Monday, May 31, 2010

Present Perfect Tense + Past Tense

I have known Ali for a very long time - we have been friends since our first day at school, thirty two years ago. He came around to see me last night to ask for my advice.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


How do you start your conversation?

Start with;


What do you want?
Who is important?
When the event is taking place?
Where do you begin?
Why do you make such a fuss?
How do you know?

Friday, January 1, 2010

I have been waiting for you

Present Perfect Continuous Tense

Subject + have/has + verb + ing

We have been discussing the problem since last year.
He has been complaining about the poor service for the past few days.

Friday, November 20, 2009

What's wrong?

You don't say
I am not understand
you say
I don't understand
I didn't understand

am/were/is/was mean adalah

I am a teacher
Saya adalah seorang guru

You cannot say

I am teach English
you say
I teach English

I thought you were asleep

I thought you were asleep.
I fikir awak tidur.

thought= past tense of think (verb)
were = verb to be for past tense
asleep = adjectve (kata sifat)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

I like swimming

Gerund = VERB + ING

Gerund can be a subject (perkara)

Swimming is my hobby.

Gerund can be an object (objek)

I like swimming

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Road To Heaven

Remember singular (one) and plural (more than one).

One road.
Two roads.
One way.
Two ways.
One of the ways to combat inflation is to spend less.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Its Colour

Its : possessive pronoun
I like its colour

All the common contractions with subject it are really grammar markings:

it's [meaning 'it is'] Progressive or Passive
[meaning 'it has'] Perfect
it'd [meaning 'it would'] Conditional
[meaning 'it had'] Pluperfect
it'll [meaning 'it will'] Future

It's nice to see you.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Yesterday When I was Young

Yesterday when I was young
I was happy
I did not think of sorrow of tomorrow
Everything was beautiful in my eyes
I enjoyed every moment of my childhood
I used to laugh
I used to cry
that yesterday had gone forever
if that clock could be turned backward
I would be forever young

I have an Idea

I have an idea.
You have your way.
He has the choice.
She has a new bracelet.
It has a long tail.
We have the solution.
You have the option.
They have a new building.

Have to show possession.

Monday, October 5, 2009

I have had my dinner.

For present perfect tense the formula you use is SUBJECT + HAVE/HAS + PAST PARTCIPLE. Example; I have had my dinner. The subject is I + have + had (past participle). For past perfect tense the formula is SUJECT + HAD + PAST PARTICIPLE. Example I had had my dinner. The subject is I + had + had (past participle).

Present Perfect:
I have taken my dinner.
I have had my dinner.
Mimi has moved to London.

Past Perfect:
I had taken my dinner.
I had had my dinner.

Friday, October 2, 2009

I did talk to him yesterday

You can use auxiliary verb (did) to show past action. I did talk to him yesterday. When you use normal past tense you say " I talked to him yesterday".

Thursday, October 1, 2009

I am Positive

I am positive. am is a verb. positive is an adjective (kata sifat). Life (kehidupan) is real (nyata). He is an adventurous (suka kembara) type. She is a gutsy (yang berani) lady. We are happy with the flexible (tidak keras) curriculum. Lisa is very open-minded (sikap terbuka)about what her daughter does in the evenings. He needs a capable and responsible (bertanggungjawab) staff.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

I always introduce my English Communication Skills Program with Pronouns. Pronouns replace nouns. They are I (saya), You (Awak), He (Dia (L), She (Dia (P), It (Ia (animal or thing), We (kita), You (kamu (plural), They (Mereka).

The verbs to be for present tense are:

I am
You are
He is
She is
It is
We are
You are
They are

The translation for verb to be am/are/is in Bahasa is ialah/adalah

I am a communication consultant.
Saya adalah seorang perunding komunikasi.

The verbs to be for past tense are:

I was
You were
He was
She was
It was
We were
You were
They were

The translation for verb to be was/were/in Bahasa is ialah/adalah

I was an engineer before.
Saya adalah seorang jurutera sebelum ini.

This is a book.
It is a motivational book.

Always remember every English sentence must have at least one verb.

Is/am/are/was/were are non-action verbs.
You cannot say "I a student", wrong, you must say "I am a student."

You cannot say "It a cat", wrong, you must say "It is a cat."

Now we go to 'verb conjugation" for each pronoun in present tense:

I talk
You Talk
He talks
She talks
It talks
We talk
You talk
They talk

Just observe for pronoun he, she and it you have to add s at the end of the verb.
You add es at the end of the word such as go and do.

The conjugation of the word do which acts as auxiliary verbs are as follows;

I do
You do
He does
She does
It does
We do
You do
They do

For auxiliary verb do means memang

He does understand the lesson
Dia memang faham pelajaran itu

After auxiliray verb do/does you use main verb (the base form), you cannot say "He doesn't understands the lesson" wrong, you say "He doesn't understand the lesson."
You cannot say "He does understands the lesson" you say "He does understand the lesson" or if you use do as the main verb you say "He understands the lesson."

You say "It does work" or "It works".

Now just observe all verbs (in bold letters)in the following passage:

Ali is a driver. He drives his taxi every day. He works from dawn to dusk. He doesn't work at night.