PRESENT PERFECT SIMPLE AND CONTINUOUS: THE DURATION FORM

The Duration Form is the last piece of the puzzling present perfect tenses. It’s meant to stress the effects that an action starting in the past has on the present, it can be stressed from the starting point with “Since”, or how long it lasts with “For”.

PRESENT PERFECT SIMPLE

Present Perfect Simple: a mind boggling verb tense for Italians, it’s actually less complicated than it might appear. Just think out of the box: it’s not how recent the past action has taken place, but wether it has effects on the present as well.

The Puritan Age and John Milton

Essay Questions Choose one of the following What were the causes that led to the Civil War, explain them. What were the religious and practical differences between Anglicans and Dissenters? … Continue reading The Puritan Age and John Milton

The Handkerchief in Othello

Video Lesson n. 2 – Excerpts Taken from “Othello”, W. Shakespeare

Reading and anlysis of three important moments of the tragedy that will climax in Desdemona’s murder, one of the most famous literary femicides underlining women’s subordinate role in society then as today.

Othello and Desdemona

Video Lesson n. 1 – Excerpts Taken From “Othello”, W. Shakespeare

Reading and anlysis of three important moments of the tragedy that will climax in Desdemona’s murder, one of the most famous literary femicides underlining women’s subordinate role in society then as today.

Othello and Desdemona

Excerpts taken from “Othello”, W. Shakespeare

A Brief Summary of the Plot Othello, also known as the Moor, is a well reputed general. He falls in love and marries Desdemona, a Venetian noblewoman. Her choice to … Continue reading Excerpts taken from “Othello”, W. Shakespeare

Orlando, 1928- V. Woolf

Video Lesson n. 4 – Comparing Virginia Woolf’s and James Joyce’s Stream of Consciousness

Virginia Woolf and James Joyce are the most representantive writers of the Stream of Consciousness technique which has so greatly influenced the prose of the twentienth century and beyond.

The neutral pronoun “IT” and spelling skills

This short video is meant to help those who want to learn English with few essential tips. In this specific case I discuss why the third person singular pronoun “IT”, the neutral pronoun, is so important; why short answers are important too and why (especially for Italians) is it crucial to learn spelling skills.

How to write a professional email

This is an informative video in which I give some tips on writing professional emails, how to distinguish between formal and informal language registers and to introduce yourself in a polite way especially to people you have never met before, or in a professional setting.

Excerpt from “A Passage to India” (1924), E. M. Forster

“Do kindly tell us who these ladies are,” asked Mrs Moore. “You’re superior to them, anyway. Don’t forget that. You’re superior to everyone in India except one of two of … Continue reading Excerpt from “A Passage to India” (1924), E. M. Forster