English4Today Monthly Newsletter
Having trouble reading this newsletter? Click here to see it in your browser.
You are receiving this newsletter because you signed up from our web site. ?ds=#ds#&nlemail=#nlemail#">Click here to unsubscribe.
  | Free studyGuides | Learn English Forums | English Grammar | Software | English4Today Club | Blog | FAQ |  

August 2008

In this Issue

Free English Online
Write English
Test Your English
Grammar Spot
Desktop Software
Try Your own Tutor
Writing Courses
Readers' Questions

Write English like an Expert!

Free membership
Free membership

Test Your English
Test Your English

Useful Websites...

Free Membership
Online Courses
Online Grammar
Grammar FAQ
Study Guides
Irregular Verbs
Confusing Words
Punctuation
Study in the UK
Jobs for Teachers

Study English in Britain
Study English in the UK



Quick Quote

Correct spelling, indeed, is one of the arts that are far more esteemed by schoolma'ams than by practical men, neck-deep in the heat and agony of the world.
Henry Louis Mencken


Confusing Words

statue | stature

 



Learn English with English4Today ... free!

Free Membership to Learn English Online

Join thousands of other English4Today members and learn English for free! The membership website gives you a complete 'toolkit' for learning English online. And nearly all of it is free!

Members are both teacher and students and come from all over the world. You can use hundreds of online resources, meet other members, build your own dictionary, find an online teacher or just browse through articles, games and video clips. The first thing to do is to register for Free Membership of English4Today so that you can access all of the services and learning tools. After that you can access the forums, use the complete Online English4Today Grammar, Ask question in the English4Today Grammar FAQ, download free studyGuides and use the hundreds of other resources open to members.

Register for Free English4Today Membership now!


Write English Like an Expert!

Write English Like an Expert Improve your English writing with WhiteSmoke's All-In-One writing software - A smart writing engine that helps you write like a professional.

This unique patent-based technology checks your grammar, corrects your spelling and enriches text, taking your writing from simple to sophisticated.

Special Offer – 25% discount.

 

GET WhiteSmoke's All-In-One Writing software.



Test your English

Test Your English

How good is your English? English4Today provides a free English language assessment tool on our main website and through our special Assessment Website that you can use to evaluate your English language level.

If you are really serious about knowing your level you will want to take a full assessment with an English4Today tutors who will evaluate your spoken and written level as well as your grammar, vocabulary and reading levels.

Free Assessment :: Full Assessment



Grammar Spot : Just + Present Perfect

July Grammar Spot

You probably know the Stevie Wonder song which has the lyrics:

I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart

Well, thanks to Stevie Wonder we can have a look at one of those little grammatical twists that are sent to annoy us all but especially those who are trying to learn how English works. Let's look at a couple of sentences with 'just' in them:

  • I've just failed my exams and will have to study for them again.
  • She has just lost her car keys and can't leave for work.

The adverb of time, 'just' + verb, indicates that an action is in the very recent past and is completed so why don't we always use the Simple Past (as Stevie Wonder does in the song). Well, you can use the Simple Past here and it would not be wrong.  What complicates it is that using 'just' with the Present Perfect to talk about a complete, recent past action is also correct. We often use it with the Present Perfect when there is result in the present or future of the past action (as in the examples above).

But we are talking about fairly fine distinctions here and I would say that Stevie Wonder's grammar is spot on in this part of the song!

Just to keep you thinking - 'just' can also be used to mean ' the only reason'. For example, 'I just called to say I love you' could also mean ' the only reason I called was to say I love you'. I'll leave you with that until next time!

For the full article about just and the Present Perfect and a discussion of the various exeptions have a look at the the English4Today Blog entries while you listen to the accompanying podcast episode.



Free 'Guide to English Verbs' software

Desktop Software

You can download a free copy of the award-winning English4Today 'Quick Guide to English Verbs' from the website and have a handy, quick referernce of all of the main verb forms in English.

The 'Quick Verb Guide' is an ideal study companion with a very easy-to-use interface and full of examples so that you can see exactly how a verb tense works in English. Each tense also has a 'time line' illustration to help you see how and when it is used.

Download the Quick Verb Guide



English4Today Courses for Writing Better English

Business English

The English4Today courses for Writing Better English are the latest edition to our course catalogue and are proving to be very popular with students.

If you need to improve your business, creative or academic writing skills in English then these courses are perfect for you. Each course has 7 units that you can study at your own pace. Every student has their own personal tutor and your tutor will assess all of you assignments and answer your questions during the course. Included in the course:

  • Full initial assessment of a piece of your written work
  • All materials
  • Your personal English4Today tutor
  • 1 years access to the Online English4Today Club and learning website as a Premium Member
  • 1 licensed copy of the English4Today Desktop Edition software
  • 1 licensed copy of the CourseNavigator software

If you would like more information go to the Writing Better English website at:

Writing Better English Courses



Try a 1 Hour Online Lesson

Personal Tutors

If you really want to learn English online and in the best way possible then you need a Personal Tutor. Now you can try the service with a 1 hour lesson before to see if it suits you!

You may be hesitant about registering for a full English4Today course or series of online lessons and that is understandable. English4Today now provides a 1 hour introductory lesson so that you can 'try before you buy' and make sure that our course are as good as we say they are!

Find out more about the options and registration for the 1 Hour Introductory lesson:

Your Personal English Language Tutor



Readers' Questions : Would and Could

Readers' QuestionsEvery month we publish one question from an English4Today member in the newsletter. However, we answer a lot more in the Online Grammar FAQ and a lot of them have podcast sound files with the answers.

This month's question was sent in by Mahesh, an English4Today member from India : Mahesh asks, 'What is the difference between ‘would’ and ‘could’?'

This is a very common question and there seems to be a lot of confusion about what the difference is exactly between ‘would’ and ‘could’. As with a lot of questions sent in by advanced English learners, this question is really about pointing out fairly fine distinctions in usage and special cases (such as 'would like') where only one choice is possible. Because this month's answer is a bit too long for the newsletter we've posted a comprehensive answer to Mahesh's question on the Grammar FAQ with sound file and examples.

 

Get the full answer now

This email was sent to #nlemail#
?ds=#ds#&email=#nlemail#">Click here to instantly unsubscribe.

English4Today.com
A step52 Learning Publication


| Contact Us | © #DateFormat(Now(),'yyyy')# English4Today.com