“We use relative clauses to give additional information about something without starting another sentence. By combining sentences with a relative clause, your text becomes more fluent and you can avoid repeating certain words.” (http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/relative-clauses)
The man looks tired.
The man is carrying a heavy suitcase.
We can combine these two sentences into one like this:
The man who is carrying a heavy suitcase looks tired.
- Relative clauses – defining relative clauses
- What are defining relative clauses?
- Who – Whose – Whom – That – Which – Where – Grammar and exercise
- Defining relative clauses: 1 2 3
- Quiz: Relative Pronouns- Which & Where
- Quiz: That & What
- Quiz: Relative Pronouns- Omission
This is a beautiful ballad about wishing to keep your childhood memories when you’ve come to be an adult and life sometimes seems to be getting rougher and rougher every day. It’s all about longing for the time when you had lots of dreams and few worries. I’m not especially keen on Madonna, but I love this song.
The song is also a very good example of the verb form “used to” to express past habits or facts. Here you’ve got some links to study.
Last day we learnt that in English there are two different ways of expressing the words of another person: Direct and Indirect Speech. Indirect or Reported Speech is different to Direct Speech because it does not phrase the statement or question in the same way as the original speaker. Direct speech is very simple as the exact words of the original speaker are reported in quotation marks.
|Direct Speech||Reported Speech|
|She said, “You look good in that.”||She said that I looked good in this.|
Funny video: “Office Gossip”
A game to practise comparatives:
Below you can read about the most interesting, funniest or wierdest records in the world. What is your favourite World record?
Modals of obligation presentation by David Manwood:
Modals of possibility and certainty by David Manwood:
This is a very good selection of activities about transport and travel taken from the British Council Learn English. Get around London with Stephen, Alice and Jazz and enjoy the trip!
This is an incredibly complete unit on the uses of the past simple and past continuous forms on BBC Learning English, a great website with loads of resources. In this unit, number 7, of their Lower-intermediate course you can also listen, watch and read about an event in the past century that will keep on people’s minds forever: the sinking of the Titanic (14th April 1912)
These are the links from where I took the questions you asked each other in class last day:
Some other sites that you can use to study and practise more on the present perfect and its uses:
Below you can listen to a beautiful romantic song by James Blunt, which is quite appropriate for the season; you know, lovers’ day is coming! The song is also a good example of the uses of the present perfect and simple past tenses.
I hope you like it, even though it’s sad and melancholic.
You can work on the worksheet I handed out yesterday and then read the lyrics to check the listening task: