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Improving Grammar with Tanya and Dan


Improving Grammar with Tanya and Dan

My dear friends! Being a professional teacher of English grammar, I decided to start this group to help you improve your knowledge of the subject. Many members asked me to do it and I do feel like that! So, I am planning to start a few discussions where you will be able to ask me questions or to have some practice. I'd also like to involve my husband, a native speaker, who is supposed to be helpful. So, how do you feel about such a group?

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Dear teacherPlease explain me about "certain verb".Thank you!Continue

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Comment by the top of the world on September 6, 2017 at 13:09

Hi, Dear teachers.

It's my question. Is the meaning of these two word (difficult and tricky) same or one of them is adjective and the ather is strong adjective.

Please explain them me with examples.

Thank you

Comment by Tanya on August 30, 2017 at 11:50

Hi, dear Top!

TO LIVE is to exist, to be alive (contrary TO BE DEAD). We live until we die. It may also mean our lifestyle, place of residence, etc.

TO SURVIVE means to continue to live (not to die) despite some danger, accident or hardship.

Here are a few examples:

We live in a very picturesque place.

Some people have no subsistence to live.

He survived in a plane crash.

They surived despite not having water to drink.

He has got severe injuries but he will survive.

Comment by the top of the world on August 30, 2017 at 6:41

Dear teachers.

Please explain me th verbs TO LIVE and TO SURVIVE.

IT will be very kind of you if you answer my question.

Comment by simran on August 22, 2017 at 14:54
Thanks dear Tanya man to make me understand.
Comment by Tanya on August 21, 2017 at 11:13

Dear Bet, in the first sentence I would say "I could hardly tell the difference..." In my sentence, it is a compound verb.

The second sentence is grammatically correct and it is the simple present tense.

The rest sentences are incorrect.

3. Doesn't make sense and the verb is in the simple form (like). I would say "I will hardly call him again".

4. It is so-so. If you say "by 6 pm", you should use the future perfect tense.

5. You wanted to use the passive voice. So, it must be

I will hardly be forgotten by you.

Comment by Tanya on August 21, 2017 at 11:03

Dear Simran, these two adjectives are really tricky. They are different but may be synonyms in some cases. It is a good question. Speaking about people

LONE may mean "without being accompanied, solitary or single, isolated, lucking a support of others".

ALONE may mean "on one's own, single-handed (without others' help or participation), lonely and isolated".

Here are a few examples:

I saw a lone man getting drunk in the bar.

He was a lone man, without family or friends.

She felt so alone and exposed.

Can you do it alone?

Leave me alone!

Comment by bet on August 21, 2017 at 8:43

Thanks a lot dear Tanya....I think now I know what is examples are...

1. I hardly found any difference between the twins! (simple past tense)

2. I hardly like shopping.(simple present)

3. I  like hardly call him (complex)

4. I will hardly be there by 6 o'clock.

5. I will have hardly forgotten by you.

Comment by Tanya on August 21, 2017 at 8:18

Dear Bet, HARDLY as well as most of other adverbs is positioned between two parts of a compound verb. We ususally position an adverb after the first part of a complex verb in the present and past tenses. In the future perfect tenses we position an adverb behind HAVE. Here are a few examples:

He will hardly forget this day.

He has hardly been there.

He was hardly being followed.

He will have hardly finish this work by Friday.

Comment by simran on August 20, 2017 at 17:10
Hello dear Tanya teacher
I have confusion about two words
'lone' 'alone'
What's difference between them.
Comment by bet on August 20, 2017 at 10:27

if hardly takes place before verb in simple tense than how about complex and compound?


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