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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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Rewrite into a passive sentence: "You haven't given the gift to Pete"

Started by anja. Last reply by Mishaikh Nov 10, 2018. 1 Reply

Is it not "The gift hasn't been given to Pete by you" ? I was marked down for writing my answer as such instead of "The gift to Pete hasn't been given by you". How is it any different?Continue

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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

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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 the top of the world on August 12, 2018 at 12:12
Hello dear teachers.

It would be very kind of you if you fixed the text below and gave a feadback on it.
I live in a single-storey detached traditional-pamiri house in a village. There is no apartment building ‎whatsoever in the village. Two and three-storey buildings have been built recently there. The old ‎houses are usually terraced or semi-detached. The modern ones are usually detached and have ‎courtyards. ‎
As I live in the very remote area of central Asia and due to earthquake, it is impossible to build high-‎rises in this area. Even in the towns the highest building is six-storey. The emergence of multi-storey ‎buildings in the towns has had a huge impact on the life of the people of the region. The dwellers of ‎the majority of the apartment buildings are those who are living in these towns temporarily as ‎students, workers, etc. The majority of the permanent citizens have their traditional houses. In ‎addition, some of the temporary citizens sometimes live in converted studio apartments. Duplez ‎apartments are not too common in these towns. In addition, the suburbs of these towns are the same ‎as villages.‎
As I mentioned above I live in a traditional house and it has a living room with lots of part, a kitchen ‎several bedrooms and a courtyard. We usually use our living room for many traditional events. ‎
In these traditional houses, the living room is spacious. It houses more the 50 people! It has a ‎traditional hole in the ceiling, which also serves as a source of light. This hole also serves for keeping ‎the room cool in the summer and preventing the room from getting stuffy. This hole can be adjust in ‎accordance with the season so this room is not drafty. I do not think these traditional houses can be ‎cramped. Because if we shrink it, it will not be able to house the same amount of people and in this ‎case we cannot consider it traditional. ‎
The feature that I like the most about my house is the neighborhood. It is surrounded by nature. ‎However, it is quiet it is trendy. There are also many nomadic people in the middle of nowhere in ‎central Asia. But their housing differs from one another very much. ‎
Comment by Anastasia on June 26, 2018 at 21:20

 Dear teachers I think you are well and happy to some extent.

I will appreciate if you could help me in writing a scenario on a topic in English. It's something new in my country and I'm not so efficient in it.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Many regards from Greece.


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 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 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.



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