Today we have some listening practice on the Present Perfect. As a speaker of British English, I use this form slightly differently from some speakers of American English.
Thank you to the hundreds upon hundreds of you who sent me condolences on the death of my father. I am deeply touched.
Thank you to the many people around the world who have sent me such nice messages about my father. He continues to be in a coma.
Today's lesson is about the Second Conditional
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As I write my 94 year old father is having a minor operation. It is only for a gallstone but, as I am sure you are aware, any procedure under anaesthetic/anesthetic carries a risk at his age. Keep your fingers crossed.
I got a very good and positive response to the multi-word exercises I sent out on Saturday. So here are a few more to help you start the week as you mean to go on ;-)
As usual, these will not work on all phones and tablets.
It was a terrible weekend here. Lots of thunder and heavy rain. At least it was warm and we had no power cuts.
I have a new lesson on TOO. You can find it here
It works on most computers but not on all phones and tablets. I should have an exercise which does work on phones and tablets available tomorrow.
I wasn't expecting to send out a new exercise so soon but there was a minor communication problem and I feel I should correct it. I wrote yesterday that my father has gone. He was staying with me but now has returned to his own home. Some people have interpreted this to means he has died and have sent me messages of condolence. This is not the case. He is extremely well. But thank you anyway for the well-meant messages of sympathy.
Another problem I had yesterday was that my cat sat on my keyboard just before I sent my message. He managed to enter some extra S's into my message. I think he was trying to write SOS as he thinks I don't feed him enough :-)
Have a nice day.
Today's exercises give more practice in the Past Simple.
I haven't been around much recently because my father is now terribly ill. Two weeks ago he was fine but now he has been n a deep sleep for several days and will not wake up again. It has all been very pain-free and peaceful.
I have a listening exercise for you, giving examples of IF sentences.
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My son had a fantastic time in Nepal a few years ago. He didn't quite make it to Everest base camp because of altitude sickness but he climbed a peak next to Everest. He was treated with great kindness wherever he went. My heart goes out to that country at this time.
I have some more multi-word verbs for you today. You can find the exercises here
Once again; these will not work on many tablets and smartphones. I am still working on this.
Many people liked my story about my cat Enzo. His brother is not quite so adventurous.
I came down yesterday morning to my kitchen. In the middle of my table was a big fat rat. I looked at the rat, it looked back at me. I didn't have a clue what to do. Then Tigger walked into the room. He stared at the rat, the rat stared back at him. Then the rat ran away and Tigger didn't even move. He is a very sweet cat but very timorous.
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