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    #1

    hi!!!

    Hi,
    what is the best choice:
    Hardly………the receiver down than there was a knock at the door
    a-had I put down

    b-I put down
    c- put I down
    d-had I down

    10-Words that differ by only one morpheme are called……….
    a-nominal pairs
    b-almost pairs
    c-minimal pairs
    d-none of the above



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    #2

    Re: hi!!!

    Hello wissmayes!
    You first! We need to get you to think on your own! Come on, give us your best shot! ;)

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    #3

    Re: hi!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by wissmayes View Post
    Hi,
    what is the best choice:
    Hardly………the receiver down than there was a knock at the door
    a-had I put down
    b-I put down
    c- put I down
    d-had I down
    I think it's:b

    10-Words that differ by only one morpheme are called……….
    a-nominal pairs
    b-almost pairs
    c-minimal pairs
    d-none of the above
    I think it's d
    what do you think?
    Thank you foryour reply....

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    #4

    Re: hi!!!

    for the first it's B but with the repetition of down... I would have said "hardly i had to put the receiver down..."

    but I don't know even if I'm talking to someone... or if it's just an automatic message. :D


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    #5

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    Quote Originally Posted by PartigianoJohnny View Post
    for the first it's B but with the repetition of down... I would have said "hardly i had to put the receiver down..."

    but I don't know even if I'm talking to someone... or if it's just an automatic message. :D
    I'd say Hardly had I put the receiver down that (or when) there was a knock at the door.

    But you'd better wait for someone more expert than me.
    Last edited by Englishlanguage; 10-Jun-2007 at 00:21.

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    #6

    Re: hi!!!

    You're right... my mistake!
    I think I'm really a newbie but I have a doubt... when a sentence starts with an adverb must I put in the second position the verb and just then the subject (like in german)?


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    #7

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    Quote Originally Posted by PartigianoJohnny View Post
    You're right... my mistake!
    I think I'm really a newbie but I have a doubt... when a sentence starts with an adverb must I put in the second position the verb and just then the subject (like in german)?
    Well, not always. There are some particular adverbs/expressions which allow this kind of construction. Be advised it is quite a literary style. Sometimes it may be inadequate.
    I'll give you some example that come to my mind:
    Had I known he was not at home, I would never have taken the train. (If I had known he was not at home....)
    Only after a year did I realize I was wrong.
    On no account must this door be opened.
    A native speaker will give you a better explanation.


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    #8

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    Quote Originally Posted by PartigianoJohnny View Post
    I think I'm really a newbie
    It's not such a long time I've become a junior member. (I think it was 4 or 5 post ago)
    However don't be afraid of posting. Remember you'll always learn by your mistakes (sbagliando si impara...)
    Last edited by Englishlanguage; 10-Jun-2007 at 11:06.

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    #9

    Re: hi!!!

    I have another question.
    I attend university and in an english positioning test they put me at an high level but... I feel not abreast of this result. (maybe grammar and vocabulary are not my biggest problem but without speaking...)
    I have never been in england... so I spoke english only with germans/french in summer. Can you suggest me some way to improve my knowledge?

    PS: How does it work the fact of becoming a junior member? Is it only a matter of time or of number of posts?


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    #10

    Re: hi!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by PartigianoJohnny View Post
    PS: How does it work the fact of becoming a junior member? Is it only a matter of time or of number of posts?
    Yes, when you reach 35 posts (I've just checked), you become a junior member.
    You can take a look at https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/f...l&titlesonly=0

    As for your first question, I'm sorry but I can't give you an advice. I'm younger than you and I'm not at the university yet. My English is not so bad just because I've lived in the US for some years.
    I can only tell you what I do to improve my English.
    In order to improve your listening skills, you should listen to BBC/FOX news or any sort of English language program as much as you can (on the web you'll find plenty of audio files).
    For speaking you should pay great attention to how native speakers pronounce words and try to imitate them. (maybe you can try to register yourself).
    But you'll find a lot of people on this forum who can give you better advices.
    Last edited by Englishlanguage; 10-Jun-2007 at 16:59.

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