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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Is "Teacher of school" correct OR " School Teacher"?

Started by Bijan. Last reply by Bijan Nov 14, 2017. 4 Replies

Greetings to all my dear teachers on English Club,First, are following sentences correct, please?1. My job is  teacher of school in Tehran.2. My job is school teacher in Tehran.  Second, I have a…Continue

Why not to write something for us to correct your mistakes?

Started by Tanya. Last reply by Sak Aug 25, 2017. 121 Replies

I propose you to write any text here if you'd like to have it corrected. People mostly learn from their own mistakes! Just give it a try! You will succeed sooner or later! And be confident! We are…Continue

use of never in present indefinite tense

Started by simran. Last reply by Rene Jul 30, 2017. 5 Replies

Hii dear teachersI have confusion in using of never in present indefinite tense.Which sentence is correctShe never tell a lie.Orshe never tells a lie.Continue

Short answer

Started by the top of the world. Last reply by Tanya Jun 17, 2017. 1 Reply

Hello dear teacherThere is my question.Do you read?short answer will be /Yes I do. or No Idon't.If Do you read or write? How can we answer for this question.Continue

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Comment by Onee-chan on December 19, 2017 at 8:39

Teacher Dan, thank you so much for the link. :)

Yes, I have checked the article on other source, it was typo. 

Thank you once again. ^^

Comment by Danny Clark on December 18, 2017 at 8:49

Dear Onee, there are two different methods of teaching: top-down and bottom-up. Here is the link

LEST sounds like a typo. Are you sure it is not TEST?

Comment by Onee-chan on December 18, 2017 at 3:32


I'd like to ask about this sentence from an article. I don't understand the bold words. Hope to hear your enlightenment. Thank you in advance. :)

"The top down, teach-and-lest method, in which learning is motivated by a system of rewards and punishments rather than by curiosity or by any real desire to know, is well designated for indoctrination and obedience training but not much else."

Comment by Lone Wolf on December 9, 2017 at 11:25

Dear Teacher Danny, Bijan, SNR

     Very happy to see your appreciation. Thanks a lot.

     I could explain it only because "BEEN" is a basic grammar portion. 

     Cannot explain Intermediate or Advanced grammar questions :)

Comment by Danny Clark on December 9, 2017 at 11:22

Dear Simran! I realize what collocations you mean but what is your problem with them? First, I'd like to say that the first noun is usually singurar like

5 dollar note;

100 mile distance;

a table spoon.

And what do you mean by 'children day"? Do you mean November 20? We call it Universal Children's Day.

Comment by Danny Clark on December 9, 2017 at 11:13

Wow, dear Wolf! Great explanatins! I have nothing to add!

Comment by Bijan on December 9, 2017 at 10:59

Dear Lone Wolf, 

You explained very well. I believe you are an excellent teacher.

Best wishes,

Bijan from the Persian Gulf

Comment by SNR on December 9, 2017 at 9:51

Omgggg, lone wolffff :D

Woow your grammar is really good u have explained it very clearly. Thanks you :p

Lol now I am.confident enough I can ask any doubt to u in absense of our teachers :p

Comment by Lone Wolf on December 8, 2017 at 6:25

It seems our great teachers are busy these days.Hope they will join us and answer question.

In the meantime, here is a learner’s version of “BEEN”! :)


First of all, I will explain what is “BEEN”.

Being an Indian, you know the Hindu mythology, Lord Vishnu and His ten “avatars”, right?

Means, who is Krishna? He is one avatar/form of Vishnu.

Who is Ram? Who is Vaman? They are also the “FORMS” of Vishnu.


Likewise, the word “BE” also has its ‘avatars/ forms’.

BE-   is, are, am, was, were, be, been, being

That is, “Was” is actually BE. “Are” is actually BE. “Is” actually BE.

Please have a look at the below table.

Forms of a Verb

Root/ Base Form

Present  Past  Past Participle Present Participle Infinitive
Play Play/ plays Played Played Playing to play
Eat  Eat/Eats Ate Eaten Eating to eat
BE is/are/am was/were Been Being to be
Have has/have had had having to have

From this, we can understand “BEEN” is the Past Participle Formof the verb BE.

And, these past participles are always used with the forms of HAVE.

So, BEEN is also used with has, have, had and having.

BEEN is used in PERFECT Tense Forms (Present Perfect, Past Perfect, Future perfect)

e.g., I have been a member of EC for a long time.

       I have been working here for 10 years.

       It was wet outside, it had been raining.

       Having been a sea captain, he was well acquainted with the tides.

       How long will it have been since we were together?

And, BEEN is used in “PASSIVE VOICE”.

E.g., The manager has scolded me just now. (Active Voice)

        I have been scolded by the manager just now. (Passive Voice)

To understand these constructions well, please seek the help of a good grammar book in your regional language. “BEEN” is there in chapters which describe Perfect Tenses and PASSIVE VOICE of perfect tense.


Comment by Rajvir kaur on December 6, 2017 at 4:39

Hlo teachers i have problem in using the word been. could you please tell me where can i use this word correctly or how can i make a sentence correct


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