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by daleglendale
Sun Oct 17, 2010 5:19 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Use of "wish"
Replies: 2
Views: 1381

Use of "wish"

Are both of the following sentences grammatically correct ?
"I wish she would go out with me." "I wish she went out with me." Thanks in advance for your input.
by daleglendale
Sun Oct 17, 2010 5:06 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: one day more or one more day?
Replies: 2
Views: 9204

Both are correctly used according to a leading Corpus source. However, "one more day" seems to be far more popular - a ratio of appoximately 10:1
by daleglendale
Sat Sep 25, 2010 5:25 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Is "prejudiced" a verb or adjective?
Replies: 6
Views: 4308

Hello hereichina, Many adjectives are formed by verbs in the past participle: regular (interested, tired, prejudiced) or irregular (written, torn, broken). As my colega Juan states, these adjectives imply something was done to cause this condition: Someone or something has torn the curtain ACTIVE VO...
by daleglendale
Sat Sep 25, 2010 3:40 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: what's "it" in "it's raining"?
Replies: 20
Views: 7764

Some more interesting information,exploring the notion of the dummy subject/ weather"it" concept (taken from Wikipedia): Weather it In the phrase It is raining, the verb to rain is usually considered semantically impersonal, even though it appears as syntactically intransitive; in this view, the req...
by daleglendale
Fri Sep 24, 2010 3:45 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: what's "it" in "it's raining"?
Replies: 20
Views: 7764

For those interested in grammar: "It" is used as the subject of an impersonal verb: It is snowing. An "impersonal verb" is...a verb used with an indeterminate subject, commonly, in English, with the impersonal pronoun it; as, it rains; it snows I got these definitions from www.thefreedictionary.com ...
by daleglendale
Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:27 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Is use of the future continuous incorrect here ?
Replies: 15
Views: 4065

I share your admiration, Larry, for the professionals who are committed to teaching – no matter what the subject matter. Likewise, I also have a passion for the nuances of language and enjoy positive, lively discussions that attempt to make sense of it all (hopefully, the learning process for us wil...
by daleglendale
Sun Sep 19, 2010 4:01 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Is use of the future continuous incorrect here ?
Replies: 15
Views: 4065

I'm not going to get into a debate concerning the advisability of attempting to teach/pass along/faclitate to learners "rules" in language (or even whether they exist or not). Perhaps a better word might be "tendencies" - which most students tend (no pun intended) to take comfort in and might also f...
by daleglendale
Sat Sep 18, 2010 11:03 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Grammar question: Difference between "can" and &qu
Replies: 11
Views: 3074

i don't see much of a difference between "more remote" "less certain" "less possible" "less likely", "more improbable". etc. The idea is to give students a clear idea of the difference and not to confuse them with complicated explanations. We should remember that their level of comprehension is NOT ...
by daleglendale
Sat Sep 18, 2010 8:12 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Grammar question: Difference between "can" and &qu
Replies: 11
Views: 3074

i think the answer is that "can" implies that it's normally possible: "If you invest in China, it's possible to... etc" "Could" means it's a little less likely: "If you invest in China, it might ... etc" Of course if you used the subjunctive form, "If you invested in China, then "could" would be cle...
by daleglendale
Sat Sep 18, 2010 6:35 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Is use of the future continuous incorrect here ?
Replies: 15
Views: 4065

Yes, I agree. Trying to speak naturally is a challenging skill. This is particularly evident when translating. As for grammar, whenever we discuss a "rule" in class, I always remind students that there always seem to be exceptions - this not only allows for the real possiblity of a variation from th...
by daleglendale
Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:00 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: I understand you "crystal clearly"
Replies: 5
Views: 5397

Since nobody uses this expression in the adverbial form ( "crystal clearly"), you would have to use "crystal clear" as an adjective: "I understand you. (It's) Crystal clear." That would be the simplest way to get around having to use the adverb of manner ("clearly"). I hope this is clear (crystal cl...
by daleglendale
Sat Sep 18, 2010 10:28 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Is use of the future continuous incorrect here ?
Replies: 15
Views: 4065

Larry, although it's true that "awkwardness" isn't lingustically criminal, it might be deemed something that a native speaker would never utter naturally and therefore, would be incorrect. Maybe the word RULE is a bit strong here. We could use the term USAGE. I still believe the problem lies in the ...
by daleglendale
Sat Sep 11, 2010 3:43 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Is use of the future continuous incorrect here ?
Replies: 15
Views: 4065

Is use of the future continuous incorrect here ?

I agree that it sounds awkward, but i'm wondering if there is a rule for this. I suppose we could talk about a deliberate plan , " I'll be continuing to monitor your progress" . But I wonder if it is possible to say that anything "will be continuing to happen" on its own ? Such as, " It will be cont...
by daleglendale
Sat Sep 11, 2010 2:01 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Is use of the future continuous incorrect here ?
Replies: 15
Views: 4065

Is use of the future continuous incorrect here ?

Would you consider the following use of the future continuous tense to be grammatically incorrect here ? If so, why ? "Many of the world's languages will be continuing to disappear unless an effort is made to save them. " Thanks in advance for your input.