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TESOL Videos - How to Pronounce 'QUIESCENT'- English Grammar
In this episode, we cover the pronunciation of the word quiescent. This word refers to a state of inactivity. Synonyms for quiescent include inactive, idle, at rest, and quiet.
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There are more tenses in the English language than most native speakers believe, and their usage can be rather challenging to someone learning English as a second language. As a native speaker I personally felt this unit to be challenging due to how little I think of tenses I use in day to day conversation. The breakdown of present tenses in this unit is as follows: Present simple - Used to express an action that is usual or repeated. ex. He runs. He doesn't run. Does he run? Present continuous - Used to talk about in action, in progress or not during the time of speaking. Adds present participle (ing) of the verb, and uses present simple tense of verb 'be'. Can set up a story, emphasize actions, or describe a developing situation. ex. He is running. He isn't running. Is he running? Present perfect - Relates the past to the present. Used to talk about unfinished actions from an indefinite time, to describe past actions with the present's results, to talk about completed actions in an unfinished time period at the time of speaking, or to describe something that began in the past that is true at the time of speaking, and may or may not continue to happen. Subject + have + past participle for most cases, depending on whether it is affirmative, negative, or a question. ex. He has ran. He hasn't ran. Has he ran? Present perfect continuous - Relates past activities to present, and can imply that the activity will continue, or that it was in progress for a length of time. Similar to present perfect in structure, adds present participle (ing) to verb, and 'been' is placed before verb. ex. He has been running. He hasn't been running. Has he been running?