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Present simple e continuous

Cosa sono e come si usano present simple e continuous? Present simple Il present simple è un tempo facile da costruire, si usa la forma base del verbo, che è quella che troviamo come prima in un paradigma. Se prendiamo go, went, gone, il present simple si fa usando go. L’unica cosa che dobbiamo ricordarci …

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Past simple e past continuous

Cosa sono e come si usano past simple e past continuous?  Il past simple e il past continuous sono due tempi verbali che usiamo per parlare di situazioni avvenute nel passato.  Past simple Il past simple, che è dato dalla seconda voce che troviamo nei paradigmi, è il verbo che usiamo in genere per parlare …

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Inglese: rispondiamo alle domande per la maturità

Abbiamo provato a rispondere ad alcune possibili domande sugli argomenti di inglese della maturità Cosa intendiamo con l’espressione Art for Art’s sake? Il concetto di Art for Art’s sake, ovvero l’arte per l’arte stessa, è uno dei principi su cui si basa la produzione artistica di Oscar Wilde. Questo principio è una reazione all’utilitarismo, ovvero …

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Brave New World

What is Brave New World? Why is it important? Brave New World is a dystopian novel written by Aldous Huxley and published in 1932. What is a dystopian novel? The word dystopia comes from the word utopia. This, from the Greek οὐ -τόπος, means place that doesn’t exist, or that cannot exist. The concept of …

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James Joyce

Who was Joyce? What did he write? Life James Joyce was an Irish author, born in Dublin in 1882. His father changed and lost a series of jobs, so the family lived in worse and worse conditions over the years. In 1888 he was sent to a Jesuit college. In this time of his life, …

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Joseph Conrad

Who was Conrad? What did he write? Joseph Conrad was a Polish author, who lived between 1857 and 1924. Life He was born in Polish Ukraine, but he and his family were exiled in Northern Russia after his father participated in a movement for Polish independence. His parents died when he was young; when he …

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Figures of speech

What are rhetorical figures? How are they used? A figure of speech, or rhetorical figure, is a way of using language in a way that is different from the ordinary, to produce certain effects. We can distinguish three groups of rhetorical figures: Figures of sound Figures based on construction Figures based on a change in …

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Charles Dickens

Who was Charles Dickens? What are his main works? Charles Dickens was an English author, who wrote historical novels and romances. Life Dickens was born in 1812. During his early education he read works by Fielding and Defoe, who were important for his future works. In 1823 his family moved to the suburbs of London. …

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William Shakespeare

Who is William Shakespeare? What can we say about his plays? Life William Shakespeare is probably the most famous English playwriter. Even though he is so well known, we know very little about his life, because the written sources are very scarce. We know he was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, in England, in 1564, from a …

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Daniel Defoe

Who is Daniel Defoe? Why are his works important? Realistic novel Daniel Defoe was an English writer, he is considered the first author of realistic novels. The realistic novel is a peculiar type of modern novel, which is a narrative genre that developed through the 16th century. When talking about novel, we refer to a …

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