Tip 2: Three things that are different!

When we learn a secondary language, our understanding is often affected by our mother tongue or what people call our ‘heart language’. That is obvious. However, it is important that we respect and appreciate the structure, logics and cultural ways of the other language.

A few tips for understanding the way English works.

  • The S-V-O structure: Hindi has the subject first in a sentence. Then the object followed by verb. English, on the other hand, follows the Subject-Verb-Object sequence. As you process a sentence in your mind, you ought to remember this structure. Practise this for 10 days and see the results.
  • One ‘You’: Hindi has three levels of You: Aap, Tum, Tu. English has just one: you. In English language "you" can be used for a single person as well as for many people. And by default, this is always used in an honorific way; hence it always takes a plural verb. Example- You are a liar. You were a student. You have a car. 
  • States v/s Verbs: It is important to note the function of verb. When a verb shows some action it is said to be an action veb. Eg- He eats icecream. But a verb can also show us state of mind/ status of a person. Eg- He is sad.  Eg- He is a student. This is particularly important in the simple present and the simple past tense.
Tip 2: Three things that are different!
Tip 2: Three things that are different! - By : | Date Published : 28-01-2015 | Category : English Tips |
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When we learn a secondary language, our understanding is often

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