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"The Round Table" Discussion Forum

"The Round Table" Discussion Forum

Date: Jul 13 2013

主題: 會話式英文

作者: englishteacher24/7

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This is a lesson series where you can ask your questions on English, culture, technology, and things that are related.  Please feel free to submit your questions and/or comments here.

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Drmahsa1995

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

ur welcome Alston and also thx for the expression  if uhave  more of that plz type it here

06:03 PM Jul 18 2013 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Aria, in the case of a room having only a few people in it, you would have to construct a sentence to express it using a word from the list that Drmahsa has provided.


Drmahsa, thanks for providing the list. “That’s what I’m talking about!” This is an expression that native speakers would use to give an affirmation about something. 

02:41 PM Jul 18 2013 |

Drmahsa1995

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

aria ..here are some opposite words for crowded:insufficient, empty, deficient, spacious, depleted, drained, shy, void, open, short, shortish, bare, incomplete, vacant, uncrowded, blank, wanting, roomy, exhausted, commodious, inadequate, stark, loose, devoid, airy.i found them in one of the sites  but i think they are correct

Drmahsa1995

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

hello i would like to know more expressions  which native speakers use alot

11:47 AM Jul 18 2013 |

aria1989e

aria1989e

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

hello
I really like to know the opposite of crowded.
for example when there is 100 people in one office we call it ceowded office but when it’s not crowded and there is just one or 2 guy in the room I don’t know any word to explain it.
can you help me? 

11:43 AM Jul 18 2013 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

You’re welcome, go for it!

08:55 AM Jul 18 2013 |

wuhao448215087

China

  I will study hard, complement each other. Thank you very much!

08:48 AM Jul 18 2013 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Wuhao, welcome to The Round Table! We find the enthusiasm to do what we want to do. You are going to be competing against your peers in life. Therefore, you will have to possess something that a company or someone will want to pay you for. If you learn English fluently, you will possess a skill to communicate internationally in business or your own private endeavor. 


So, use your foresight and prepare yourself to be able to read, write and speak English fluently. Hopefully, this will motivate you to energize yourself.


You are already on the right road to honestly identify your weaknesses, in time, they will become your strengths!

08:36 AM Jul 18 2013 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Topic No. 3 – Various words and expressions for greetings


Hello Irene, I think your suggestion of various words and expressions for greetings is splendid, therefore, let’s do it! 


Formal: Good morning / Informal: Morning / Slang: What’s up? Whasup?, Sup, Hey.


Formal: Good afternoon / Informal: Good afternoon    


Formal: Good evening / Informal: Good evening    


Formal: Goodbye / Informal: See you later / Slang: Later gator, afterwhile crockerdile, peace out, catch you later, be easy, ta-ta,  catch you on the rebound, I’m outta here.


Formal: Goodnight / Informal: See you later / Slang: Going to cop some zzz’s


Formal:  How do you do? / Informal: What’s the deal /Slang: What’s the deal pickle?  


Formal: Pleased to meet you / Informal: My pleasure


Formal: Dear / Informal: Hello / Slang: Hello love!


At The Round Table you may find answers you wanted to know but didn’t have the opportunity to ask!

07:49 AM Jul 18 2013 |

wuhao448215087

China

Hello dear Alston,I really want to learn English well, but I am very lazy, feel the willpower is not strong. What should I do? Please give me some advice. thank you

03:35 AM Jul 18 2013 |

Irene Forever

Ukraine

Hello dear Alston, I think it would be very interesting for those who study English to get a set of words and expressions on a certain topic, for example, the first one can be “Greetings”. What do you think about it?

05:10 PM Jul 17 2013 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Topic No. 2 – Definite and Indefinite Articles: 


Hello Samand55, welcome to Englishbaby! Your interest in articles is an area of English that can cause confusion for some. I hope I can help give you some assistance in this area.


First, let’s define an article. An article comes before a noun and gives specificity to the noun.  In other words, it focuses attention or emphasizes the noun.  For example, it’s like an announcer introducing a speaker to an audience.


There are two types of articles: Definite and indefinite.


1. Definite article: “The” – This is the only definite article and is used when referring to a specific object. For example,


The food is delicious!”  This statement is referring to a specific meal and does not include all food.


2. Indefinite articles: “A” is used before consonants (non-vowels) words and “an” is used before nouns that are vowels (a,e,i,o,u).  For example:


A bike can be good exercise. (bike is a consonant sound)


An apple is a good source of fiber”  (apple is a vowel sound)


A vowel sound is any word that starts with the letters: a, e, i, o, u. and sometimes y.


Here is an exercise for you:


Locate some English writing (books or the internet) and search for definite and indefinite articles. Highlight or circle them and study how they are in the text.


You will begin to understand how they are used in English.  Hope this helps!
 


08:11 PM Jul 15 2013 |

samand55

samand55

Azerbaijan

Hello dear teacher24/7, I’m beginner in English and newcomer to this site too, my biggest problem in English is Articles especially “The”, actually I don’t know when I should use it before words, in General ,I know how to use “The”, for example:


For unique creatures in nature, the moon, the sun, the sky,...


For historical places and monuments


For seas, rivers, mountains, ...


For plural countries’ noun: the Philippines


For some special places: the supermarket, the bank,…


But my problem isn’t it, I want to know more, please help me!!


08:53 AM Jul 14 2013 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Hello Durnapinar,


Topic No. 1 – Countable and uncountable nouns:


In English there are many rules of grammar, and it seems there are as many exceptions as there are rules.  Therefore, I want to answer your question from a basic sense and not encourage you to spend time to find out every possible rule and its exception.


First, let’s define what a noun is. It is a part of speech (there are 8) that identifies a person, place, or thing. Some of the persons, places, or things can be counted. These are called countable nouns and they can be in a singular or plural (more than one) tense.


Examples of countable nouns:


Student: Are you a student of English? or There are many students enrolled in my school. (Person)


City: Do you like living in the city? or How many cities are there in the State of California? (Place)


Table: Please have a seat at the round table; or Do you think we have enough tables? (Thing)


In the examples, you can see countable nouns that are in the singular and plural tenses.


Uncountable nouns: These are nouns that cannot be counted and describe things that are ideas, concepts, substances, etc.  They are in the singular tense.


Examples of uncountable nouns:


I enjoy eating rice.


You cannot count rice, if you ate 10 grains or a bowl of rice, it would be the same word, therefore, rice means rice, not rices.


Your information is good. 


You cannot make information plural. If there is more than one source of information, it is still information, not informations.


I love to listen to music.


You cannot make music plural. If you listened to 3 musicians, you would not say I listened to musics. You would say: “I listened to their music.” However, it would still be in the singular tense.


This explanation is in simplistic terms, there is more to it than this. I hope this will help you to understand the difference between countable and uncountable nouns.


Please feel free to ask as many questions as you like.

07:34 AM Jul 14 2013 |

durnapinar

durnapinar

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

countable and uncountable nouns

11:56 PM Jul 13 2013 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

Discussion Topic No. 1: What part of English appears to be the most difficult for you?

09:40 PM Jul 13 2013 |

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