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“John and I” or “John and me”?

John and ‘I’ or John and ‘me’?

 

Should I use ‘I’ or ‘me’? This is a question many people ask when they have to include themselves into a sentence. Well here’s a trick:

According to Oxford Dictionaries, you should use ‘I’ when the pronoun is the subject of a verb:

 

‘John, Mary and I are going to have a coffee.’ (NOT: John, Mary and me are going to the cinema)

 

But use ‘me’ when the pronoun is the object of a verb:

 

‘After the cinema, Mary followed John and me home.’ (NOT: Mary followed John and I home.)

 

In other words, generally speaking, use I when it is BEFORE a verb and me when it is AFTER a verb.

 

To see more sentence examples with other pronouns or try some exercises, visit http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/i-or-me

Bizarre is confused

For those of you who are not so well versed in the comic world…

There is a villain known as Bizarre (since the original is in English).

Say hi, Bizarre!

Bizarro

However, here comes the problem. He received this extravagant name because he’s supposed to be the bizarre opposite of Superman and dictionaries agree, as we can see: markedly  unusual   in   appearance,   style,   or   general   character   and   often  involving   incongruous   or   unexpected   elements;   outrageously   or  whimsically   strange;   odd.
Even in French, Bizarre is more or less happy with his name, since he is still weird and odd (not as much as in English, though).
And then, we have Bizarro in Spanish, where he suddenly becomes brave and splendid, and consequently, confused…
Bizarro has become one of those words, like eventualmente, that ends up being mistranslated into Spanish. It’s not so weird to hear these sorts of things:
¡Qué película tan bizarra! Qué situación más bizarra!
 And of course, Bizarre gets confused…
According to the RAE bizarro has the following entry:

(De it. bizzarro, iracundo).

 

1. adj. valiente (‖ esforzado).

2. adj. Generoso, lucido, espléndido.

So, imagine how bizarre it is for a situation or a movie to suddenly become brave :)

 

Be careful. Next time you misuse it, Bizarre will come back for you! (either bravely or weirdly)

If I were you or If I was you?

Which one is correct – if I were you or if I was you?

The word were in the phrase if I were you is special form. It is known as the subjunctive mood (from the grammatical point of view).

Today you also find the phrase if I was you. Here Simple Past form of be is used. But there are people who say that this phrase is incorrect and would never use it (mainly Americans). Others say that this phrase can be used.

  • If I were you I would phone him. → subjunctive mood
  • If I was you I would phone him. → Simple Past.

The following song by the group Beirut uses the second form, which would be considered incorrected by Americans. Let’s just think of poetic license. Check out the lyrics by clicking on the following link:

And now, enjoy the music video …

 

 

10 Adivinanzas para aprender inglés jugando

Las adivinanzas o riddles permiten pasar muy buenos momentos con los niños, quienes al esforzarse por hallar las respuestas estimulan su inteligencia y creatividad. Además, constituyen una divertida manera de aprender inglés jugando. Si queréis que los niños/as practiquen la pronunciación, incorporen vocabulario en inglés y se lo pasen genial  os facilitamos 10 adivinanzas en inglés. Disfrutarlas!

 

Adivinanza del fuego (fire)

You feed it, it lives,

you give it something to drink,

it dies.

Adivinanza del padre (father)

I am you uncle´s brother,

but I am not your uncle.

Adivinanza del pelo (hair)

It is on your head

and under your hat.

What is it?



Adivinanza del sol (sun)

It is round and yellow,

it is like a ball of fire,

it rises in the east,

it sets in the west.

What is it?

Adivinanza del huevo (egg)

A box without hinges, key or lid.

Yet golden treasure inside is hid.

Adivinanza del reloj (clock)

My hands are black,

My face is pale.

My head is hanging on a nail.

What am I?

Adivinanza del tiempo (time)

I can fly but I haven’t got wings.
What am I?

Adivinanza de la lluvia (rain)

I always come down,
But never go up.
What am I?

Adivinanza del dedo (finger)

Tall and thin,
Red within,
Nail on top,
And there it stops.
What is it?

Adivinanza de la conjunción y (and)

I am between mountain and valley.

 

Mas adivinanzas en nuestro board de Pinterest:

 http://pinterest.com/binaurality/games-binaurality/

 

 

Aprende Inglés durante el Fin de Semana

 

Aprende Inglés mientras te diviertes durante el Fin de Semana 
 
Finalmente, ya es viernes, se acerca el fin de semana. Debéis haber estado toda la semana trabajando o con vuestras obligaciones, e intentando compaginarlo con aprender un idioma.  Y ahora que llega el fin de semana, os gustaría dar un repaso o aprender nuevos contenidos, pero no os apetece ni tocar un libro de gramática ni nada demasiado tedioso.  Así que hoy, os mostraré una alternativa para que podáis disfrutar de vuestro merecido fin de semana aprendiendo inglés de forma muy divertida con Duolingo.

Learn English during the weekend while having fun
 
Finally, it’s Friday, is about to start the weekend. You must have been working all week or with your own responsabilities, and trying to combine it with learning a language. And now the weekend is coming, and you would like to brush up or learn new content, but you do not even want to touch a grammar book or anything so tedious. So today, I will show you up an alternative so you can enjoy your well-deserved weekend learning English in a funny way with Duolingo.

 
 

 
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