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Todd Andrew P.
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Portuguese
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Question:

Quantos paises no mundo está façando em Portugues hoje?

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Answer:

Existe nove países e territórios onde o português é a língua oficial.

English as a Second Language
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Question:

When is it correct to use the present perfect tense?

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Answer:

We use the present perfect tense to state an action that started in the past, but has a connection with the present. Here is an example: I have studied English in the past. (note the structure of the sentence, "have verb in present tense" + "verb in the past participle.") Now you may ask, "what connection to the present exists here?" The answer is that English and the fact that I studied it will always be a quality that pertains to me.

English
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Question:

What is most difficult about learning the English language if you are a non-native speaker?

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Answer:

Learning phrasal verbs is probably one of the hardest elements when it comes to becoming proficient in English. Phrasal verbs were not originally a part of the English language, but were added after people began to speak in a casual manner. A phrasal verb is a verb with two or more words. It usually consists of a preposition, as well as the main verb. Sometimes the meaning of a phrasal verb is different from what you would expect, and this causes even more confusion for the student. Instead if trying to memorize them in a list (we use over 200 on a regular basis,) it is better to focus on learning one at a time. Start by writing the most commonly phrasal verbs. Let me show you one example: "wake up" is a phrasal verb that most people are familiar with. So put words that are similar to this on your list. Add to it every day, and in no time you will discover you have reached your goal of enriching your vocabulary.

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