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  2. The Alphabet 2. Days of the Week How to Pronounce the Days of the Week In order to pronounce the days of the week clearly and correctly, you should be aware of four pronunciation rules. 1. Syllable stress Since days of the week are compound nouns, you need to stress (emphasize) the first syllable. This […]
  3. This lesson provides a simple guideline for choosing between "which" and "that". article provides a simple guideline for choosing between "which" and "that.
  4. This lesson deals with two areas which can cause problems for students: word order with adjectives before a noun, and word order with adverbs after a noun.
  5. We use “had better” plus the infinitive without “to”  to give advice. Although “had” is the past form of “have”, we use “had better” to give advice about the present or future.
  6. A language function explains why someone says something. For example, if you are teaching a class you'll have to give instructions. "Giving Instructions" is the language function. Language functions then require certain grammar.
  7. Function of Adjectives Adjectives can: Describe feelings or qualities: Examples He is a lonely man They are honest people Give nationality or origin: Examples Pierre is French This clock is German Our house is Victorian Tell more about a thing's characteristics: Examples A wooden table. The knife is sharp.
  8. It’s been said that English is one of the most difficult languages in the world to learn because it has so many exceptions to its own rules.  One problem students of English as a second language face are homophones – words that sound alike