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Quisiera saber como preguntar en ingles -> si todavía hay hippies en Woodstock? 3. February 2016

“Are there still hippies at Woodstock?”

De hecho, me encanta esa pregunta porque es un ejemplo perfecto de la diferencia entre ‘YET’ and ‘STILL’

Are they here yet? = Haven’t they arrived?

Are they still here? = Haven’t they left?

Do you see the difference?

Disculpen. Esta es mi duda, por que se escribe: This knife to is for cutting meat y no This knife is to cutte? 1. February 2016

There are 2 possibilities:

  1. This knife is (used) TO CUT meat
  2. This knife is (used) FOR CUTTING meat

Both are correct, but the second structure can only be used for a machine/tool/etc. with ONE SOLE PURPOSE. The first option can be used in any case:

This money will be   FOR HELPING   TO HELP people in need.

Good evening! There’s something I don’t understand very well in English. For example, when someone says ‘he is a 10 year old boy’. Why wouldn’t you say ‘ he is a 10 yearS old boy’ , that’s to say, why wouldn’t you add an ‘S’ to the word ‘year’. One more example could be the following: I bought a 12 euro cake for his birthday. I’m asking you this because when you say ‘a 10 minute’s walk’ , you use the saxon genitive! I hope you can make it clearer! Thank you very much 12. January 2016

Good question! This always comes up:

He is 7 yearS old = He is a 7-year-old boy

Quite simply, in the second sentence it acts as an adjective, and adjectives do not have a plural form:

A 5-year wait.
A 3 metre drop
A 70 kilo adult
etc. etc…..

The dash ( – ) is optional.

Good evening! I would like to know why ‘While’ is sometimes followed by the present continuous and sometimes by the present simple, as I would always use the present cointinuous. Thanks a lot ! 7. January 2016

The basic difference between Present Simple (IN GENERAL) and Present Continuous (SPECIFIC) also applies here:

  • While we are waiting for dinner, we can finish our homework = RIGHT NOW, AT THE MOMENT OF SPEAKING
  • While we wait for dinner, we finish our homework = EVERY DAY

For the past, the Continuous is the most common:

While we were waiting….

Sorry for taking so long to answer! I went for a few days’ holiday.

quisiera saber como saber escribir lo que oigo en ingles 30. December 2015

No sé que nivel tienes, pero no es tan fácil, porque toca uno de los aspectos más complicados del Inglés – la diferencia entre la palabra escrita y como se pronuncia. Si quieres empezar a ver la complejidad, pincha aquí.

Tienes que leer, y escuchar mientras lees. Canciones, historias….



hola, me gustaría saber una cosa sobre el genitivo sajón. ¿ Por qué no se usa en la frase The door of the house ( lo cual es algo inanimado) y sin embargo, sí se en The company’s report y en The book’s writer ? Y tampoco entiendo por qué se usa en las frases ‘The girl’s shouts’ y en ‘ The prisoner’s release’, ya que no indica posesión, ni parentesco, ni es una expresión de tiempo, espacio, medida etc Gracias ! 23. December 2015

Tengo un mini-class sobre esto:

La verdad es que en este caso (como en muchos otros) la teoría solo nos lleva hasta cierto punto en el camino. El uso y la evolución del Inglés siempre es mucho más complejo que un serie de reglas.

Eso dicho, un par de consejos:

La posesión se entiende en su significado ás amplio, no solo ‘Juan’s pen’ sino tambien ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’, ‘The prisoner’s release’, etc.

El ‘dueño’ no tiene porque ser persona (‘The dog’s bone’) mientras que tenga personalidad. Otra vez, podemos usar esto en su sentido más amplio: ‘The sun’s rays’, y lo que has dicho: ‘The company’s report’ and ‘The book’s writer’.

Eso dicho, ‘The company report’ no es incorrecto, y en el caso de ‘The book’s writer’ (El libro tiene escritor) tiene que diferenciarse de ‘The book writer’ (Escribe libros, no articulos). Lo mismo pasa con ‘My mother’s photo’ (Es suya) y ‘A photo of my mother’ (Ella sale en la foto).

