English Lesson & Quiz: Using Too

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It’s pretty cold here in New York today. For me, it’s too cold. And it’s raining, which I guess is better than snow. Last winter there was too much snow, and too many snow storms. Because we had a cold winter last year, the snow melted too slowly. So far this winter it has only snowed once. I love the warmer weather, but spring is too far away. There is too much time between now and the warm days of spring in New York. We use too to talk about situations where there is more (or sometimes less) of something than what we want or need. Do you know how to use this word? Have a look at the paragraph above and then check out today’s lesson. We use too to show that there is more (or sometimes less) of something than what we want or need. If you use too, it shows that you are not satisfied about that situation, so too is often used when we complain. There are three patterns that you’ll need to memorize, so let’s look at these patterns and some examples: Pattern #1. Use too + adjective. Too works like very – it makes …

English Lesson & Quiz: The Passive Voice

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New York City is known as the Big Apple. Many people have discussed when and how the city got this nickname, but few people talk about the fruit itself – apples. A lot of apples are grown in the state of New York. Next to Washington, New York is the largest producer of apples in the USA. New York’s apples are enjoyed by many people across the country.  Speaking of big things, do you know the Empire State Building? Now the tallest building in New York City, this landmark was built in 1931. Today, let’s look at using the passive voice. Do you know how to use this grammar? Have a look at the paragraph above and then check out today’s lesson. The passive voice is formed using the be verb + past participle (PP). Here are some examples: Apples are grown in the state of New York. New York’s apples are enjoyed by many people across the country. The Empire State Building was completed in 1931. We use the passive voice when we talk about a process. The passive voice focuses on the outcome of the process, not who performed the process. Look at these examples: Apples are grown …

English Lesson & Quiz: Prepositions of Time (In, At, On)

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I usually get up at 6:30. If I don’t, I can count on Happy to wake me up. She likes to go for a walk in the morning. The weather was mild on Monday, so we had a nice, long walk through the park. She also likes to go out at night, too. In the winter, it is dark and cold at night, so it’s not my favorite season to walk her. Ever since I’ve had Happy, I haven’t been able to sleep late on the weekends. She usually wakes me up at 7:00 or 7:30. I wonder how she knows what time it is… We use at, in, and on when we talk about time. Do you know how to use this grammar? Have a look at the paragraph above and then check out today’s lesson:  We use at before clock time: I usually get up at 6:30. Class begins at 9:00 every day. We use in before a year or month, or longer periods of time: Happy was born in 1999. It’s usually very cold in NYC in January. The Beatles were very popular in the 1960’s. Most of the high-tech gear we have now was invented in …