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MARCH 2009

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Word of the Month

This month's Featured Video

lampoon

'Lampoon' is not the most common word in English but if you google it you'll see that it isn't that rare either. It is particularly associated with the famous satirical magazine of the 70's the 'National Lampoon'.

Lampoon:

1. [n] a composition that imitates somebody's style in a humorous way

2. [v] ridicule with satire; "The writer satirized the politician's proposal"

 

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March Video : Let's Go Shopping!

This month's Featured Video

This month's video introduces some key vocabulary for shopping. A recession may not be the best time to be learning how to spend your money but times can only get better!

The video has been produced by a couple of young ladies whose acting ability is a little doubtful but who make up for it  with their enthusiasm. Some of the key phrases that they use in the video are listed under the video on the website. Shop till you drop!

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Grammar Spot : ADVERBS OF MANNER

July Grammar Spot

Adverbs of manner tell us how something happens. They are usually placed after the main verb or after the object.

Examples:

  • He swims well, (after the main verb)
  • He ran... rapidly, slowly, quickly..
  • She spoke... softly, loudly, aggressively..
  • James coughed loudly to attract her attention.
  • He plays the flute beautifully. (after the object)
  • He ate the chocolate cake greedily.

BE CAREFUL! The adverb should not be put between the verb and the object:

  • He ate greedily the chocolate cake [incorrect]
  • He ate the chocolate cake greedily [correct]

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For the full explanation go to: English4Today Online Grammar.

Readers' Questions : John and I, John and me?

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 Glenda Ferrell, USA:

Q: Which is proper? Please help John and I or please help John and me?

 

A: An easy way to remember this is to remove the other part of the coordinated personal pronoun (in this case 'John and') and determine which pronoun to use in the sentence.

I'm pretty sure you know that 'Please help me' is correct. So 'Please help John and me' is also correct.

In the following sentence 'I' would be used.
'John and I need help' (you can see that without 'John and' the 'I need help' makes perfect sense.)

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