Lesson of the day


In these exercises, you need to take the information in the first sentence and re-write it, using the word in bold so that the second sentence has exactly the same meaning. You cannot change the word in bold in ANY way. You can use a minimum of THREE and a maximum of SIX words for each space.

  1. None of the phones were left when we got to the shop.
    the shop, all the phones had been sold.
  2. I didn’t know it was Carl until he took off his hat.
    Only                                                         his hat did I recognise Carl.
  3. Don’t waste your time asking Bryan to come with us.
    It’s                                                                                    to come with us.
  4. Perhaps John heard the story from Pippa.
    Pippa might                                                story.
  5. Until they fire me as manager here, I’ll run the company my way.
    the boss, I’ll run the company my way.
  6. The school’s management are investigating allegations of teacher brutality.
    Allegations of teacher brutality                                             the school’s management.
  7. It’s not possible that you saw Mary last night, she was with us!
    You                                                                                             last night, she was with us!
  8. The beach was fun even though it was too cold.
    too cold, the beach was fun.

Teachers matter !

It ain’t what you do. It’s the way that you do it. That’s what gets results.


1. Which of these elements are features of word stress? (Mark all that apply)

  • Grammar
  • Letters
  • Loudness
  • Length
  • Pitch
  • Number of syllables
  • Prefixes

2. Check all statements that are true:

  • There are different stress levels for “long” words: primary stress, secondary stres, tertiary stress.
  • Word stress will not influence pronunciation.
  • Suffixes do not influence the placement of word stress.
  • Every word of 2 syllables or more will have at least one syllable which is stressed.
  • Word stress placement may vary in certain cases depending on the variety of English (example: British English vs. American English, etc).


Idiom of the Day ” Under the weather”

How do you feel today ? A bit under the weather …

under the weather

1. Mildly ill. “Yeah, I was under the weather last week, but I’m feeling much better now.”
2. Drunk. “Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were really under the weather!”
3. Suffering from a hangover. “We were out celebrating Valerie’s birthday last night—that’s why we’re all under theweather today.”


There is always a different way.  Non “chiediamo ai pesci di arrampicarsi sugli alberi “… lasciamoli nuotare nell’acqua!