Assistant Grammar Cat

Question words, part 2.

Remember, you will also hear humans ask confirming questions. “You do like pizza, don’t you?” This is a way of checking with someone if they like something, or if a situation is OK. Sometimes, people see this as “leading question”, which means they’re pretty sure you like something or are OK with it. Again: “You…

Assistant Grammar Cat

Question words.

Flash asked me if i wanted to do a lesson this week. As usual, he gave me no ideas, so I thought I would review forming a question. For those of you taking standard English tests, this is an important thing to remember. Always start a question with a question word: What, How, Who, Where,…

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Though, Although, and Tho’.

Although I’m a cat, I can teach English. I’m a cat, though that does not stop me from teaching English. I like teaching English even though it interferes with my sleep. I like teaching English although it interferes with my sleep. “Though” and “Although” are called conjuctions. In this case, they help you join two…

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Irregular Plurals.

English has so many irregulars. There are irregular verbs, of course, but remember that not every plural noun ends in “s” or “es”. Only humans could create this. Children (Child). Teeth (Tooth). Leaves (Leaf). Feet (Foot), Person (People, but even here there are exceptions to the exception). Geese (Goose). Mice (Mouse). There are no mice…

Expressions

It’s hot.

We’re having a heat wave here in Seattle. That means the weather is hotter than normal. The temperature today was about 100 degress Fahrenheit, that’s 37 degrees Celsius. I don’t know why humans need so many ways to tell themselves it’s hot. Remember, in English we always say “it’s x degrees”. Sometimes you’ll here people…

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No?

English has many ways to say “no”. “Let’s go outside. “No way! It’s raining”. “Would you like some dessert? Are you kidding? But thank you.” “Flash, do you want to go to the vet?” “By no means!” “Will you join us at the movies later”? “I’ll pass this time”. “Do you like cheese?” “Nope”. I…

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Let’s meet up and talk about meeting.

The word “meeting” in English can be tricky. The dictionary will tell you it’s when two or more people get together. The reality is that English speakers use it to describe a business or work setting. They will rarely say, “I’m having a meeting at my house with some friends”, unless there’s some kind of…

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Conditionals.

We know conditionals are a big source of confusion and frustration for many English learners. Jon and Kirsten are helping me help you. I asked them to do a series on conditionals. They’re working so I can take a nap.