The rainy season sure is with us. Last week, when I went to teach my Friday afternoon corporate lessons in Jingu-Mae, the members of the class called me an ‘雨男’ or ‘RAIN MAN’. This is because it had rained every Friday for over a month!! Well, in English, RAIN MAN is the name of a movie which starred Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. What they meant was that I brought the rain with me. Here is a song called 雨男! Enjoy it.
Last week in this blog I asked about the difference between the following:
I was amused by the play.
I was amusing by the play.
The first one is correct. Why?
The present participle (VERB-ing) and past participle (VERB-ed) forms of some verbs are used as adjectives. Here is how it works:
The present participle is the active form. It is used to explain a situation.
-The movie was exciting.
-The book was boring.
-The lecture was interesting.
-The haunted house was frightening.
The past participle is the passive form. It is used to explain a feeling.
-I was excited by the movie.
-I was bored by the book.
-I was interested in the lecture.
-I was frightened by the haunted house.
Now you can explain how you feel in may different situations!
Today’s point is:
What do you do? It is a very common question that is used every day in every part of the world. What does it mean?
Do you know the difference between the following:
WHAT DO YOU DO?
WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
The difference is quite important. Can you explain it? Give it a try!
I hope it does not rain this Friday…….