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February 2009

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Quick Quote

The English language has a deceptive air of simplicity so have some little frocks but they are both not the kind of thing you can run up in half an hour with a machine.

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Word of the Month

This month's Featured Video

amoristic

Seeing Valentine's Day has just gone we thought a vocabulary item to do with romance and love may be appropriate.

Amoristic:

1. [a] of or pertaining to romantic love

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February : Featured Video

This month's Featured Video

Every month English4Today brings you a featured video. This month's video is part of our series on the formation and use of the Simple Present.

The great thing about using the video learning section on English4Today is that you also have access to full text explanations, examples and plenty of exercises if you have free membership. The Simple Past series has several videos that show you clearly and simply how to form the Simple Past, use the interrogative and negative and how and when to use it.

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Grammar Spot : THE POSSESSIVE FORM OF NOUNS

July Grammar Spot

The possessive form is used with nouns referring to people, groups of people, countries, and animals. 'Belonging to' or 'ownership' is one of the relationships it expresses :

John owns a car. ('John' is the possessor or owner)
It is John's car.

America has some gold reserves. ('America' is the owner)
They are America's gold reserves.

It can also express other relationships, for example:

  1. where someone works or studies or spends time:
    John goes to this school. This is John'sschool.
    John sleeps in this room. This is John's room.

  2. a family relationship:
    John's mother
    The Queen's daughter

  3. qualities:
    John's patience.
    The politician's hypocrisy.

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Readers' Questions : How about or What about?

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 Khadija KILA in Morocco:

When can we use "how about" and when can we use "what about"?

Both can be used to make suggestions.

  • How about going to see a movie tonight?
  • What about going to see a movie tonight?

Or, in the case of a non-suggestive question:

  • Is Mike going with you? How about Pete?
  • Is Mike going with you? What about Pete?
  • Have you finished cleaning your room? How about your homework?
  • Have you finished cleaning your room? What about your homework?

So, use either and the earth won't open up and swallow you!

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