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November 2008

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Featured Video
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Grammar Spot
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IELTS Courses
Readers' Questions


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November : 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 Past Tense.

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.

Watch the video now!

October set a new record: Learn English ... free!

Free Membership to Learn English Online

In October over 10,000 new members signed up for our free membership of English4Today. Our best month ever. And as Sanjay in India says, "This is great, I've finally found a place with a lot of materials to learn and a lot of people to help with my learning!". The membership website gives you a complete 'toolkit' for learning English online. And nearly all of it is free!

Members are both teachers 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.

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Electronic Communication vs. Verbal Communication

The Internet has changed the way we communicate at home and at work. Electronic communication means we communicate more, and we often do so very quickly, between other tasks. This leads to more errors in our grammar and spelling. Investing a little care in our writing can make all the difference to our electronic communications. Tools like WhiteSmoke 2009 help your writing stand out in the digital age.


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New Video English Section: A success!


Last month we let you know about our new Video English Lesson section on English4Today. Well, we've had an incredible response to the video section - so much so that it is now the top entry section on the website after the members' section.

The videos are selected from all over the Internet and there are, of course, many produced by English4Today and its partners. Videos from English4Today nearly always have an exercise available to go with it as well as a script and videos from outside our network will have language explanations or comments from our tutors added with them. If you are a member (and don't forget that membership is free!) you can access nearly all of these additional materials through the membership section.


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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.


  • 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]

If there is a preposition before the object, e.g. at, towards, we can place the adverb either before the preposition or after the object.


  • The child ran happily towards his mother.
  • The child ran towards his mother happily.

For the full explanation on adverbs of manner see the English4Today Online Grammar

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  • native English speakers
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Readers' Questions : Met, meet or meat?

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 Rick in the USA:

"Why do we say “I did not meet him” rather than “I did not met him”, since this is the past tense?"

Hi Rick. I’m going to answer this one although the answer is explained in the English4Today Online Grammar under the section dealing with forming the negative.

Let’s do a quick review of how the negative is formed in English. First we’ll take your sentence in the affirmative:

  • I met him.

That’s fine… we have the verb in the Simple Past (don’t forget that ‘meet’ is an irregular verb and the past form is ‘met’). Now let’s make it negative...

Get the full answer now with sound file podcast

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