Well, here I am, back from holiday, all refreshed and ready for action. Hope you enjoyed yesterday’s bank holiday and missed me as much as I missed you! A couple of weeks ago I mused on Douglas Adams and his use of the Future Semiconditionally Modified Subinverted Plagal Past Subjunctive Intentional. I hope you enjoyed […]
Last week I left you saying we’d consider language terminology more closely and the problem of learning a language too prescriptively. It may suit some people, but quite often puts more people off. (Here at ETC we are very ‘Descriptive Grammar’ oriented by the way.) Having last week considered the “first-person inclusive let-imperative.”!!! I’d like […]
Of course I had lots of people trying to help me out with last week’s teaser and I can now reveal that those super people at the Cambridge Grammar of English Language have a name for this! The ‘let us go’ example is referred to as ‘an ordinary imperative’, whereas the ‘let’s go’ example is […]
Last week I left you by saying, “let’s see what we can focus on next week”. Well, it’s now ‘next week’ and the answer was staring me in the face; it was ‘let’s’.
If you ask a lot of people what the apostrophe stands for in ‘let’s’, they usually say ‘us’. I bought this, because having […]
“It’s hot in here.” Hi everyone! At the end of last week’s blog I asked you to think about what ‘it’s hot in here’ could mean. Well… It could mean, ‘please open the window’, or ‘turn down the heating’, or ‘this place is really rocking!’, or ‘Thank goodness!’ You probably thought of a few others. […]
“Are you the fish?”
“No. I’m the chicken.”
Good, eh? People have suggested various contexts for this, the most obvious being in a restaurant where the waiter comes to the table carrying a tray of dinners and wants to know who to despatch them to. Other suggestions have been characters at a fancy dress party or spies […]
Last week we mentioned the possible ambiguity of the question: “Are you doing anything tonight?” This can, of course, mean different things depending on the context. This is tricky enough, but if you don’t have an –ing form in your first language, like for example German, French, Arabic, Russian, Turkish and Japanese to name just […]
Welcome back to the ETC Blog. Many followers of the blog noted that last week we were particularly ‘blogless’. Was it because of the bank holiday? they asked. Well actually, it was due to/because of/as a result of a slight technical hitch, which has now been sorted. (Sorted is an anagram for Dorset, by the […]
Welcome back to the ETC blog. For any students and teachers reading this, you are probably familiar with the IELTS exam. If you’re not familiar with it, then check out this website. https://www.ielts.org/
In the speaking part of the exam you may be asked to talk about a place you once visited. If this happens, don’t […]
VISUAL: I’ll shed some light on the situation, my minds gone blank, the future looks rosy.
AUDITORY: That rings a bell, that strikes a chord, for whom the bell tolls, I’m all ears.
KINAESTHETIC: I’m falling to pieces, a pain in the neck, I’m under pressure, I’ve fallen in love.
OLFACTORY/GUSTATORY: I smell a rat, it’s a bit […]