Wednesday, 26 November 2008
Monday, 24 November 2008
On 20 December 1993 the General Assembly adopted Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women (A/RES/48/104).
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
Saturday, 15 November 2008
A phrasal verb consists of a verb and a preposition or adverb that modifies or changes the meaning; 'give up' is a phrasal verb that means 'stop doing' something, which is very different from 'give'. The word or words that modify a verb in this manner can also go under the name particle. Phrasal verbs are widely used in both written and spoken English.
Phrasal verbs can be divided into different groups:
Intransitive verbs: These don't take an object.
They had an argument, but they've made up now.
Inseparable verbs: The object must come after the particle.
They are looking after their grandchildren.
Separable verbs: With some separable verbs, the object must come between the verb and the particle.
The quality of their work sets them apart from their rivals.
With some separable verbs, the object can before or after the particle, though when a pronoun is used it comes before the particle.
Turn the TV off.Turn off the TV.Turn it off.
Main source: Usingenglish.com
Friday, 14 November 2008
- We use "used to" + the base form of the verb:
Affirmative: I used to go to the park with my friends every day.
Negative: I didn't use to go to the park with my friends every day.
Interrogative: Did you use to go to the park with your friends every day?
- For something that was true but no longer is:
There used to be a theatre in this town but now there isn't.
- We use " be used to" + the present participle of a verb (-ing form):
- To say that something is normal, not unusual:
I am used to living on my own. I've done it for quite a long time.
- We use " get used to" + the present participle of a verb (-ing form):
- To talk about the process of something becoming normal for us.
I have always lived in the country but now I'm beginning to get used to living in the city.
- Exercise 1
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- Exercise 4
- Exercise 5
Source: English Grammar Secrets.
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Finally, Barack Obama could do it, he is the new President-Elect of the United States. Obama will assume office in January 2009.
"I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to – it belongs to you."
Barack Obama, Election Night 2008
Monday, 3 November 2008
The Republican Party has chosen John McCain, the senior United States Senator from Arizona as its nominee; the Democratic Party has chosen Barack Obama, the junior United States Senator from Illinois, as its nominee. The Libertarian Party has nominated former Congressman Bob Barr, the Constitution Party has nominated pastor and radio talk show host Chuck Baldwin, and the Green Party has nominated former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. Ralph Nader declined to seek the Green Party nomination and is running as an independent candidate.
The 2008 election is particularly notable because it is the first time in U.S. history that two sitting senators will run against each other for president, and because it is the first time an African American is a presidential nominee for a major party, as well as the first time both major candidates were born outside the continental United States—Hawaii for Obama and the Panama Canal Zone for McCain. Since the Republican nominee for vice-president is a woman, Governor Sarah Heath Palin, the eventual winning ticket is very likely to be historic, as neither an African American nor a female has achieved either office. In addition, the Republican presidential candidate, John McCain, would be the oldest first-term president and the Democratic nominee for vice-president, Senator Joseph Biden, would be the first Roman Catholic vice president.