martes, 30 de septiembre de 2014



1. With a comparative or more and a verb phrase, establishes a parallel with one or more other such comparatives.

  • The hotter, the better.
  • The more I think about it, the weaker it looks.
  • The more money donated, the more books purchased and the more happy children.
  • It looks weaker and weaker, the more I think about it.
2. With a comparative, and often with for it, indicates a result more like said comparative. This can be negated with none.

  • It was a difficult time, but I’m the wiser for it.
  • It was a difficult time, and I’m none the wiser for it.
  • I'm much the wiser for having had a difficult time like that.

IN BRIEF: That's a standard construction for comparatives: the ... the ...

Each 'the' is followed by a comparative. That example above is the simplest formation and would refer back to something previously said, so many of the words are simply understood. For example, if someone had offered you a piece of cake and wanted to know whether you wanted a big piece or a small piece, you might answer "The bigger (the piece of cake is) the better (I will like it)."

you will also find more complex the... the... sentences:

The longer you wait, the worse it will get.
The more fruit you eat, the healthier you will be.

The less time you waste, the better off you will be.




What are Indirect Questions? (FROM:

Direct questions are the “normal” questions that we can ask to friends, family members, and people who we know well. 

Example of a direct question: “Where’s the bathroom?”

Indirect questions are a little more formal and polite. We use them when talking to a person we don’t know very well, or in professional situations, and their form is a little different.
Example of an indirect question: “Could you tell me where the bathroom is?”

Phrases for Indirect Questions

  • Could you tell me…
  • Do you know…
  • I was wondering…
  • Do you have any idea…
  • I’d like to know…
  • Would it be possible…
  • Is there any chance…

Direct and Indirect Questions in English: Examples

Direct: Where is Market Street?
Indirect: Could you tell me where Market Street is?
In indirect questions with is/are, the verb (is) comes after the subject (Market Street).

Direct What time does the bank open?
Indirect: Do you know what time the bank opens?
In indirect questions, we don’t use the auxiliary verbs do/does/did. Also, you can see that the verb is “open” in the direct question, and “opens” in the indirect question.

Direct: Why did you move to Europe?
Indirect: I was wondering why you moved to Europe.
Again, there is no auxiliary verb did in the indirect question. In fact, this indirect question isn’t even a question – it’s more of a statement that invites the other person to give more information.

Direct: How has he managed to get in shape so quickly?
Indirect: Do you have any idea how he’s managed to get in shape so quickly?
The auxiliary verbs have and has can be used in both the direct and indirect questions – but in the direct question, “has” comes before the subject (he), and in the indirect question, “has” comes after the subject.

Direct: How much does this motorcycle cost?
Indirect: I’d like to know how much this motorcycle costs.
To form the indirect question, remove does and change “cost” to “costs.”

Direct: Can you finish the project by tomorrow?
Indirect: Would it be possible for you to finish the project by tomorrow?
For direct questions with can, we can use the phrase “would it be possible…” to make it indirect.

Direct: Can we change the meeting to Thursday?
Indirect: Is there any chance we could change the meeting to Thursday?
“Is there any chance…” is another option for forming indirect questions with can.

Yes/No Direct Questions –> “If” in Indirect Questions

If the direct question is a “yes or no” question (it has no question word such as what, who, when, where, why, or how), then the indirect question will have if.
Direct: Does Tom like Italian food? Indirect: Do you know if Tom likes Italian food?
Direct: Are your parents joining us for dinner? Indirect: Could you tell me if your parents are joining us for dinner?
Direct: Do they speak English? Indirect: I was wondering if they speak English.
Direct: Has Barbara ever studied abroad? Indirect: Do you have any idea if Barbara’s ever studied abroad?
Direct: Do you plan on traveling this summer? Indirect: I’d like to know if you plan on traveling this summer.

martes, 23 de septiembre de 2014


Practice questions formation using the so called "WH" question words:


miércoles, 17 de septiembre de 2014


Back to school again! Let´s refresh your "rusty English" with some easy on-line exercises.
First let´s try a video listening.You have 6 multiple choice questions to answer.

Now try this exercise on spelling confusing words (homophones)