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    Writing topic-help my friend with English

    This is my diary. Please check it and correct any mistakes.

    Last week, my friend asked me to teach her English because she can't communicate with English speakers at workplace. At first, I thought it wouldn't be difficult because her English is elementary. I used to teach my brother when he studied at primary school and I thought I managed to do that. However, when I started to plan the class, I didn't know where to start. Teaching without textbooks was more challenging than I thought. Therefore, I asked her to write a paragraph and discussed her mistakes. She told me that she actually took some English courses a few years ago but it didn't help. I was worried that I might teach her wrong grammar so I still suggested she should take those English courses after she has a clearer understanding of basic grammar. Teaching others is definitely harder than learning. This is an opportunity for me to review my grammar books that I rarely touched in recent years.
    If I make any mistakes in English, please let me know!

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    Re: Writing topic-help my friend with English

    Quote Originally Posted by Maybo View Post
    This is my diary. Please check it and correct any mistakes.

    Last week, my friend asked me to teach her English because she can't communicate with English speakers at her workplace. At first, I thought it wouldn't be difficult because her English level is elementary. I used to teach my brother when he studied at primary school and I thought I managed to do that. However, when I started to plan the class lesson, I didn't know where to start. Teaching without textbooks was more challenging than I thought. Therefore, I asked her to write a paragraph and discussed her mistakes. She told me that she actually took some English courses a few years ago but it didn't help. I was worried that I might teach her wrong grammar so I still suggested she should take took those some English courses after she has had a clearer understanding of basic grammar. Teaching others is definitely harder than learning. This is an opportunity for me to review refer to my grammar books that I rarely touched in recent years.
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    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: Writing topic-help my friend with English

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    I was worried that I might teach her wrong grammar so I still suggested she should take took those some English courses after she has had a clearer understanding of basic grammar.
    I have a question about the usage of "suggest". When we use "suggest", shouldn't we use a base verb in the that clause?
    Last edited by Maybo; 16-Apr-2021 at 09:10.
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    Re: Writing topic-help my friend with English

    Quote Originally Posted by Maybo View Post
    I have a question about the usage of "suggest". When we use "suggest", shouldn't we use a base verb in the that clause?
    Or do you mean "take" should be in the base form of the verb after "suggested"? Yes, you are right that "take" should be in the base form, being in the subjunctive mood.
    Your "should take" is also not correct.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: Writing topic-help my friend with English

    Quote Originally Posted by Maybo View Post
    I still suggested she should take those English courses
    While purists would use take, both took and should take are common in BrE.

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