Holistic Grammar – Part 4

TASK 3: MODAL VERBS What are the modal verbs?: PRESENT PAST Can Could Shall Should Will Would May Might Must MODALS INTRODUCE THE JUDGEMENT OF THE SPEAKER. If we are describing a situation, we do not use a modal; if we are describing the speakers attitude/judgement of a situation, we use a modal or adverb…

Do exams help us learn and develop skills?

In today’s Guardian newspaper: “80% of school teachers think the relentless focus on exams is hindering the development of character in UK schools, according to research by the Jubilee Centre for Characters and Virtues.” What do you think? Is the situation similar in your country?  Let us know by commenting under the link to this article…

HOLISTIC GRAMMAR – part 3

TASK 2: ASPECT If the present tense refers to a what the speaker sees as current reality, and the past tense refers to remote situations, the aspects help us express how we see the relationship between the verb and its context: What does the PERFECT express? Have you ever been to Canada? I’m hungry –…

Idioms

“It’s raining cats and dogs!”  Idioms like these may sound rather odd when translated into other languages!  However the same is true when the translation is done from other languages into English.  Click on the picture for an article with some funny examples!