For an upcoming class on presentations and how to add emphasis in presentations, I wanted to find more info & useful links for students on auxiliaries for emphasis.
I found an excellent page: good information, different examples, well laid-out, even with exercises! And then I realized the page was on Blogspot, a blogging platform completely blocked in China by the Great Firewall.
If you can access the page (e.g. using a VPN) here's the link:
Random Idea English: Emphatic do, does, did and other auxiliaries
If you can't access the page, I saved it as a PDF here on my website.
Emphatic do, does, did and other auxiliaries (PDF, 102kb, without answers)
Download the one above and try doing the exercises. Then download the version below to check your answers.
Emphatic do, does, did and other auxiliaries WITH ANSWERS (PDF, 104kb, with answers)
Latest update: Bing have changed their links yet again. This is the 4th or 5th time they done it, and I no longer use Bing and will never use it again. I'm trying other online dictinaries like Baidu and Youdao, as well as Jukuu for example sentences.
Update: Since originally writing this article, the Bing dictionary has changed its way of making links for words... again. Which means all the links I originally put into the article don't work any more. And it no longer provides results for the € symbol... at all. Not a single one. So I don't feel Bing is as good as I used to think.
Microsoft's Engkoo/Bing is a great free online resource for ESL students, especially Chinese ones. Dictionary, thesaurus, translator, example sentences, pronunciation audio, even videos. I often put Bing links for words in my posts so that students can get more info on them But like anything in life, Engkoo/Bing is not perfect.
For example I wanted to give a Bing link to my students for €, the symbol for the euro, the common currency of most countries in the EU.
A search on Bing didn't provide a definition or explanation, but it did offer many example sentences, e.g.:
"It is a question of fairness," he said, arguing the public sector had contributed more than €4,000bn in guarantees to help banks.
One difficulty for my students is how to say that symbol €, so I clicked on the little speaker icon at the end of the sentence to hear it pronounced. Try it for yourself!
The pronunciation was fine... until it got to the symbol and numbers. Then it became a disaster.
G.A.L.E.S.L. / joe3
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