Sunday, 18 October 2015

a + gerund

Today we focused on the word  'a training' which in fact does not exist in English in this form. None of the ' a + gerund' forms exist; much to the despair of my French speaking students who were convinced it was an English term. So just to set the record straight:

'a training' is a training course
'a jogging' is a tracksuit
'a parking' is a car park or a parking place
'a smoking' is a dinner jacket or tuxedo

Can you add any more?

Sunday, 11 October 2015

What're yer gonna do?

Here is the feedback from today's session. There were an number of points about the use of tenses; past, present and future.

One hot tip to take away from today is that you shouldn't use 'will' for talking about future plans.
Use the 'going to' form instead. Many songs use the shortened form 'gonna';  heavily influenced by our friends across the big pond - the dear Americans.

What are your plans for this week?