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Anna Grammar

Thank Yous and Oil
Dear Anna, there's been a little debate among a few colleagues about the correct verb form to use in the following sentence: "Thank yous and apologies are the oil that keep the world running smoothly."
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"Anything", "Hardly", etc.
"Even now, scarcely anything has been done about the problem."
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By - used to say how something is done.
In these two sentences: 1. He climbed the wall using a rope. 2. He broke into the house by breaking the window. Why do you have to add "by" in the second sentence but not in the first?
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'Must' Tag Questions
I'd like to know if it's possible to make tag questions with must.
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'Compound Sentence' and 'Complex Sentence'
What is the difference between 'Compound Sentence' and 'Complex Sentence'?
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"Often" and "Offen"
Why do I say Offen and not Often?
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Two Uses of "to be" + infinitive
In your lesson about Working Elephants, there is a part in the reading that says: "they are to have", can you mix the verb to be with other verbs in the infinitive?
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"I aren't"
Is this expression, "I aren't," OK used in a short answers?
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Adjectives - '...ed' and '...ing'
Teaching the difference between adjectives ending in "ing" and adjectives ending in "ed". Includes pattern drills.
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A 20-Minute Lesson
I have to do a 20 minute lesson with a group of 7th/8th graders, on grammar and vocabulary. Help!
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A phenomenon called "aspect"
Anna talks about "aspect"... How English concentrates on a) whether an action starts and finishes or b) whether an action continues over a period.
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Collocations
How would you teach collocations, particularly at a beginner's level?
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Modals - "Would"
Anna answers a question about how to use "would".
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Prepositions: "to me" or "for me" for opinion?
When do we use the prepositional phrases "to me" and "for me" for statements of opinion? Is there any difference between the two?
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"to be" Used in the Wrong Way
I would like help to encourage my ESOL students NOT to use the verb 'to be' in front of the simple present or past. Are they getting it mixed up with the Passive?
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"Since"
"Anna, I need your help. I have to explain the proper use of the word "since". Could you help me on this?"
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Modal Auxiliaries
Anna answers a question from Jordan about the perfect tense of modal auxiliaries.
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The Subjunctive in English
Anna answers a question about the question: 'Isn't it time we thought about eating?'
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"Each" and "Every"
Anna explains the difference between the words 'each' and 'every'.
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"Did you have" Vs "Had you"
I have a lovely student who just can't seem to grasp the idea that we say, "did you have . . ." she always wants to say "had you . . ." and although she knows that her form is wrong she needs a better explanation than I can give her! Can you help?
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Uncountable Nouns
Anna answers a question from Brazil about uncountable nouns.
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"There's many" Vs "There are many"
Some people tend to say "There's many different kinds..." should it not be "There are many different kinds..."? Well, yes and no!
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"I will" and "I'm going to"
Can you tell me good way to teach the difference between "I will..." and "I am going to..."?
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"Since" and "Because"
What is the difference between "since" and "because"? When do you use each of these and in what situations?
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The Genitive
Three weeks’ leave – but three years old – three months pregnant. Why?
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Today's News
Anna answers a question from Singapore: If possessives can be strung together, like: 'my son's friend's house is big', then why does 'my today's news is good' sound so wrong?
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Behind Schedule
What does "behind schedule" mean?
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
What are the differences between an idiom and a phrasal verb?
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By and Until
When to use "by" and when to use "until".
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"Most Friendly"
There's an advertisement that uses the phrase "The Most Friendly Airline". What do you think about that?
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"as though" and "as if"
How can I explain the difference between "as though" and "as if"?
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Does 'the' in names have a capital 'T'?
In the sentence "I study at the University of Florida" is "the" with a capital letter as part of the name, or not?
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"Between" and "Among"
When can I use "between" and when can I use "among"?
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Using "Make" and "Do"
When do you use the verb "make" in a sentence and when do you use the verb "do"?
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'Except' and 'Except for'
Anna answers a question about the difference between 'except' and 'except for'.
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Hear and Listen
Anna gives a suggestion for explaining the difference between hear and listen to eighth-graders.
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Using "unless otherwise"
Anna answers a question about how to use "unless otherwise" in sentences.
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'Have' and 'Have got'
Anna answers a question about how she would teach the verb 'have got' versus 'have'.
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Negative Prefixes
Anna answers a question from Argentina about negative prefixes.
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"On a team" and "In a team"
Anna answers a question about "Tom and I are on the same volleyball team" and "Tom and I are in the same volleyball team".
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"We are said..." and Question Word Order
Anna answers a question about when "We are said..." can be used, and about word order in questions.
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A short question from Dalian
Anna is asked to solve a raging controversy in Dalian, China!
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Phrasal / Two-Word Verbs
Anna answers a question from Brazil about the difference between a verb using a preposition and a verb using a particle.
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Kinds of Adjectives in English
How many kinds of adjectives are there in English?
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"I like reading" and "I like to read."
What's the difference between "I like reading" and "I like to read"?
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Plurals - 'fish' or 'fishes'?
Anna answers a question from the UK.
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Antarctica and Arctica?
Anna answers a question from New Zealand: "Why is 'Antarctica' used, but I never hear 'Arctica'?"
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Modals - A to Z!
In an answer to a request from France, Anna gives a quick A to Z on modals.
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Short Question - Short Answer
Please help me to rewrite the following sentence without inversion: Never was a story of more woe than that of Juliet and her Romeo.
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Confusables - "make" and "do"
Anna answers a question, and supplies lots and lots of examples!
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