Last blog from me!
Well done to those who did the 'Mr Couch' homework. I was extremely pleased to see that everyone got all the answers right. As Pari suggested, there was more than one correct answer for this exercise:
1) Mr Couch never / hardly ever / rarely does the washing up.
2) He always / usually sleeps until midday on Sundays.
3) He never / hardly ever / rarely does his English homework.
4) Mr Couch often / always lies on his sofa watching TV.
5) He rarely / hardly ever / never goes to the gym to exercise.
6) He often / sometimes phones his girlfriend because he feels too tired to walk to her house - even though she lives round the corner!
As this is my last blog, I'm going to answer some of the questions about English you asked in your comments.
From time to time
Rajeeb, 'from time to time' means 'sometimes' and you can use it at the beginning or end of a sentence:
From time to time, I have a coffee. / I go to France from time to time.
Or have a look at Krisztina's very clear example!
Mr. versus Mr
Both Mr. and Mr are correct: the first is used more in the United States.
Sai-fung, it is correct to put adverbs after a verb in English: an 'adverb' is a word which describes a verb so it is usually placed after the verb: He read the book quickly.
So 'quickly' describes the verb 'read'. How did he read the book? He read it quickly.
An adjective describes a noun: She's an intelligent woman.
The adjective 'intelligent' describes the noun 'woman'.
So here's a summary: an adverb describes a verb and is placed after the verb. An adjective describes a noun and can go either after a verb or before a noun. Does this make sense?
Have / Have got
Tenocht, the verbs 'have' and 'have got' mean exactly the same thing:
I have an apple in my bag. / I've got an apple in my bag.
You need to be careful with the position of these in questions:
Have you got time to make me a sandwich?
Do you have time to do your homework?
In questions, the subject (you) is placed between 'have' and 'got', whereas with the verb 'have' we use 'Do + subject + have'.
And of course here is some homework for you to see if you read my explanations carefully:
1. Tell me 5 adjectives that describe your personality.
2. Write a sentence with as many adjectives as possible.
3. Look at the sentence I wrote above under 'Homework '(And of course...). What's the adverb in this sentence?
4. Write a sentence with an adverb.
5. Write a question with 'have got'.
6. Write a sentence with the phrase 'from time to time'.
Although this is my last blog, I'll reply to your comments below...
Bye to all of you and well done for all your hard work and fascinating stories! It's been a pleasure to get to know you a bit. Neil will be blogging in April!