17 mai 2017

Construction of the present perfect - B1

For more on the Daily Mail: How humans bred some dogs to be unrecognizable from their ancestors CONSTRUCTION OF THE PRESENT PERFECT Positive form: Subject + auxiliary have/has + past participle The past participle is the -ed form of the verb. Humans have changed man's best friend. In the case of an irregular verb, pick it up in the 3rd column. Irregular verbs have their own forms. The ambassador has eaten all the Ferrero Rocher chocolates. Interrogative form: As you remember, when you want to ask a question, you need an... [Lire la suite]
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17 mai 2017

When to use the present perfect, part 1 - B1

You can use the present perfect when a past action has an impact on the present situation. Look, the dog has broken his leg.  The action took place in the past. We don’t care where or when. What matters is the impact on the dog’s present life: he has a plaster and a cone (of shame).   Oh shit, Michael has been to the hairdresser’s! Again, what is important here, is that a past action (to go to the hairdresser’s) has an effect on the present: he looks very different. Now, watch this short video and construct a nice... [Lire la suite]
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17 mai 2017

When to use the present perfect, part 2 - B1

Use the present perfect when you want to talk about your life experience. In this case, what is really important is what happened and not when or where it happened. If it was the case, we would have used the preterit. When questioning someone’s life experience, use EVER like in this song by the Standells "Have you ever spent the night in jail?"   Click on this link for the lyrics: the_Standells_Have_you_ever A 13-year-old Irish boy asks a similar question in a powerful video he posted for Safer Internet Day (February... [Lire la suite]
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17 mai 2017

When to use the present perfect, part 3 - B1

The present perfect can be used when something started in the past and is still happening now. I have lived in Paris for 10 years. This example means that you started living in Paris 10 years ago and still live in the French capital city. So it is very important to use the present perfect when you want to express an ongoing action that started in the past and that is still true now. If you had used the preterit, it would have meant that the action is over. I lived in Paris for 10 years means that you lived in Paris in the past, but... [Lire la suite]
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12 mai 2017

“I am not your negro” - B1

Everybody has heard about Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. and about their fight for Civil Rights in America. But have you ever heard about James Baldwin? James Arthur Baldwin (1924–1987) was an African-American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet and a social critic. Baldwin was also known to be an activist and he dedicated a large part of his life to put up a struggle for black people Civil Rights. Inspired by Baldwin's words and works, Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck directed in 2016 a masterpiece movie about the black condition... [Lire la suite]
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05 mai 2017

Cats and their verbs - B1

Why do cats act so weird? People love cats because they are cute, and also because they can be cuddly, crazy, curious, wild and in the meantime peaceful. In the following animated TED-Ed lesson, Tony Buffington shows how cats’ behaviors such as exploring, pouncing on different things and squeezing into tight spaces are all instinctual. In other words, they are not that weird, that bizarre. To us, the great interest of this video lies in the large number of action verbs that are used. Here is bellow a non-exhaustive list of some... [Lire la suite]
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