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Bill the English Teacher
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Tara Benwell Jul 12, 2011. 7 Replies

Lately I cannot send messages that I compose in the inbox.  The area for recipients does not allow me to enter anything at all.  And selecting friends on this networ does not display anyone.  I am…Continue

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Teacher of English, Native English Speaker
English level
Other languages spoken
Favourite book, movie, song/band etc [in English!]
Book and Movie:Lord of the Rings
Music: Popular Latino, Celtic, Classical
My Favourite Saying(s) [in English!]
Don't ever let go of the child within. Your inner child can often get you through the troubles of this world.

Hi everybody!

I am sorry to say that I am so busy in my life that I can no longer interact with people on EC.  I have enjoyed sharing my knowledge of English with so many people.  But my life is so busy right now it is impossible to respond to anyone on EC.  I am involved in so much volunteer teaching of English and other volunteer activities.  Not only do I tutor individual students for free, but also teach free classes to Latin American immigrants who come to the USA.  I have now added helping African refugees with practical English skills like filling out resumes, job applications, citizenship forms and taking citizenship tests.  Busy, busy, busy. So please do not feel bad if I do not respond to you or I do not accept any more friends.  I already have almost 600 friends. Wow! :)


I will leave my previous blogs for anyone who wants to read them. 



These are my grandchildren Miles and Cora Beth

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I would like to introduce Miles to my EC friends. On April 12 he will be adopted by my son and wife so he will become their son legally. They are foster parents, which in our country means they are l…

Posted on March 21, 2010 at 17:52 48 Comments

I would like to introduce Miles to my EC friends. On April 12 he will be adopted by my son and wife so he will become their son legally. They are foster parents, which in our country means they are licensed to care for children-at-risk. Sometimes parents cannot take care of their children properly and foster parents take them into their homes and give them food, clothing, love and nurturing.…



Posted on April 18, 2009 at 21:30 40 Comments

Maybe this is a boring topic to open here. But I was thinking of how many times we Americans talk about the weather in conversation. We say that when we don't know what to talk about with another person or we 'run out of' (no longer have something) things to say, we can always talk about the weather.

I bring this up (mention it) because I tutor a student one-on-one each week and she said in the country where she comes from they don't really talk about the weather as much as we Americans… Continue


Posted on April 12, 2009 at 6:32 61 Comments

An English Club learner friend of mine recently asked me a question about the following phrase: Being seriously injured which was used to talk about a dog. She expressed some confusion about our ing and ed forms. I thought that there must be others who are confused about these endings to our verbs and how we use them. So I am creating a blog to try to clear up this issue. It is a long and detailed blog. So read it little by little and try to understand a little bit at a… Continue


Posted on March 4, 2009 at 16:09 19 Comments

This blog is not directly related to English, but it requires reading and perhaps commenting in English.

Technology is wonderful and gives us many conveniences. But does the use of these modern conveniences require some responsibility in using them? A big issue in the USA is the use of cell phones while driving. As the risk of automobile accidents rises with the use of cell phones the debate has arisen as well as to whether we should be using cell phones while driving. People have… Continue

Phrasal Verbs: This is a challenge to anybody who wants to attempt it. It is an example of how we English speakers love to use phrasal verbs. They are a large part of our everyday informal conversat…

Posted on February 20, 2009 at 19:45 44 Comments

Phrasal Verbs: This is a challenge to anybody who wants to attempt it.

It is an example of how we English speakers love to use phrasal verbs. They are a large part of our everyday informal conversation. Phrasal verbs are combinations of verbs with prepositions (acting as particles or pieces of the phrasal verb) to change the meaning of the original verb. For example,"When do you normally get up?" "Get" normally means "receive." But this phrasal verb usage actually means,"When do you… Continue

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At 20:11 on July 28, 2014, Ameur said…
At 23:32 on April 29, 2014, Oscar Agudelo said…

Good day, my dear friend Bill. I hope you still remember me. I´m Oscar, an English teacher from Colombia. I imagine I sent you my last letter about 3 years ago, or even more; but I never forgot you. You´ve been not only the most excellent teacher for me, but almost an old best friend. I just read you´re retiring and you would probably not answer these letters. I hope you will answer this one. First of all, let me share with you a personal achievement I got: I´m a lawyer !!! I finally finished my university classes and got my professional title. That was in december, but I´m still an English teacher because I just can´t be ungrateful with the job that has given me money for food and prosperity. I´m trying to work both as a lawyer and as a teacher, too.
Ok, now let me congratulate you and your family for that new member, Miles. I can see he´s a very special boy and he will be your new best friend, Bill.
Now, let me tell you that I have a short question for you about english grammar. Right in this moment I´m teaching the use of "some, any, many, much a lot of, a little and a few". The doubts I have are the following:

Someone says to a friend:

"Hey, can you lend me some money? I need to buy a pencil."

The guy who has to answer that question his out of money, so how should he answer?

"Sorry. I don´t have any dollar in my pockets"

"Sorry. I don´t have any dollars in my pockets"

What if he wanted to use "There + be" :

"Sorry. There isn´t any dollar in my pockets"

"Sorry. There aren´t any dollars in my pockets"

I taught my pupils that "any" can be used with either singular or plural nouns:

"There is not any water in the glass"

"There are not any glasses on the table"

But my doubt is when you want to say that there is not even one dollar in your pockets. Should I use "any dollar" or "any dollars"?

The other question is about using "a lot of" with singular and plural nouns. "a" means "one", then is it ok when I say "There are a lot of students in that classroom" ? Should I say: "There are lots of students in that classroom" ? Are they both correct? Is there any difference between them?

I´d really appreciate your wise answer, my friend Bill. Bill the English teacher and Bill the Papa chulo, he he he. God bless you and your family.

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