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Reporting

Sometimes we need to report what other people said, for example phone conversations, news, messages, etc.

This involves quite a few changes depending on the type of sentence. Look at this example:

reported_speach

One of the main changes are verb tenses which should change as shown here:

tab_reported

However, there are other changes that take place in the sentence as well:

reported speech ptc

Watch this video and pay attention to the characters reporting the situations:

Try some exercises using these:

http://www.englishexercises.org/makeagame/viewgame.asp?id=6814

http://www.englishexercises.org/makeagame/viewgame.asp?id=162

http://www.englishexercises.org/makeagame/viewgame.asp?id=3764

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Technology

Technological gadgets are everywhere and they have made our life easier in many ways. See if you can identify some of these icons:

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Try to complete the following with vowels:

PS  c_ntr_ll_r

d_skt_p  c_mp_t_r

pr_nt_r

c_m_r_

c_mp_ct  d_sk

_SB  fl_shdr_v_

l_pt_p   c_mp_t_r

c_ll  ph_n_

m_cr_ph_n_

h_ _ dph _n_s

w_bc_m

m _ _ s _

_P_d

d_sk_tt_

Try to answer these four questions:

  • Which one is your favourite? why?
  • When do you use it?
  • What advantages has it brought to your life?
  • Were there any disadvantages?

Among all the gadgets, cell phones seem to be youngsters’ favourite one. Why is that so?

Cell-Phone

Some people say they distract students and as a result their performance at school is negatively affected.

Watch this short animation on the subject:

Now try to complete a quiz on the language used when using a phone:

Try these links:

http://www.englishclub.com/speaking/telephone.htm

http://www.englishclub.com/speaking/telephone_quiz.htm

http://www.englishexercises.org/makeagame/viewgame.asp?id=4976