Verbes auxiliaires

11th Sep 2020

For questions we generally use the aux verb ‘do’. Also with who, what, how many etc.

When answering Wh- Questions we cannot reply with „yes“ or „no“. 


When we are asking a question to find out who or what was the object of a situation we use the auxillary verb DO.


Information sentence

Question sentence

Kate spoke to somebody.

Somebody is the object of the sentence.

Who did Kate speak to?

We use the auxilary verb (do) in the past tense.

When we are asking a question to find out who or what was the subject of a situation we do not use the auxillary verb do.


Information sentence

Question sentence

Somebody spoke to Kate.

somebody is the subject.

Who spoke to Kate?

Note, We do not use the auxilary verb DO.

Who does want something to drink? incorrect

Who wants something to drink? correct

Who is the subject


How many people did go skiing with you? incorrect

How many people went skiing with you? correct

People is the subject


Which train does go to London? incorrect

Which train goes to London? correct


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So and such

30th Aug 2020

So and such

So and such (a/an) mean `very`, 'extremely'.

That was so kind of you!

I've had such a nice time.

We use so and such (a/an) to talk about cause and effects : He was so late that he missed the beginning of the exam. She gave such a good performance that she won an Oscar.


So + adjective or adverb (+ that):


* He was so nervous before the exam that he couldn't sleep at all.

* That remark was just so silly!

* He cooks so well that I think he'll win the competition.


Such + adjective + uncountable noun / plural noun (+that)


* She tells such good jokes.

* Switzerland has such spectacular scenery that we always choose it for our holidays.


So + much/many/few/little + noun (+that)


* We had so little money left at the end of our holiday that we had to sleep on a bench in the station.

Jane makes so many mistakes when she's speaking!


Such a/an + adjective + singular countable noun (+that) ; such a lot of...

* Why did you come in such an old pair of jeans?

* It was such a beautiful day that we decided to go for a picnic.

* Edita's got such a lot of friends that the telephone never stops ringing.


We also use such (+ noun) to mean 'of a similar type': When children commit crimes, adults are often shocked. Fortunately such behaviour is not as common as newspapers make us believe.

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Avez-vous vos plans prêts pour cet été?

6th Jul 2020

Si vous ne l'avez pas déjà fait, pourquoi ne pas améliorer votre anglais entre les barbecues et les pique-niques?

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Travel, journey, trip and way

24th Jun 2020

*A trip is a journey in which you visit a place for a short time and come back again.

*"Way" refers only to the route that you take to get from one place to another.

*The noun "travel" is a general word which means the activity of travelling.

*Use "journey" to talk about when you travel from one place to another.

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