Friday, February 3

By Todd Marshall

Last update 2 months ago3 Min.

Grammar tips

Today we will take a look at a frequently neglected (but important) aspect of English writing: spelling
Have you ever heard of the CVC (Consonant - Vowel - Consonant) rules? They are divided into 4 simple rules:
  • If the word has only one syllable and ends in a CVC, then double the final consonant: stop - stopped - stopping.
  • If the word has two syllables, it ends in a CVC, and the stress is on the second syllable, then double the final consonant: occur - occurred - occurring.
  • If the word has two syllables, it ends in a CVC, and the stress is on the first syllable, then DO NOT double the final consonant : happen - happened - happening.
  • If the word has one, two, or more syllables and does not end in a CVC, then DO NOT double the final consonant: process - processed - processing.
There is an exception to the rule: only the word travel is different from the British to the American formatting:
  • British: travel - travelled - travelling. 
  • American: travel - traveled - traveling.
You must also be aware of past tense irregulars, such as:
  • Run - Ran;
  • Begin - Began;
  • Read - Read;
  • Sell - Sold.
The CACD Advanced Regular Prep Course focuses primarily on CACD mock exams and grammar/vocabulary exercises. In one class we will focus our attention on Summary and English Translation, in the following week on Composition and Portuguese translation, and in the third week on key grammar and vocabulary exercises. Thus, one core topic will last three weeks.
All articles are taken from such sources as The Economist, Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, as well as sporadic literature and philosophy texts for a more metaphorical language study.
The course will consist of 16 weeks of 1.5hr live classes via ZOOM (24 hours of total class time). The price will be divided into either 5 payments of R$350.00 (Feb. – June) or one payment in cash of R$1,575.00 (10% discount).
I would like to begin the regular course in the week of February 6th – 10th. The course times that I am offering this semester are:
CACD Advanced – Regular Prep Course:
Wednesday mornings: 09:00am – 10:30.
Tuesday afternoons: 14:00 – 15:30.
Monday nights: 19:30 – 21:00.
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I look forward to hearing from you.
Best regards,
Todd Irwin Marshall.
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