Categoria: english

the modal verb “may”

Posted on Gennaio 31, 2016 in english

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I’m a very indecisive person and today I’m going to teach you how to express possibility in English ☺

Let’s start with the modal verbs “may” and “might”.

The modal verb “may” indicates possibility.

For example,

I may have pizza for dinner tonight.
Probabilmente cenerò pizza questa sera.

It may rain this weekend.
Può piovere questo weekend.

Here you can use the modal verb “might” instead of “may” and say:

I might have pizza for dinner tonight.

It might rain this weekend.

Here “may” is slightly more formal than “might”.
In queste frasi, “may” è un po’ più formale di “might”.

We sometimes use the adverbs “maybe” and “perhaps” to express possibility. “Perhaps” is more formal than “maybe”.

When referring to possible future events like the ones in the examples above, we use these adverbs followed by the future with “will”.
Quando ci riferiamo a possibili eventi futuri come quelli degli esempi di prima, questi avverbi vanno seguiti dal futuro con “will”.

Look…

Perhaps I will have pizza for dinner tonight.
or
Maybe I will have pizza for dinner tonight.
Forse cenerò pizza questa sera.

Perhaps it will rain this weekend.
or
Maybe it will rain this weekend.
Forse pioverà questo weekend.

Hopefully it won’t rain this weekend!
Speriamo che non piove questo weekend!

Common spelling mistakes

Posted on Gennaio 17, 2016 in english

In today’s modern world, there are many ways to communicate with our family and friends using modern technology, for example, different applications on our mobile phones. One means of communication is sending an SMS (short messaging service), also known as “a text message”. Often, when we send text messages, we tend to abbreviate words and don’t pay much attention to spelling.
Nel mondo di oggi, esistono tanti modi per comunicare con la famiglia e gli amici grazie alla tecnologia moderna, con alcune app per esempio. Gli SMS, o “messaggi di testo” sono un altro sistema. Molte volte, quando mandiamo un SMS, accorciamo le parole e non prestiamo attenzione all’ortografia.

In the first part of this message, you read the question “How r u?” That’s normally how we send someone a text message to ask them “How are you?” (Come va?)

However, in formal and proper English, spelling is very important.

If you miss out a letter, it can make a huge difference to the meaning of a word.
Se ometti una lettera per errore, il significato può cambiare radicalmente.

Look at the following words:

SEEM
They don’t seem very friendly.
Non sembrano molto simpatici.
SEE
I can’t see you.
No ti vedo.
WINE
I would like to order a bottle of red wine, please.
Vorrei ordinare una bottiglia di vino rosso.
WIN
They need to win the match to make it to the final.
Devono vincere la partita per poter arrivare alla finale.
BARE
He has just moved into his new flat and it’s still bare.
Si è appena trasferito e il suo nuovo appartamento è ancora vuoto.
BAR
After work, she sometimes goes to a bar.
Dopo il lavoro di solito va in un bar.
HUGE
We were very hungry so we ate a huge portion of cake.
Avevamo tanta fame per questo mangiammo un pezzo enorme di torta.
HUG
When you’re sad, you need a hug from your best friend.
Quando si è tristi, si ha bisogno della spalla (lett. braccia) di un amico.
TEEN
She met her husband when she was a teen.
Conobbe suo marito quando era un adolescente.
TEN
They’ve been married for ten years now.
Sono sposati da dieci anni.