Aid vs Aide - English Grammar - Teaching Tips


This video covers the difference between 'aid' and 'aide'. These two words often cause confusion for English learners due to their similar meaning and spelling. The word 'aid' refers to something that helps, such as teaching aids or a first-aid-kit. The word 'aide', on the other hand, refers to a person, a helper. So, remember that 'aid' is used for things and 'aide' is used for people.

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In this unit I learned about more English grammar which included modal verbs, phrasal verbs, the passive voice, and transitive and intransitive verbs. Modal auxiliary verbs are verbs that are used to express obligation, possibility and probability, permission, prohibition, ability, or advice. They include verbs such as can, should, may, must, might, and many other examples. Modal verbs can express varying degrees of formality as well, and they do not change in form according to the person or subject that we are talking about. Also, for future and present meanings, modal verbs are followed by a verb in its base form, though for the past the situation is more complicated. Each auxiliary verb has slightly different meanings according to the context they are used. The passive voice is the other voice used in English, the other voice being the active voice. The passive voice means that the object of an active verb becomes the subject of a passive verb. The focus in the sentence is not on the agent, or there could be no agent. For example, \"The wallpaper was chosen by my wife\" would be a passive sentence with an agent (the wife), whereas \"The door was painted last week\" is a passive sentence that does not have an agent. It is also important to remember that only transitive verbs are used in the passive voice, and the passive voice is used when the agent is not known, not important, or we do not want to state who it is. Furthermore, the unit discussed clauses: independent clauses, dependent clauses, and relative. There are two types of relative clauses, which are defining and non-defining clauses. Defining clauses are vital to the meaning of the sentence, while non-defining relative clauses can be thought of as additional information that doesn't need to be in the sentence, and are typically shown with commas. Finally, there are three types of phrasal verbs: intransitive, transitive separable, and transitive inseparable. Intransitive verbs cannot be followed by a direct object. Transitive separable verbs can be separated, but it can vary. The object pronoun can only come between the verb and the particle, while the object noun can come between them but also after both of them in the sentence. Transitive inseparable verbs are when the object phrase or object pronoun both come after the particle.

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