Lo mejor es hacer lo que has hecho – observar para aprender!

Hello! I would like to know the difference in meaning between the verbs ‘To fall down’ and ‘ To fall over’. For example, ‘My son fell down at school ‘ and ‘My son fell over at school’. Thank you ! 23. December 2015

I explain this example (and more) here:

Phrasal Verbs of Movement

You have to know the exact direction implied by the prepositions DOWN and OVER (and others….)

Hi again ! What’s the difference between ‘That’s all’, That’s it’ and ‘This is it’. Thank you ! from Antonio 17. December 2015

You’re buying meat from the counter, and the seller asks you “Would you like anything else?”
‘No thanks – that’s all!’ (Quantity)

You’re playing a computer game with your brother.
‘That’s it – you’re dead!’ (Time)

‘This is it!’ can mean many things depending on the context. It could mean the beginning of an event, when a film starts, for example.

Hi! Could you please tell me how you would translate the sentence ‘ si tú quisieras ver las vistas de las ciudad (desde una parte más alta de la ciudad, quiero decir ) , podrías visitar el castillo” into English? Thanks ! from Antonio 17. December 2015

It’s a second conditional: Past + Would
“If you wanted to visit the highest part of the city, you could visit the castle.”

Personally, I think it’s better in First Conditional:
“If you want to visit the highest part of the city, you can visit the castle.”

Good morning ! I would like to know the difference between : Far from and far away from. Thank you from Antonio 17. December 2015

You could use both, but the most usual would be:

‘My house is far from the city.’

‘My house is far away.’ ( Without saying from where )

That said, there is a song by Dire Straits: “You’re so far away from me…”.

Hi ! When finishing an informal letter, I usually say : I’m looking forward to hearing from you. However, I don’t know whether I would leave it like this or I should say ‘I look forward to hearing from you’. Thanks ! from Antonio 17. December 2015

Really, in an informal letter it’s better to say ‘I look forward to hearing from you.’

‘I’m looking forward…’ is a common expression in everyday English and is more conversational, so it’s better for an informal letter.

‘I’m looking forward to seeing my family this Christmas.’

For more information on Letter Writing, click here.

Hi ! from your point of view, which one do you think it would be better to say : when they are here, I can help them or when they are here, I could help them ? I would say the second one because I’m referring to the future, but I’m not sure at all … Thank you very much ! from Antonio 17. December 2015

Although it’s not as strict as you learn it in class, there is a conflict here between 1st and 2nd Conditional:

(As a side note, I prefer ‘When they GET here…)

‘When they get (are..) here…’ is the beginning of a 1ST CONDITIONAL sentence (Present Simple)

‘….I could help them.’ is the ending of a SECOND CONDITIONAL. (Past = Subjunctive)

The correct answer is: When they get here, I can (will, might…) help them.
In second conditional, you could say: ‘If they were here, I could (would..) help them.

If you want to revise the Conditionals, click here.

Hello ! I was wondering if you could please tell me the difference in meaning for : With reference to, in relation to, with relation to , regarding, as regards, with respect to, etc As well as that, which ones are synonyms. Thanks a lot ! from Antonio 17. December 2015

They all have the same meaning, although if I had to choose, I would use ‘with reference to..’ and ‘regarding…’ as the others can sound a bit out-of-date.

siii me pueden ayudar pasado mañana tengo un examen sobre los possessives adjectives 14. December 2015

Lo explico todo en este video:

2.6 Family and Possessives

Tambien un mini-class, pero mezcla los adjectivos (mi perro) con los pronombres (mío):


Ves el video, y luego me preguntas?

mañana tengo prueba de ingles es la ultima no me podrian ayudar? 3. December 2015

Claro que sí! Estudialo todo, y las dudas que puedas tener me los dices…

necesito responder estas oraciones afirmativas en forma larga o corta: does he go to school every day 21. November 2015

Does he go school every day?

Forma Corta:
Yes, he does.
No, he doesn’t.

Forma Larga:
He goes to school every day.
He doesn’t go to school every day.

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