Ex: We flew direct to Vietnam
We flew directly to Vietnam
The first sentence is short for:
"We flew the direct route to Vietnam" where it is an adjective, and so in the shortened sentence, seems to be an adverb.
2) My teacher said that this sentence is wrong:" While Mrs Brown watered the tree, her dog played around" and replace it by" While Mrs Brown was watering the tree, her dog was playing around" because the past continuous set a background for a story while past simple cannot. IS it true?
If you are correct, then what would be your next sentence following on from that?
3) Joanne ____ in French where she________ a job as a secrectary. At the moment, she is studying in Oxford
I filled those: came/ had
My teacher told me I was wrong and corrected: comes/ has
and say: "You cannot put the two tense in one sentence according to the parallel structure"
But I think again:" How about this sentence: she comes from Japan where she used to be a teacher?"
Who do you think was right?
The sentences could be:
Joanne comes from France where she had a job as a secrectary. At the moment, she is studying in Oxford.
Joanne comes from France where she has a job as a secrectary. At the moment, she is studying in Oxford.
'comes from' has the meaning, 'was born in', and not to 'travelling' from France.
use 'has' if she is still employed in her job and just over at Oxford doing a course, possibly at the request of her company.
use 'had' if she resigned her job to take the course at Oxford.
4) There are 2 cars parked outside. ____ yellow and _____ red one.
My teacher filled in the blank : the/ the on the ground that the two car were determined already.
But I think hers are so awkward. I think there should be a/ a because we just name them out. However, my teacher stuck to her gun.
Who do you think is right?
If the only reference to the cars is the first sentence you give, then 'a' should be used both times, so, you are.
5) and can we say:'John runs a business at the moment' instead of 'John is running a business at the moment'?
Yes - depending on the meaning you wish to convey:
John runs a business at the moment, though he is thinking of going back to University.
John is running a business at the moment, so I doubt if he would have time in the foreseeable future to work on your project.