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TESOL Videos - How to Pronounce 'ACUMEN'- English Grammar
In this episode, we cover the pronunciation of the word acumen. This word refers to a person's ability to make good decisions in a particular field. Suitable synonyms for acumen are shrewdness, sharpness, or cleverness. The word is of Latin origin from acuere (to sharpen).
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The Unit No 4 tells us about Present Tenses. A brief overview of the unit content: ? The tense system ? Present simple ? Present continuous ? Present perfect ? Present perfect continuous The tense system There are three different times in English (tense means time): the past, the present and the future. Each of these times has four aspects: simple, continuous, perfect and perfect continuous. This gives us tenses such as present simple, past continuous, future perfect etc. Twelve in all. In the course units that cover tenses and other grammar points, we cover the following areas: ? Form ? Usages ? Typical student errors ? Activate stage teaching ideas Present simple Subject + base form (+s/es) Present continuous The present continuous (also known as the present progressive) tense is made with the present simple tense of the of the auxiliary verb ?to be? and the present participle (verb plus-ing ? working) of the main verb. Subject + auxiliary verb ?be? + Verb +ing Present perfect The present perfect relates the past to the present and although commonly used by a native speaker, presents some difficulties to the English language learner. Subject + auxiliary verb ?have? + past participle With regular verbs the past participle is verb plus ed ? worked. There are however many irregular verbs such as write ? written). Present perfect continuous This tense relates past activities to the present. It implies that either the activity is likely to continue in the future, or that the activity was in progress for some length of time or both. Subject + auxiliary verb ?have? + been + Verb + ing