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Friday, September 22, 2017

HELEN KELLER

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HELEN KELLER

Helen Keller was born in Alabama in 1880. When she was less than 2 years old, she became very ill. While she recovered from her illness, she lost her eyesight and hearing. When Helen was 7, her parents hired a teacher for her. The teacher, Annie Sullivan, was able to bring Helen out of her dark, silent world by teaching her sign language. Helen would feel each sign with her fingers to determine the meaning. Helen Keller would go on to be a writer, lecturer and activist.
Questions
1.     Where was Helen Keller born?
2.     How old was Helen Keller when she lost her eyesight and hearing?
3.     Who was Helen Keller’s teacher?




“Because” And “Because Of” Grammar Exercise

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“Because” And “Because Of” Grammar Exercise

Fill in the blanks with “because” or “because of”

1. We got into trouble ............................... you.
because
because of
2. We cancelled the trip ............................. bad weather.
because
because of
3. We hurried indoors ....................... it was raining.
because
because of
4. She passed the test .................................. her teacher.
because of
because
5. She passed the test .......................... she had a good teacher.
because
because of
6. I couldn't arrive on time .............................. I had missed the train.
because
because of
7. He can't walk .................................. arthritis.
because
because of
8. She didn't pass the test .......................... she hadn't studied well.
because
because of
9. Thousands of people lost their jobs ............................ the recession.
because
because of
10. I couldn't understand him .......................... his strange accent.
because
because of
11. The government banned that movie ........................ the public opinion was against it.
because
because of
12. He met with an accident ......................... he was driving too fast.
because
because of
Answers
1. We got into trouble because of you.
2. We cancelled the trip because of bad weather.
3. We hurried indoors because it was raining.
4. She passed the test because of her teacher.
5. She passed the test because she had a good teacher.
6. I couldn’t arrive on time because I missed the train.
7. He can’t walk because of arthritis.
8. She didn’t pass the test because she hadn’t studied well.
9. Thousands of people lost their jobs because of the recession.
10. I couldn’t understand him because of his strange accent.
11. The government banned that movie because the public opinion was against it.
12. He met with an accident because he was driving too fast.


Fortuitous vs. Fortunate

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Fortuitous vs. Fortunate

The word fortuitous is commonly used as an adjective that means “happening by accident or chance rather than design.” Its synonyms include accidental, unplanned, and coincidental.
Arsenal news: We’re conceding too many fortuitous goals, admits Petr Cech
The Independent
Episcopal finally gets a fortuitous bounce and knocks off Bullis on senior night
Washington Post
Fortuitous chat pays off in exemption into this week’s AT&T Byron Nelson Classic
Sacramento Bee
However, it may sometimes be used informally to mean “happening by a lucky chance” or as a synonym to fortunate.
A fortuitous find
Dalhousie University News
West Ham thanking their lucky stars after fortuitous home win over Hull
ESPN FC
Lucky bamboo: A fortuitous plant for Chinese New Year
Chicago Tribune
On the other hand, the term fortunate is used as an adjective meaning “favored by or involving good luck or fortune” or “bringing some good thing not foreseen as certain.” Its synonyms include lucky, auspicious, and favorable.
Singapore fortunate to have an equal, multiracial society
The Straits Times
Kids read to provide sheep and goats to less fortunate
Port Townsend Leader
Rescue crews say Prius driver fortunate after San Rafael bus accident
KGO-TV
Despite this original distinction, current writers use fortuitous and fortunate interchangeably. If you want to retain the traditional meanings of the words, remember that anything that happened by chance or accident is fortuitious, while people or events that are favored by good luck are fortunate.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

"Dare" as an Ordinary Verb and an Auxiliary Verb

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"Dare" as an Ordinary Verb and an Auxiliary Verb

Dare can be used as an ordinary verb and an auxiliary verb. When dare is used as an ordinary verb, it is followed by an infinitive with to. Also, questions and negatives are made with do.

When dare is used as an auxiliary verb, it is followed by an infinitive without to and questions and negatives are made without to.

Fill in the blanks.

1. She is a woman who ……………….. what she thinks.
dares to say
dares say
dare to say
dare say
2. I didn’t ……………………… the truth.
dare to tell
dare tell
dared tell
3. Do you ………………….. what you think?
dare say
dare to say
dares to say
4. I daren’t ………………… what I think.
say
to say
5. He ………………… out at night.
dare not go
does not dare to go
Either could be used here
6. She ................................... the truth.
doesn't dare speak
doesn't dare to speak
daren't to speak
7. The old man didn’t ………………….. the door.
dare open
dare to open
Either could be used here
8. I ……………………. at her face.
don't dare to look
daren't look
Either could be used here
9. Do you dare ………………….. your limits?
test
to test
to testing
10. She didn’t ……………….. her eyes.
dare open
dare to open
dared to open
11. I dare you ……………… across the river.
swim
to swim
Either could be used here
12. She dared me ………………. the truth.
tell
to tell
Answers

1. She is a woman who dares to day / dare say what she thinks.

2. I didn’t dare to tell the truth.

3. Do you dare to say what you think?

4. I daren’t say what I think.

5. He dare not go / doesn’t dare to go out at night.

6. She doesn’t dare to speak the truth.

7. The old man didn’t dare to open the door.

8. I don’t dare to look / daren’t look at her face.

9. Do you dare to test your limits?

10. She didn’t dare to open her eyes.

11. I dare you to swim across the river.

12. She dared me to tell the truth.

"Can" and "Could" Special Uses

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"Can" and "Could" Special Uses
Can and could are modal auxiliaries used to express ideas such as ability, possibility and permission. They also have some special uses. For example, they are often used with verbs that do not have a continuous form to talk about ongoing states and experiences.

Complete the following sentences with an appropriate word or phrase.

1. I …………………….. Mary coming.
can see
am seeing
see
2. ………………….. somebody coming up the stairs?
Are you hearing
Can you hear
3. What did you put in the soup? I ………………… something funny.
taste
am tasting
can taste
4. Suddenly I realized I ……………….. something burning.
was smelling
could smell
5. I ………………… what she wanted.
knew
could knew
had known
6. I ………………… what she wanted.
guessed
could guess
Either could be used here
7. You ………………… she is British from her accent.
tell
told
can tell
8. I …………………… what you are talking about.
can't understand
don't understand
Either could be used here
9. She is an arrogant woman, but somehow you can’t ………………… her.
help to like
help like
help liking
10. I couldn’t ………………. what they said.
help to overhear
help overhearing
help overhear
11. I can’t help ……………………. what she wants.
but to wonder
but wonder
but wondering
12. I can't help .......................... what I should do next.
but wonder
wondering
Either could be used here
Answers
1. I can see Mary coming.
2. Can you hear somebody coming up the stairs?
3. What did you put in the soup? I can taste something funny.
4. Suddenly I realized I could smell something burning.
5. I knew what she wanted.
6. I guessed / could guess what she wanted.
7. You can tell she is British from her accent.
8. I can’t understand / don’t understand what you are talking about.
9. She is an arrogant woman, but somehow you can’t help liking her.
10. I couldn’t help overhearing what they said.
11. I can’t help but wonder what she wants.
12. I can’t help wondering / but wonder what I should do next.