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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Perfect Day

How do you usually spend a perfect day?

What do you usually do?

(Remember to use the Simple Present tense when you talk about habits and routines!)


Just a perfect day
Drink Sangria in the park
And then later
When it gets dark, we go home
Just a perfect day
Feed animals in the zoo
Then later
A movie, too, and then home
Oh, it's such a perfect day
I'm glad I spent it with you
Oh, such a perfect day
You just keep me hanging on
You just keep me hanging on
Just a perfect day
Problems all left alone
Weekenders on our own
It's such fun
Just a perfect day
You made me forget myself
I thought I was
Someone else, someone good
Oh, it's such a perfect day
I'm glad I spent it with you

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Edgar Allan Poe

“Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer. He was born in Boston on January 19, 1809. He died in Baltimore on October 7, 1849. 

Poe is considered a central figure of Romanticism and the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He wrote poems and short stories and he is famous for his tales of mystery and the macabre.

Poe's best known fiction works are Gothic. His most recurring themes deal with questions of death and the reanimation of the dead.

Some of his most famous works are: the Raven, the Fall of the House of Usher, Ligeia, The Black Cat and the Tell-tale heart.

I recommend you to read Poe’s work if you like bizarre characters, gothic castles, and mystery...

If you want to read Poe's stories and poems, click HERE.

Click the video below to watch the Fall of the House of Usher trailer 

 Click the video below to watch the Raven.

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Happy Halloween!

Zombies and monsters may lurk in the dark, 
jesters and vampires may even embark, 
but if you are ghoulish and ghostly wherever you’re seen, you’re sure to have such a wonderful Halloween!

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Active Voice & Passive Voice

* The passive voice is used:
a) when we do not know or we are not interested in or we can easily guess who did something
Her jewels were stolen. / Coffee is grown in Brazil. / The thief was arrested.
b)when we are more interested in the action than the doer (for example in newspaper headlines, articles, announcements, advertisements, instructions)
The car has been damaged.
c)when we do not want to mention who did something because we want to be polite
It hasn't been cleaned!
* The passive voice is used more in the written form than in the oral speech.

Transitive verbs (verbs with objects) have both active and passive voice.
The passive voice is formed with the verb to be with a past participle.

The verb to be

Simple Present
Present Continuous
am/is/are being
Simple Past
Past Continuous
was/were being
Present Perfect
have/has been
Past Perfect
had been
Simple Future
will be
Simple Future Perfect
will have been
Be going to
am/is/are going to be
Modal Verb
Modal verb + be
Four Steps from the Active to the Passive Voice

When rewriting active sentences in passive voice, note the following:

1) the object of the active sentence becomes the subject of the passive sentence.
2) use the verb to be in the tense of the main verb
3) use the past participle of the main verb
4) the subject of the active sentence becomes the agent of the passive sentence. The agent is introduced with the preposition by+person or with + thing / tool / instrument / material / ingredient. The agent is not mentioned when the subject of the active sentence is 'people', 'one', 'someone', 'somebody', 'they', 'he' etc.

                      Subject            Verb            Object
Active Voice: The company employs eighty people.

                                       1         2       3              4
Passive Voice: Eighty people are  employed by the company.

1) When the object of the active sentence is an object pronoun (me, you, him, them etc) becomes a subject pronoun in the passive voice.
Mark told me. ð I was told by Mark.

2)Verbs with TWO objects: direct and indirect (bring, tell, send, show, teach, promise, buy, throw, write, award, hand, sell, owe, grant, allow, feed, pass, post, read, take, offer, give, pay, lend) can form the passive voice in two ways.
Mrs Brown teaches us English. * We are taught English by Mrs Brown. (more common)
                                                    * English is taught to us by Mrs Brown.

3)When the verb is followed by a preposition, the preposition remains in the passive voice.
A baby-sitter looks after my baby.  * My baby is looked after by a baby-sitter.

4) Verbs of saying/believing/perception (agree, assume, believe, consider, expect, feel, find, hope, know, report, say, suppose, think, understand). These verbs can form the passive in two ways:
a) personal construction - it is used more frequently than impersonal construction
He is said to play tennis well.
b) impersonal construction
It is said that he plays tennis well.
The passive is formed with the verb of saying or believing in the passive form followed by the 'to-infinitive' of the verb.

5)The verbs help, make, see, hear are followed by bare infinitive in the active voice and by full infinitive in the passive voice.
He made me tell lies! * I was made to tell lies!

6) Let + bare infinitive  * Let+reflexive pronoun+bare passive infinitive
Tom lets people cheat him. * Tom lets himself be cheated.

Active Voice
Passive Voice
Present Simple
Tina waters the plants twice a week.
 The plants are watered twice a week.
Present Continuous
Mary is decorating her flat.
 The flat is being decorated.
Past Simple
Graham Bell invented the telephone.
 The telephone was invented by Graham Bell.
Past Continuous
He was delivering the letters.
 The letters were being delivered.
Present Perfect
She has broken the vase.
 The vase has been broken.
Past Perfect
The cleaner had cleaned the windows.
 The windows had been cleaned.
Future Simple
I will buy new carpets.
 New carpets will be bought.
Future Perfect
Tom will have painted the walls.
 The walls will have been painted.
Be going to
The gardener is going to plant some trees.
 Some trees are going to be planted.
She should clean her room.
 Her room should be cleaned.

I can't stand people asking me questions.
 I can't stand being asked questions.