Grammar

Knowing and visiting.

A teacher who lives in Uruguay knows me very well. I call him my Uncle Jon and the guy who lives with me says he’s his brother. I’ve known him a long time. He’s coming to visit me. If you want to go to see a person or a place, in English you will usually…

About Flash

Getting to know me.

Have we met? What do you know about cats? Will you visit me soon? Do you know the guy who lives with me. I can get to know you better between my naps….. For Spanish-speaking English students, the word “conocer” is often translated as “to know”. While that’s a correct translation, English speakers don’t use…

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Boxes are better than bags.

English is a stressed language. In some cases, where you put the stress in a word changes the entire meaning of the sentence. RE-fuse means garbage. Re-FUSE means you won’t do or take something. Same word, different emphasis on syllables-entirely different meanings. Refuse should always be put in black bags. I would always refuse to…

The assistant grammar cat. A beautiful ginger girl.
Assistant Grammar Cat

Standing in and out.

I did stand up to Flash the other day. Remember that I stand in for him any time he takes a day off and sleeps. Those posts stand out because they don’t happen that often. I think Flash is lazy sometimes, that’s why I have to stand in so our students don’t get stood up…

Sleeping

Comfortable cats.

Here’s some reading practice. Most of the reading on this blog will have something to do with cats. This article was from a few years ago. I don’t have any complaints about the cat furniture in our place. I use the regular furniture. Vocabulary: ‘fussy or fussiest’, ‘eyesore’, ‘craft’ and ‘craftsman’ and ‘comprise’. A special…

Expressions

Stroke the cat.

Isn’t this a nice cat? You pet the cat. You petted the cat. Passive-The cat is getting petted. The cat is being petted. I know in some places you might hear that the cat is being stroked. In some other places, this might sound unusual. Stick with the verb ‘pet’. Remember, your cat is also…

Vocabulary

Cats doing damage.

Some people say their cats are always breaking things. I’m a good cat and I don’t push things off shelves or tables. In fact, the guy I live with is much more careless than I am (careless means “not careful” ). If your cat does damage things, it’s your fault for leaving things out for…

Phrasal Verbs

Snow in Seattle

It snowed here yesterday. Or maybe it was the day before. I was asleep. The city is covered with a ‘blanket’ of snow. It doesn’t snow here very often. In places that get snow frequently, they have special trucks called ‘snowplows’ that clear the streets so that cars can drive and people can go out…