Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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Polaris Career Center:  if Polaris is closed during the day, there will be no class.  

English and Pathways for Healthcare Professionals:  if Cleveland State University is closed, there will be no class.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Order of Adjectives in English

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Learn new adjectives:

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Offers and Requests

Image result for offering to help
Making Offers and Requests
It is common that English speakers make offers in conversations in order to be polite and helpful. When they do so they use these expressions:
Can I… ?
Shall I… ?
Would you like … ?
How about …?
English learner must be able to make offers as well as accept or reject them. The following are useful expressions to do so.
CanIhelp you?
Shallget you some juice?
Would you likea glass of water ?
How aboutsome pizza?

·         “Can I help you?”
·         “Shall I open the window for you?”
·         “Would you like another cup of coffee?”
·         “Would you like me to clean the board?”
·         “How about a juice? “
·         Shall, can and will are followed by the verb without to.
“Can I help you?”
“Shall I bring you the mobile phone?
·         Shall is more formal than can.
·         Would you like… is followed either by a noun, or by the verb with to.
“Would you like some tea ?”
“Would you like to drink some coffee?
 Responding to offers
Yes please. I’d like to.
That would be very kind of you.
Yes please, that would be lovely.
Yes please, I’d love to.
If you wouldn’t mind.
If you could.
Thank you, that would be great.
It’s OK, I can do it myself.
Don’t worry, I’ll do it.
No, thanks
No, thank you
·         “Can I help you?”
No thanks, I’m just having a look.” (With a shop assistant.)
·         “Can I help you?”
“Do you know where the post office is.”
·         “Shall I help you with your maths problem?”
“Yes, please. That would be very nice of you.”
·         “Would you like a cup of tea?”
No thanks.” Or, “No thank you.”
·         “Would you like another piece of cake?”
Yes please, that would be nice .”
Yes please, I’d love one.”
·         “Would you like me to do the the ironing for you?”
If you wouldn’t mind.”
If you could.”
·         “I’ll do the washing, if you like.”
It’s OK, I can do it.”
Don’t worry, I’ll do it.
Thank you, that would be great.”

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Say vs Tell

Say and tell mean the same thing but are used in different constructions.
  • We say something
  • We say something to someone
  • We say to someone something
  • We tell someone something
Preposition to is never used after tell.
  • Mother said: “I am very happy.”
  • Mother said (that) she was very happy.
  • Mother said to me, “I am very happy.”
  • Mother told me (that) she was happy.
Commands and advice:
Tell someone (not) to do something
  • The teacher told us to stand up.
  • She told me not to worry about the time.
Remember the following phrases with say and tell:

so you say
it goes without saying
tell a story/stories
tell a joke/jokes
tell a lie/lies
tell the truth
tell the future (= to know what the future will bring)
tell the time (= know how to read a clock)
tell apart (=to be able to see the difference between two things/people)

You can read more rules and take several quizzes here:

Can you find the mistakes?
  1.  Bob said me that he was hungry.
  2. Ann told that she had enjoyed the party.
  3. My girlfriend told to me that she wanted to get married.
  4. I told Sam don't pull the cat's tail.