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I have been teaching English at lower and upper secondary level in state schools in Switzerland for about thirty years and taught French to foreigners in a private school (Eurocentres, Lausanne) for five years.

My mother tongue is French, and it is the only language I was brought up in.

I learnt German, Italian, and English at school.

And I don't mind polemic/polemical issues!


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revised “put your coat on” and “put on your coat” but not “depend on someone” and “depend someone on*”
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comment Macbeth, Act I, scene 7, lines 41-43: what does “that which thou esteem'st the ornament of life” refer to?
Sorry! Any good website I shoud turn to, then?
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revised Macbeth, Act I, scene 7, lines 41-43: what does “that which thou esteem'st the ornament of life” refer to?
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revised Macbeth, Act I, scene 7, lines 41-43: what does “that which thou esteem'st the ornament of life” refer to?
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revised Macbeth, Act I, scene 7, lines 41-43: what does “that which thou esteem'st the ornament of life” refer to?
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Sep
18
comment Macbeth, Act I, scene 7, lines 41-43: what does “that which thou esteem'st the ornament of life” refer to?
I think it is this "pretty-obvious-ness" which is the problem!
Sep
18
answered Macbeth, Act I, scene 7, lines 41-43: what does “that which thou esteem'st the ornament of life” refer to?
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asked Macbeth, Act I, scene 7, lines 41-43: what does “that which thou esteem'st the ornament of life” refer to?
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17
comment When do you leave out the preposition in a relative clause?
Isn't there, on top of all that you have mentioned, an "as the one" , which is understood? Am I treating this stranger with the same consideration (as the one) with which I am treating a friend? / which/that/ø I am treating a friend with?
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asked Do “it is time for someone to do something” and “it is time someone did something” mean the same thing?
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comment Can “would rather” be followed with a past perfect?
And to discountenance one further, even though "I wish", "If only" and "I would rather" are kinds of synonyms, one can say "I wish someone had not done something", "If only someone had not done something", but not "I would rather someone had not done something"!
Sep
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comment Can “would rather” be followed with a past perfect?
In fact, the "would" in "would rather" is a conditional simple of the modal auxiliary "will", meaning "be willing to", strangely followed by a conjugated verb form rather than a bare infinitive as is normally the case with modal auxiliaries. A tricky animal!
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comment Can “would rather” be followed with a past perfect?
This is a tricky point to French learners. Thanks.
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accepted Can “would rather” be followed with a past perfect?
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accepted Why “like doing something” or “like to do something” but only “dislike doing something”?