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Resources Section – Grammar explained

What do you call that?

You can’t think of a word. You point to an object and ask:

What do you call that? OR

What is that called?

You can’t think of a phrase. Ask:

How do you say call that in English?

Ask

Ask

A very polite and formal way of asking someone to do something: Would you please be so kind as to give me that book? An alternative to keep the sentence simple: Would you please give me that book? Would you mind giving me that book?

Ratschläge

Ratschläge

We have some nouns that almost never need an ‘s’ added to them even when there's more than one. We call them ‘uncountable’ nouns. Examples: advice, equipment, furniture, information, traffic, assistance etc. You want to say, “Ich hätte 2 Ratschläge für dich”. I would...

Which versus that

Which versus that

If your sentence has a clause but doesn’t need it, use “which”. (Nonessential clause) (A little trick to help us remember: We don’t need “witches”—Hexen!!!). If the sentence needs the clause, use “that”. (Essential clause) Example 1 The old house, which (by the way)...

Who versus that

Who versus that

Who refers to people (and animals with a name!). That may refer to people, animals (without a name), groups, or things. Examples 1. Was it Sally who organised the surprise party for Michael? (that is also acceptable.) 2. The man who wanted to talk to you left an hour...