Responding to ideas: I agree, I don’t agree, I have mixed feelings

agreeAgree is a verb. He agrees with you.  He doesn’t agree with you, or he disagrees with you.

Agreement is a noun. He is in agreement with you. He isn’t in agreement with you.

When you are not sure about something, this may mean you can see both sides of the idea and you have mixed feelings. For example: Do you agree with the following statement: ‘I think therefore I am.’ René Descartes, Philosopher

Well,  I have mixed feelings about that, on the one hand, yes, I agree: I think, therefore I must BE. However, on the other hand, no, I disagree, an apple doesn’t think, but it must BE.

Ok Janette, is that right? Think, think, think, apple, apple, apple. Is it an IT? Yes, it’s a fruit. Now, does it think? Mmm, I don’t think so. So, is it an IT? Well, yes, I think so.  However, on the other hand maybe it isn’t, because can this statement be right? ‘I think therefore I am, and, I don’t think, and therefore I am.’  OMG, help me, I’m seriously intellectually challenged at this moment!  Do I agree or do I disagree? Comments welcomed!

What do you mean? You don’t care, or, it doesn’t matter,or, you don’t mind?

I’m seriously confused, what’s the difference between these: You don’t care, it doesn’t matter, you don’t mind.

Well, each expression is connected to your personal opinion:

  1. I don’t care who wins La Liga ACB .  Meaning: I am not interested in basketball.
  2. It doesn’t matter who wins La Liga ACB.  Meaning: Basketball is not important and therefore it isn’t really important who wins
  3. I don’t mind which team wins. Meaning: I am interested in basketball, but I am ok with whichever team wins

 

It is necessary: Must or Have To

We use Must or Have to, to say that it is necessary to do something. Often it doesn’t grammatically matter which you use. However, in some situations they mean different things.  Must is used when we are giving our personal feelings and Have To is used for impersonal things, for example a rule or a situation. Examples:

  1. I must get up early tomorrow. (There are a lot of things I want to do)  PERSONAL
  2. I have to get up early tomorrow.  (I’m going on holiday and my flight leaves very early) IMPERSONAL SITUATION
  3. I must wear a suit.  I want to look good. PERSONAL
  4. I have to wear a suit.  It’s the company’s policy. IMPERSONAL RULE

Negative:

  1. You mustn’t park here.  It is against the law.
  2. You don’t have to park here.  You can if you want to, but you could park somewhere else.

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Are you a couch potato?

couch potatoA couch potato is an expression which describes a person who spends a lot of time sitting or lying down on the sofa, usually watching television, channel hopping and eating junk food. The ideal holiday for a couch potoato is a beach holiday.

So, are you an active person, or a couch potato?

Mission possible: Must, Might, Could

adrenaline junkieWe use the modal verbs: Must, Might and Could when we want to express a possibility. So, imagine that Pepé de Ronda is an adrenaline junkie who is very keen on rock climbing and we want to know where he is.

So we ask: Where is Pepé de Ronda?

  1. He MUST be rock climbing ( I am 100% sure)
  2. He MIGHT be white water rafting. ( I am 75% sure)
  3. He COULD be in the pub with Janette. ( 50% It’s a possible option)

Grammar Tip!  Please remember, if you use a modal verb, you have to use the bare infinitive in the following verbMODAL VERB+ BARE INFINITIVE (B.INF:without TO ) MUST BE, MIGHT BE, COULD BE

Affect or Effect

I feel like a fish out of water!  What’s the difference between affect and effect?

Well, think about the question: What affects the city environment?  Easy: air pollution, noise pollution, litter, car fumes………

Now, think about the question: What are the effects of these things?  Easy: a dirty, noisy city, and poor health.

Fancy a getaway to Ronda?

The word fancy is very common in everyday speech and writing. You will hear it, see it and read it a lot.  It has several meanings depending on the context:

city breakContext A: Questions:

  1. Do you fancy a  cultural city break to Rome or a romantic getaway to Ronda?
  2. Fancy going on a camping trip to Ronda?

Meaning: Would you like to go on a city break or would you like to go to Ronda?

Context B:

  1. I’m hungry. I fancy some banana and walnut cake.
    Meaning: I have the desire to eat cake.

Context C:

  1.  I fancy George Clooney, Johnny Depp, David Beckham, Brad Pitt and Adam Levine
    Meaning: I wouldn’t kick any of these guys out of my bed.

So:

  1. Where do you fancy going to recharge your batteries?
  2. What do you fancy eating for lunch?
  3. Who do you fancy? And, no, you can’t fancy George Clooney because he’s mine!

To be cheesed off

I am so cheesed off!!

To be cheesed off is an expression which means a person feels cross, angry, upset or annoyed.  For example: The goldfish is cheesed off because living in a bowl is superbly dull. I‘m cheesed off  because the recovery of my broken wrist is so SLOW! Well, truth be told, my emotions might be connected to the fact that I’m really impatient.  What do you think?

Are you cheesed off with work?  Or perhaps, your partner is really getting on your nerves!

To be able versus To enable?

enableTo enable  means to make (someone or something) able to do or to be something

  1. Learning English enables people to communicate with English speakers.
  2. Financial independence enables you to do what you want.

To be able to do something means to have the ability – I can….

  1. I am able to speak English.

Maybe or May be ?

maybe may be For example: I heard that our instructor may be absent today therefore maybe our class will be canceled.

  1. I’m not sure, but I think Pepe de Ronda ______ hiding in the shed.
  2.  ______ Janette is hiding with him.