for a long time is not a past time adverb)
Past simple and present perfect are two different ways in English to talk about an event in the past.
The past simple suggests “then” or “at that time”.
The present perfect suggests “up to now” or “before now”
Hope these two usages are clear.Fonte :

quarta-feira, 5 de setembro de 2007

TT - Interesting Facts About France

Nearly 20% of the territory of France lies outside Europe and known as "DOM-TOM" (overseas departments and territories), where over 2.5 million French citizens live.

More tourists visit France each year than any other country in the world, with 67 million annual tourist arrivals (more than the country's population).

André Gide, French writer and Nobel Prize of Literature, said "French people are Italian people in bad mood".

The tides in the region of Brittany and Normandy are the strongest in Europe, with a difference in level of up to 15 meters between high and low tide.

French used to be the language of the nobility and diplomacy all across Europe and in the Ottoman Empire, then the world's first real international language until English replaced it in the mid-20th century.

The name "France" comes from "Frank", a Germanic tribe that invaded the Western Roman Empire in the 6th century and founded the first independent kingdom covering most of today's France.

The French state is one of the oldest in Europe; it was founded in 843, splitting from the Carolingian Empire based in Aachen (Belgo-German border).

The spectacle "Ionesco" has been playing at the Théâtre de La Huchette since 1957, with over 15,000 performances - a world record.

The capital of Malta, Valletta, was built by and named after the French nobleman Jean Parisot de la Valette (1494-1568), Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller and ruler of the island.

"La Marseillaise", France's national anthem, was composed in Strasbourg in 1792, not in Marseilles as its name might induce to think.

France has won the 4th most Summer Olympic medals (including gold) in history after the USA, USSR and UK.

France has won the most Nobel Prizes for Literature of any country (13 so far) and the second highest number of Field Medals (mathematics) after the USA.

On 10 June 2007, a sabre having belonged to Napoleon I was sold at an auction for € 4.8 million - the most expensive weapon ever sold.

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terça-feira, 4 de setembro de 2007

domingo, 2 de setembro de 2007

Does @ mean at the rate of?

We have heard many people reading out the email address. is read as akshariff at the rate of
It is very peculiar to expand the symbol@ as at the rate of.
We hear this mainly in this part of the world.
@ needs to be read as at. It is meaningful because the unique email id akshariff is located at the server
Remember one thing: @ symbol IS NOT exclusively for email addresses. Long time before all of us were born, in fact, even way before our fathers started having wet dreams, the @ symbol was used in commerce and yes, it already meant "at" back then.It was used to give the price of goods in relation to the quantity of that particular good.
For example:
1 Washer Machine @ $53.00 ea. = $53.00(one washer machine at $53.00 each)
3 Hamburgers @ 5¢ = 15¢(three burgers at five cents each)
4 oranges @ 3¢ each = 12¢(four oranges at three cents each)

A clarification was sought when an author wrote in his research paper that silkworms were fed with mulberry leaves @ 15 kg per 400 worms whether @ meant at or something else.
Globally, @ is read as at, not at the rate of.
Let us follow this.Fonte :