1. I have done a lot of work today. (do)
2. Where have you been? (be)
3. He hasn't worked in over three years. (work -- negative)
4. The students have received their grades. (receive)
5. How long has he had that cough? (have)
6. The movie hasn't finished yet. (finish - negative)
7. We have decided to move to Canada. (decide)
8. It hasn't rained here in the last month. (rain -- negative)
9. Have you ever visited Russia? (visit)
10. It has been a pleasure to meet you. (be)
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If you want something very much, you have a desire for it.
A woman who desires to get married will make a special effort to catch a bouquet of flowers thrown by the bride at a wedding. If she catches it, she will be the next in line to get married. Of course, this is kind of a superstitious belief, but have you ever heard of it?
Today's word of the day is "among." Use this word when describing activity or relationships within a group of three or more things or people. It's useful to contrast the word "among" with the word "between" which is used when describing two things or two people.
This is between you and me.
I count you among my many friends.
There's a small car parked between those two larger cars.
Among the cars in the parking lots are a few motorcycles.
You can learn more about the word "among" by clicking here.
I regularly remind students that learning English is not something that you can do quickly. For the average young person, it takes five or six years to achieve a comfortable level of confidence in speaking and writing. For older people, it can take that long or longer, depending on how much education that person received in his or her country of origin. Determination and grit count towards speeding up the process of learning English, but I am thinking of averages here. So keep working at it. Try to learn something new every day and you will reach your goals.
I also recommend that all students visit the prepositions section regularly. It takes years and years of practice and patience to figure out which preposition to use with a particular verb, adjective, or noun. The prepositions pages include audio and text examples.
I don't often embed material from other websites because I want visitors who come here to stay here and improve their English, but here I'm going to include a video from Morning Joe, an MSNBC morning talk show, in order to give you a good idea of what people are thinking about the results of Tuesday's election.
November 9, 2016
All I can say today is I'm sorry. Everyone I know is deeply disappointed by the results of the election.
November 8, 2016
Today is Election Day in the United States. Our elections are always held on the first Tuesday of November, except if that Tuesday is November 1. That's why we're voting on November 8. The word of the day is "vote."