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Subject: Writing

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What is the use of expressions in English writing?

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Expressions are an important part of everyday English. They come are used all the time in both written and spoken English. Because expressions don't always make sense, you need to familiarize yourself with their meaning and usage. Learning expressions is fun, especially when you compare them to your own language. Using expressions will make your English sound more native, so it's a good idea to learn some of these expressions. You can start by learning the very common ones first, since these are the ones used in American movies or on TV, or used if you are visiting the United States. The expressions in this section are very common, so you can use them with native English speakers from all English-speaking countries. COMMON ENGLISH EXPRESSIONS These are extremely common in everyday conversation in the United States. You will hear them in movies and TV shows and can use them to make your English sound more like that of a native speaker. EXPRESSION Meaning Usage A blessing in disguise a good thing that seemed bad at first as part of a sentence A dime a dozen Something common as part of a sentence Beat around the bush Avoid saying what you mean, usually because it is uncomfortable as part of a sentence Better late than never Better to arrive late than not to come at all by itself Bite the bullet To get something over with because it is inevitable as part of a sentence Break a leg Good luck by itself

Subject: English as a Second Language

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How are phrases used to build English sentences?

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A phrase is a group of words that work together. Many phrases in English contain two or three words. There are many types of phrases. Phrases can begin with different parts of speech: A preposition In the house Under the chair On the desk An adverb After we eat When we arrive While we wait A noun or pronoun He was studying I am hungry They want service A verb Write a message Answer the phone Wait until tomorrow Why are phrases so important in English? Phrases express the meaning of sentences. A sentence is usually made up of one or more phrases that are the backbone of the sentence, the most important ideas. Very often phrases are made up of two or three words, as mentioned above. So, let us look at a sentence to see if we can find any phrases: Yesterday I went to visit my family at their house in New York. When I arrived I took a taxi to my hotel. After I showered I had lunch with my sister. While we were eating my mother called about tonight’s dinner

Subject: English

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What is the form and use of the present perfect verb form in English?

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The present perfect of a verb is formed by using the word HAS or HAVE plus the past participle of the verb.Many times the past participle ends in the letters –ed; this is a regular verb. For example the verb walk is regular; its past participle is walked. Some more examples are: Talk/talked wait/waited wish/wished But many are irregular: Think/thought sing/sung buy/bought 1) The PP looks back from now into the past. It does not say exactly when the event happened a. I have been to Paris; have you been to Paris? 2) The PP talks about things that you have done already. a. I have studied French; has he studied French? 3) The PP talks about things that started in the past but are still happening a. I have worked here a long time; have you worked long at your job? 4) The PP talks about something that happened in the past but had a recent ending. a. I have eaten breakfast already; Your taxi has arrived.

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