Art History

Zen Story: Maybe

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There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically. “Maybe,” the farmer replied. The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. […]

Grammar

“To Have” – Uses of the Verb for ESL Learners

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The verb to have is used in a number of different ways in English. Here are the main uses of the verb to have for reference, self-study and in-class use. To Have – Main Verb To have is used as a main verb to indicate possession of objects, characteristics, relationships or other qualities. Examples: He has three books by Hemingway.Jane has […]

Grammar

Verb Combinations in English

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Verbs can be combined in English in a number of ways. Here is a look at the most important verb combinations in English with links to resources for further practice and study for each type of verb combination. There are two main patterns for verb combinations. 1. Verb + Verb One verb can immediately follow another […]

Grammar

Irregular Verbs List

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Irregular Verbs List Here’s an alphabetical irregular verbs list for ESL and EFL teachers and English Language Learners. Taken from: From Irregular Verbs List to Teaching ESL to Adults home   BASE FORM/SIMPLE FORM SIMPLE PAST TENSE PAST PARTICIPLE OF VERBS List of Irregular Verbs (a to c) arise arose arisen be was/were been bear […]

Grammar

English Verb Tense List

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Verb Tense List for ESL Teachers Twelve Tenses to Teach English Language Learners Taken from From Verb Tense List to Teaching ESL to Adults Home The verb tense list below includes all twelve basic grammar tenses for English verbs. Most basic tenses have more than one name; it depends on the grammar book you use […]

Grammar

Teaching ESL Verb Tenses

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Teaching ESL Verb Tenses to Adults Moving Beyond ESL Verb Conjugation to Teach Form and Function of Tenses Taken from From ESL Verb Tenses to Teaching ESL to Adults Home When teaching ESL verb tenses to English language learners, conjugation is only one part of verb tense lesson plans. Students can often easily memorize and […]

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Who Was the Sinner? – Chinese folktale

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Once upon a time there were ten farmers, who were crossing a field together. They were surprised by a heavy thunder-storm, and took refuge in a half-ruined temple. But the thunder drew ever nearer, and so great was the tumult that the air trembled about them, while the lightning flew around the temple in a […]

Grammar

Primary Verbs Definition and Examples

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Definition: In English, the verbs be, have, and do–all three of which can function as either main verbs or auxiliary verbs. Primary verbs are sometimes referred to as primary auxiliaries. (See Examples and Observations, below.) See also: Dummy Operator Modal NICE Properties Notes on “Do” Notes on Verbs Using Correct Forms of the Verb “Be” Examples and Observations: “In one of their […]

Short Read

Dreams by Langston Hughes

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Dreams, by Langston Hughes, is a poem that suggests life is aimless without vision and aspirations. Dreams Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow. Edited with BlogPad Pro