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Comes slanting down in fitful showers,
Then from the furrow shoots the grain,
And banks are fledged with nestling flowers;
And in grey shawl and woodland bowers
The cuckoo through the April rain
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TeachTeach Your TeacherHomePosts: 9,878 mod
edited January 2016 in A Question of English
Grammar - It ain't all that. http://www.learnenglish.de/grammarpage.html
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  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 0
    Hi Guys :) , i'm new on this forum ! i wanna ask a question about grammar, particularly about the difference between past perfect simple and continuos.. thanks!!!
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,268 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 2016
    @valec22 Hi and welcome here. You can try the following link as it is really helpful. :)

    Post edited by Teach on
  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 0
    Thank you so much !!!!
  • JGDReeJGDRee Posts: 6
    The train arrived and i got on it.
    Is it correct?
    I am learning independent clauses right now. Is it a correct example of independent clause?
  • GlorianGlorian Posts: 1,251 ✭✭✭✭
    It will one of my favorite pages, I'll add it at my bookmarks! Poor Lynne, you'll tire of my questions... :smirk:
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  • GlorianGlorian Posts: 1,251 ✭✭✭✭
    The link that you mentioned with... @NatashaT. I found new (for me) grammar statement. Am I understood properly that "present participle" ('ing') walks always hand by hand with auxiliary verb "to be"?!
  • NatashaTNatashaT Posts: 866 Teacher
    @Glorian If you are writing in the present continuous tense, then yes. To make the present continuous, we use the verb ´to be´ (am, is, are) with the present participle (verb+ing).
    e.g. is going, are studying, am writing

    But the present participle can also be used in other ways, which don´t need to have the verb ´to be´ before them, and we also have gerunds (also verb+ing) which have a different purpose.

    So, just because you have a word ending in -ing, doesn´t mean you should have the verb ´to be´ in front of it. :)

    On the grammar page that Lynne posted for you above, check out these sections: Gerunds and Infinitives; Present participle; Tenses - continuous. They should help you understand this a little more!
  • GlorianGlorian Posts: 1,251 ✭✭✭✭
    Thak you so much mrs. @NatashaT! :)
  • GlorianGlorian Posts: 1,251 ✭✭✭✭
    Grammar, do I learn you someday or not? Huh? You're nasty woman that I ever met! :tired_face: :angry:
  • RdefinerRdefiner Posts: 4
    Can you please recommend me any grammar books that describe the following construction which I think is a subjective infinitive construction
  • RdefinerRdefiner Posts: 4
    or 'The Subjective-with-the-Infinitive Construction':

    - Those elections in April ARE CERTAIN TO BRING more protests.
    - Defence minister since January, 2015, he IS BELIEVED TO BE in his 30s.
    - The US and Cuba ARE EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE the opening of embassies in each other’s capitals today.

    Am I right with the name of the construction?
    Please, help me find any grammar books describing this construction.
  • RdefinerRdefiner Posts: 4
    I need it for my diploma, and there isn't any info about this in these books:

    huddleston rodney, pullum geoffrey k - a student's introduction
    Hewings Martin. Advanced Grammar In Use With Answers. 3rd edition - 2013
    Susan Thurman - The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need
    A Communicative Grammar of English_Geoffrey Leech, Jan Svartvik_1th edition_1975
    Advanced Grammar in Use_Martin Hewings_1st edition 1999-2000
    Thomson & Martinet -- A practical English Grammar
    Advanced English CAE Grammar Practice (1999)
    Cambridge English Grammar In Use
    Elaine Walker, Steve Elsworth - English Grammar_Practice for Upper Intermediate Students (2000)
    An Introduction to English Morphology: Words and Their Structure Edinburgh University Press Andrew Carstairs - McCarthy
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,878 mod
    edited January 2016
    My goodness, you have read more grammar books than I have.

    May I ask what you are studying? Linguistics?

    I've never heard of the Subjective-with-the-Infinitive Construction. :open_mouth:

    Maybe @Xanthippe can help.

    If it helps, you are using catenative verbs there.
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  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 1,299 ✭✭✭
    Is this sentence correct?: Did you interested in something?
    Can we say "interest in" instead of "interested in"?
  • RdefinerRdefiner Posts: 4
    > @Lynne said:
    > If it helps, you are using catenative verbs there.

    Thank you, it might be helpful=)
    No, don't worry, I haven't read them all till the end)) I just searched for this rule.

    Some say, it's personal/impersonal passive.

    Subjective-smth-construction is a name given by some Russian linguists.

    I'm studying Teaching, but writing a diploma in Linguistics))
  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 0 ✭✭
    Thanks, I´m really bad on present perfect tense haha
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,878 mod
    LindaG said:

    Thanks, I´m really bad on present perfect tense haha

    It's just a matter of practise.
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,878 mod
    Csilla said:

    Is this sentence correct?: Did you interested in something?

    Can we say "interest in" instead of "interested in"?

    You can say, "Were you interested in ..." ...
    If you start with "Did..." you'd have to complete the sentence with "Did you show any interest in something?" Note that it uses "interest in".

    Are you interested in my answer?
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 1,299 ✭✭✭
    @Lynne I was interested in your answer. Thank you! :)
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