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Me my myself pronouns possessive English ESL

What’s the Difference: Me, My, and Myself

Help! What is the difference between myself, my and me? We use myself when we mean “with no other person’s help” or “alone.” I am the only person involved. A: That cake looks wonderful! Where did you get it? B: I made it myself. A: I thought your sink was broken. Who fixed it? Did […]

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Actually… you may not be using “actually” correctly!

Romance languages like French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese share a close common ancestor with English.  This is both good and bad for students.  A positive is that many words have the same meaning.  They just have different spelling and pronunciation.   However, sometimes we find “false friends.”  For example, the word embarrasada in Spanish doesn’t […]

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Who’s Doing What: Possessive Adjectives to Modify Gerunds

Both of these photographs show something balancing. In the first photo, rocks are balancing. In the second, a ballerina is balancing. We can change these subjects into modifiers of the gerund (balancing) by making them possessive. The rocks’ balancing seemed impossible.  Their balancing amazed me. The ballerina’s balancing took great skill.  Her balancing […]

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