domingo, 17 de janeiro de 2010

Simple Present Tense

What's up Flabbergasting English followers,

I have been thinking about a lot lately: Naming, Grammar, Usages so forth. The first thing that came up to my mind was SIMPLE PRESENT. It is usually the first grammar topic ever taught by teacher in much of the world. Nevertheless, it is a little bit more confusing than it is shown as.

Firstly, the name SIMPLE PRESENT or, in British English, PRESENT SIMPLE, leads the learner into a path that should not be taken: the learner believes SIMPLE PRESENT talks about the present events. If you believe so, you are doomed to failure when it comes to its usage.

SIMPLE PRESENT mean ROUTINE, DAILY ACTIVITIES or merely HUMDRUM. That is, we use this tense in order to talk about something that normaly happens.


Julia has lunch at noon everyday. Julia doesn't have dinner at 11:00am everyday.
I have dinner at 7:00pm everyday. I don't have dinner at 6:00pm everyday.

Those words above in bold are the auxiliary verbs, DO and DOES and their respective negative forms DON'T and DOESN'T.

Rodrigo Pelegrini Honorato
ESL Teacher

quinta-feira, 7 de janeiro de 2010

What American Accent do you have?

What's up Flabbergasting English followers,

I have been chatting with my friend Bill from New York and he came up with this great idea. What American accent do you have? He sent me website in which you are able to check up on your accent. All you have to do is to copy and paste the link below on the browser and answer the quiz.

The picture above is my result. Hope y'all have fun as you're testing your accent

Rodrigo Pelegrini Honorato
ESL Teacher

quarta-feira, 6 de janeiro de 2010

Emphasizing with Auxiliary Verbs

Welcome Back to Flabbergasting English Blog.

Firstly, I would very much like to wish y'all a great year full of happiness and resolutions. For those who forgot, resolutions are those promises we make for the year such as: I promise I won't eat junkie food and I will start working out at the gym near my house, so forth.

AUXILIARY VERBS have been used by English speakers since the language turned out to be spoken. However, they have undergone some turbulences lately and have been seen as different kinds of verbs. Those are used also as an emphasizer of actions in positive sentences. It does not matter the verb tense.


i.e: "I love you". This sentence can be emphasized by adding the word "really" to it = "I really love you." So far so good, but where can I use the auxiliary verb?

As we already know, the sentence in vogue is in Simple Present, thus the auxiliaries are "do" or "does" , according to the personal pronoun (person). For the person "I" it is used the auxiliary "do". So as to emphasize it, all you have to do is to put "do" in-between the person and the verb just like this: I DO LOVE YOU

I missed you around last night.
I did miss you around last night.

She hates bitter chocolate.
She does hate bitter chocolate.

Be honest!
Do be honest! (Different this one, isn't it?)

Yeah, that's it for today! Hope y'all enjoy it and DO use it!

Rodrigo Pelegrini Honorato
ESL Teacher