Grammar Mondays: modals 2

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Must reflects an obligation. It is usually used to talk about rules or prohibitions. For example:

  • You mustn’t run by the pool.
  • You must wear a helmet when you ride your bike.
  • Pupils must raise their hand when they want a turn to speak.
  • A receptionist must answer the phone when it rings.
  • You mustn’t go swimming immediately after a meal.

Now it’s your turn, try to think of three things you must do, and three things you musn’t do.

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Improve your English grammar with our tip of the week!

As you may have noticed, there are many ways to compare things in English. So here’s just one more!

Using the « as…as » formula is very useful when you want to compare two things that have the same quality. Often, children compare their heights in this way. They might stand on a chair and say to their mom or dad: « I’m as tall as you! » Or they might compare themselves to their peers: « Jenny’s not as tall as me. »

There’s also a film from the late 90’s with Jack Nicholson: As Good as It Gets.

Here are a few more examples:

  • My husband doesn’t like his job as much as I like mine.
  • Our games aren’t as good as our friends’ games.
  • My cats are as big as my dog.
  • The day is as beautiful as it was yesterday.
  • You are as beautiful as the first day I met you.
  • It’s not as hot as yesterday.

Got any examples of your own? Leave them in the comments!

Groupetude Newsletter! week 18

Weekly English Fix

May

By Klaudyna Piatek May 3rd, 2021

I always love the month of May. Doesn’t everyone? It’s spring, flowers are in bloom everywhere, and the warm weather becomes a more regular visitor. 

So what’s on the menu this month? 

We are going to be organising a series of Facebook Lives for all of you lovely people. Yes, you read that right, we’re giving away lots of learning tips. However, we need your help! Join our group, Groupetude Community, where the Lives will be hosted, and post your questions! There will be two threads, one for English and one for French learners. We will use these to organise the Lives and do our best to answer as well as possible. 

So get ready, we’re starting the week of May 17th! 

THIS WEEK’S

TOP STORIES

French Réunion: the postmen of the peaks

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/03/french-reunion-the-postmen-of-the-peaks

This is an island I’ve wanted to visit for a long time. Interested in La Réunion? Read about the postal workers who scale peaks to collect and deliver the mail. 

EXPLAINED: Do you have to pay duty if you bring furniture from the UK to France?

https://www.thelocal.fr/20210416/explained-do-you-have-to-pay-duty-if-you-bring-furniture-from-the-uk-to-france/

I’ve read a lot of questions concerning this issue on various expat forums, so check it out. The article breaks down the most popular questions, hopefully it’ll help you or someone you know! 

THIS WEEK’S

TOP TIPS

Long Term Improvement

This one is going to seem so obvious, but, make a friend. It’s so much easier to learn when you’ve got someone to talk to. You get free practice and have a good time all the while. If it’s hard to figure out how to make a friend, join a club; anything you enjoy doing really, and you’ll meet people that way.

Vocabulary

Learning French: Here’s a site I found for French vocabulary. Let me know if you like it, it seems to be quite useful! https://www.transparent.com/word-of-the-day/today/french.html

Learning English: check out https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/ it’s fantastic because it’s a dictionary for English learners and gives you a new word each day, along with the level and pronunciation. 

Grammar Spot

Learning French: When I was learning French I had trouble remembering when to use the verb être in the past. Here’s the House of être, useful as a memory tool and the website has some explanations on it too. https://www.cliffsnotes.com/study-guides/french/french-i/french-i-the-passe-compose/the-passe-compose-with-etre

Learning English: if you want to compare two things that are the same, you can use “as”. For example, Mary is as tall as John. The melon is as big as my head. You can also do this for the negative, when two things aren’t the same: my tea is not as hot as yours. 


Ok, do you have any questions? Drop me line, I’ll get back to you ASAP! 

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Grammar Mondays: adjectives 7

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Here are a few more examples of how we might use the superlative in everyday speech:

When I was growing up, I thought Toronto was the coolest city in the world. As a kid, I also thought it was the biggest. I was very proud that we had the tallest tower in the world, and that we had one of the largest lakes.

So, what are some of your best memories? Do you remember your grandpa as having the biggest house in the country, only to realize, when you grew up, that it was quite normal?

Leave your answers in the comments!

Friday Idiom

English Expressions: don't judge a book by its cover. Apprenez des expressions anglaises chaque vendredi avec Groupetude!

Now for this expression, I have to say that in reality, I often judge a book by its cover! However, I try not to judge people by their appearance, and that’s the whole point, right?

In terms of books though, I love a good cover! A great book jacket, that grabs your attention can really make you pick up a book. On that note, I watched a TED talk by a book designer on the very subject. I’ll include a link below.

It’s hard though, isn’t it, to put your prejudice to the side and not make assumptions about people and places? It’s hardwired in us.

Friday Idiom: break the ice

You know those awkward meetings you can have sometimes when you meet a friend’s new girlfriend or boyfriend, and that friend goes to the bathroom and leaves you two together? That’s when you need to break the ice!

In order to do this, you can use some « ice breakers » or jokes, to relieve the tension.

So, to break the ice, means to relieve the tension, or awkwardness of a situation!

You can say:

  • I broke the ice by telling her my favorite joke.
  • Talking about the latest Netflix series can be a good (or bad!) way to break the ice.
  • How about a card game to break the ice?

Now it’s your turn, can you think of any good ways to break the ice?

Friday Idiom: put your foot in it

Learn a new English idiom every Friday with Groupetude! Today's idiom: to put your foot in it.

Alright, so let’s have an example. You might say that you’ve put your foot in it if you accidentally tell someone about their surprise birthday party. Or, your best friend told you have she’s pregnant, but that no one else knows yet, then you go off and spill the beans at Friday night drinks!

It’s important to remember that this expression is used when you say something you shouldn’t have by accident, if you do it on purpose, it doesn’t work!

So, can you think of a time when you really put your foot in it? I certainly can, that’s also why I don’t really like it when people tell me secrets!

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I often hear my students make the following mistake: « I am very interesting in this subject. » Or, they might say, « I am boring, » when they mean: « I am bored. »

These are very common mistakes. So how can we remedy them?

Try to pick up an example that you feel comfortable with, like: I am bored. = I feel bored. When you are unsure which form of the adjective to use, think back to your tested and tried example. Do you feel interested? If yes, then you should say: I am interested.

Let’s have another one. The Ring is frightening. I am frightened. = The Ring is a frightening film, therefore I feel frightened. If you say: I am frightening, that means you think people are afraid of you!

Okay, now you try it. Make three sentences with the following adjectives: tempted/tempting; excited/exciting; embarrassed/embarrassing.