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Language Tip: Imperative

The imperative of the second singular and plural person is created as follows. Whether it is used for a singular or plural person we can decide only based on the context: Do it. / Don't do it. Take your coat. / Don't take my bike. Tell it to him. / Don't tell it to him. The imperative of the other persons is created by the following construction:…
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Language Tip: Ing Form (Gerund)

A verb + ing is  frequently used in English. The learner needs to recognize whether verb + ing functions as this form or as a part of the progressive tense. EXAMPLES: She likes listening to music. He likes flying model airplanes. We are thinking of buying a family house. Thank you for coming. She has to go shopping. We will go skiing. Keep on doing…
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Language Tip: Would, Should

Would The present conditional is created by would + verbs in every person (in the first singular and plural person should can replace would but this become rare in English today). Positive sentence: We would bring it. (We can probably bring it.) They would be there. Negative sentence: They would not (wouldn't) say it. (They will probably not say…
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Language Tip: Simple Past Perfect

The simple past perfect describes an action which took place before another action in the past or an action which happened very long time ago. It is created by using the following: had + past participle (the third form of a verb). Positive sentence: We had (We'd) left before Suzan arrived. They had done their homework before they went skiing.…
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Language Tip: Future Tense

The future tense is created: will + verb in all grammatical persons. In the first singular and plural person shall can be used instead of will but this becomes rare in today's English. Shall (shall not - shan't) is still used in questions in the meaning of suggestions. Positive sentence: We will (We'll) come back next week. She will (She'll) bring…
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Language Tip: Present Progressive (Continuous) Tense

The present progressive tense describes an action which happens at the time of speaking or which is intensive in certain time period (it does not have to happen at the time of speaking). It is created by using the following: be (in the present tense) + verb with ing Positive sentence: I am writing the letter. This semester we are studying German.…
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