Tag Archives: grammar

Lord of the Flies

Lionello ci chiede: Ho notato che nel classico del mese di giugno, Lord of the Flies, ci sono delle frasi evidentemente sbagliate. Immagino che questo sia stato voluto, ma qual era l’effetto che voleva dare l’autore? Si tratta di una parlata regionale o tipica di una persona poco istruita?”

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Is John there?

Is John there?

Is John there? Mi è venuto un dubbio leggendo l’ultimo numero del Vs speciale Imperfect English. A pagina 3 correggete il fumetto in copertina scrivendo che avrebbe dovuto dire ‘Is John there?’ A me sembra di ricordare che è corretto dire ‘Is there John?’ Sbaglio? Alfredo The correct thing to say is: “Is John there?” This […]

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Apostrophes Part 2

In a letter published in the February issue of Speak Up issue Gabriele wrote he was taken aback by the “greengrocers’ apostrophes” issue. To say the truth I’ve been taken aback by his question and a bit by the answer. All the grammar books I know say you HAVE to say: “I’m going to the greengrocer’s” (meaning the shop). And I don’t understand […]

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Friendliest

È corretto scrivere/dire correttamente: “the friendliest” o ” the most friendly”? Qual è la forma superlativa corretta di FRIENDLY? Io dico la prima anche se nelle forme colloquiali si sente la seconda. Ho torto? Mariella. Technically, it’s “friendliest” but it’s true that many people say “the most friendly.” This is one of those grey zones of grammar: […]

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Are you interested?

Ciao a tutti. Vi contatto per una consulenza a proposito dell’aggettivo “interested”. C’è differenza tra le forme “to be interested in + gerundio” e “to be interested + infinito con to”? Sono assolutamente intercambiabili? Nel Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English trovo esempi in entrambe le forme (li riporto qui: “Sheila’s interested in starting her own business” e “I’d […]

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Using ‘since’

I’ve often wondered about the use of the simple past tense after SINCE. Or, rather, this is what I was told at school and that I no longer have the courage to teach my students. Lots of the people you interviewed used alternatively: It’s been … years since I’ve seen him”, or “it’s been two […]

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Habits in past

I was reading “I grew up in a remote lighthouse”….

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My brother and I

A few days ago I read an article on internet….

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Like, love, dislike and hate

In most reliable school coursebooks we find the rule…

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Not true!

In the short story “The flying carpet”…

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