Oscar Wilde

Mini-Lesson Monday, Lesson #212 (Part 2): Multiple Verbs and Correct Word Order

This is Part 2 of our complete Lesson in which we look at past perfect verb form + adverbs past participles + infinitives present participles + infinitives simple past tense + 2 infinitives 2 simple past tense constructions in a row 2 different verb forms (simple past + present participle) in a row … 📝 …

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Mini-Lesson Monday, Lesson #212 (Part 1): Multiple Verbs and Correct Word Order

📙 Many American ladies on leaving their native land adopt an appearance of chronic ill-health, under the impression that it is a form of European refinement, but Mrs. Otis had never fallen into this error. She had a magnificent constitution, and a really wonderful amount of animal spirits. Indeed, in many respects, she was quite …

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Lesson #211: 10 Intermediate/Advanced Phrases & Words to Enrich Your Writing (from Oscar Wilde)

Every time Easter approaches, I am reminded of a short story, The Selfish Giant (1888), written by the Irish poet and playright Oscar Wilde. As I was rereading it today, I was impressed again by how splendid and eloquent his writing is, while being easy to read. In fact I think its language is even …

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Lesson #195: ‘At’, ‘By’, ‘In’, ‘Into’, ‘On’, ‘Out of’: Describing Location and Movement with Prepositions of Place

📙 So the Swallow flew over the great city, and saw the rich making merry in their beautiful houses, while the beggars were sitting at the gates.   He flew into dark lanes, and saw the white faces of starving children looking out listlessly at the black streets.   Under the archway of a bridge …

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