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Relative clauses and relative pronouns

Relative pronouns make it very clear which particular person or thing is being discussed e.g. Jackie O is our bright white cat who gave birth to triplets last year. Relative clauses also give more information about things or people e.g. Jackie O, who is a three year old, short-tailed cat, is the mother of PrincessContinue reading “Relative clauses and relative pronouns”

Indefinite articles again…

So why are there 2 indefinite articles? (You’re wondering) Well, that’s easy-ish… we use ‘a’ before adjectives or nouns whose first letter is a consonant and we use ‘an’ before adjectives or nouns whose first letter is a vowel. And if that was all there was to it, this would be the end of thisContinue reading “Indefinite articles again…”

Roman Numerals

Long ago, the Romans conquered most of Britain, stayed a while and then they went home again. They left behind many things that we can see today. For example, I am from a city in the UK called Manchester, maybe you’ve heard of it? Well that name is derived from the Roman name Mancunium andContinue reading “Roman Numerals”

Present continuous tense practice with Suzanne Vega – Toms Diner (Official Music Video) – YouTube

via (276) Suzanne Vega – Toms Diner (Official Music Video) – YouTube   Listen to this song to practice your understanding of pronouns and the present continuous tense. Remember this tense shows on-going actions at the time a person speaks. So right now I am WRITING this for you, I’m also LOOKING out of theContinue reading “Present continuous tense practice with Suzanne Vega – Toms Diner (Official Music Video) – YouTube”

Modal Verbs

Modal verbs help speakers/writers express their subjective attitudes and/or opinions about things. These include possibility, probability, obligation, necessity, desirability, to name a few. In no particular order, here are some of the more commonly used modal verbs in English (with definitions in brackets) could (ability, permission, possibility, request) can (possibility, permission, ability, suggestion, request) mayContinue reading “Modal Verbs”

Stray Dog Found Keeping Tiny Kittens Warm By Roadside On Frigid Night | HuffPost

via Stray Dog Found Keeping Tiny Kittens Warm By Roadside On Frigid Night | HuffPost   Read the news article and then answer the following questions: Why were the kittens with the dog? How many kittens were mentioned? What was the weather like that night? Is the dog’s name Serendipity or Serenity? Do you thinkContinue reading “Stray Dog Found Keeping Tiny Kittens Warm By Roadside On Frigid Night | HuffPost”

Adverbs with Cats

The cat stretched before going back to sleep The cat stretched lazily before going back to sleep. Which one sounds better? Which one helps create a richer picture in your mind if you close your eyes and try to visualize the cat? The 2nd one does because it gives the reader a little more informationContinue reading “Adverbs with Cats”

Adjectives for Cats

A list of useful ADJECTIVES to describe cats (or some other animals too) scratchy (abrasive, irritable, rough) stealthy (furtive, sneaky, surreptitious) mischievous (impish, wicked but in a good way, naughty but in a nice way) independent (autonomous, self-governing, free) silent (still, soundless) lazy (slothful, indolent, idle) inquisitive (questioning, wondering, speculative) relaxed (unagitated, cool, unexcited) nonchalantContinue reading “Adjectives for Cats”

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