Friday, November 25, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!

I was going to post Thanksgiving photos, but then I realized that Will
took the camera before I could get the pictures off of it. He's in
Vladimir all day, so pictures will have to wait until tomorrow.

I just spent nap time helping a neighbor from the second floor with
some English. . . some hard English! I think I need to review my
grammar. Can anyone tell me all the verb tenses we have in English?
She was referring to them left and right. Can you explain off the top
of your head what the difference is between "each" and "every"? (I
know the official answer to this one, because I looked it up in my
Oxford answer book.)

When the babies woke up it was a relief to go back to my usual simple
conversations! My brain did appreciate the exercise, though.


BabaJulie said...

Hi, Phyllis! So, what was the official answer? I would say "each" applies more singularly and "every" in used in a more plural or inclusive sense. But, that is, as you said, off the top of my head! Did you all have a Thanksgiving meal or was Will gone the entire day? I had the picture of you with Jaan and Raia dressed in their indian and pilgrim outfits on my piano with my other Thanksgiving decorations! Very cute! We had a wonderful day. Even had two Liberians with us!! Much Love to All!

The Grinder said...

Past simple
Past perfect
Past continuous
Past perfect continuous

Present simple
Present perfect
Present continuous
Present perfect continuous

Future simple
Future perfect
Future continuous
Future perfect continuous

Those are the standard, and generally accepted, verb tenses. There is a basic overview here:

Phyllis said...

Thanks so much, Mike! I sincerely hope that wasn't from memory! :-) If it was, I'm really impressed. If it wasn't, I'm still impressed and thankful.

"Each can be used to talk about two or more people ot things; every is normally used to talk about three or more." (That's from our Oxford book.)