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TESOL Videos - Old Hand - English Idioms
The idiom "old hand" refers to someone with a lot of experience in doing something, for example: If you have any questions, ask Lisa. She's done this job before and is an old hand at project planning.
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Unit 6 focused the system and structure of the past tenses as well as the forms and usage. This course has been instrumental in expanding my understanding of the past tense so that I am able to explain the subject to students effectively. Unit 6 taught us the 4 tenses in the past tense structure: Past simple, past continuous, past perfect and Past perfect continuous. Each of these has certain characteristics that can aid in determining which is which. For example, an attribute of past perfect continuous is having the auxiliary verbs - ?had? and ?been? - and adding ?ing? to the main form of the verb. So, it?s safe to say that a sentence without these characteristics is not in past perfect continuous form. Each tense has its own use and Unit 6 offers us an opportunity to understand why. The present simple is used to describe actions completed at a certain time in the past. The past continuous from is used to sow interrupted past action. For example, ? While washing dishes, the phone rang?, or when indicating gradual development that took place in the past, as in, ?It was getting hotter?. Past perfect tense is utilized when explaining a past action that occurred before another past action. I was walking to the car and then I realized I had forgotten my bag, is a good example of a past perfect sentence form. Although remembering the rules governing the Past tenses can be a little difficult for beginners, this unit offers plenty of useful examples and explanation to aid in our understanding of the system.