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The Loom of Language: An method of the Mastery of Many Languages via Frederick Bodmer has constantly been my favourite e-book approximately studying languages. I first found it on F. X. Micheloud’s studying Languages website approximately nine or 10 years in the past while i used to be nonetheless an undergrad and lots more and plenty extra attracted to studying languages by myself instead of taking uninteresting periods at college. i needed to benefit beneficial vocabulary and concentration extra on realizing and conversing the language whereas my sessions sought after me to investigate Zola or Sand with very constrained wisdom of French. Or my sessions have been cancelled simply because no longer adequate scholars signed up for German or simply because there have been no academics to be had for Italian. My language books (all 500 of them) and later the net turned the most assets I utilized in learning, yet I continually went again to The Loom of Language since it defined every little thing so well.

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The party's always a success. I won't be coming either. let me know. I'll understand. I can't be sure. tell me tomorrow. Complete each sentence with a phrase containing the verb in brackets in an appropriate form. (say) loved you, what would you do? a) If I were b) If it (rain) I would have gone out for a walk. c) If you'd told me it was a surprise party, I (say) anything to Uncle Dave! d) Thanks for your help with the garden; I (do) otherwise. e) If only Mick had come to the disco, then we (have) a great time!

A) I wish you were a bit tidier. I wish you would b) I wish you were more interested in your school work. I wish you would c) I wish I spoke more languages. I wish I could d) I wish I had enough money to buy a car. I wish I could e) I wish they had more chess books in the library. I wish the library would f) I wish there was some soap in the bathroom. I wish the cleaners would g) I just wish my partner was a bit more romantic!

If and adjectives In expressions such as if it is necessary/possible it is possible to omit the verb be. If interested, apply within. If necessary, take a taxi. • Formally if can mean although, usually as if+ adjective. The room was well-furnished, if a little badly decorated. 48 GRAMMAR 8 1 CONDITIONALS Put each verb in brackets into an appropriate verb form. a) Now we're lost! If you (write down) Marys directions, this (not/happen). b) Why don't we emigrate? If we (live) in Australia, at least the weather (be) better!

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