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How serious a problem is bullying where you live? What can be done to stop bullying in schools?


Lavender's picture
Lavender 20 October, 2015 - 10:08

May I have a question? Is it OK for us to write "Another thing teachers could do is prepare lessons." I mean, is and prepare are both verbs, and can they come together? Because what I've been taught is that "is to prepare" or "is preparing". I'm so confused :(
Thanks in advance.

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Jonathan - Coor... 22 October, 2015 - 08:10

Hi Lavender. This is quite a difficult question but let me try to explain. The sentence is trying to emphasise the verb 'prepare'. (In comparison, Preparing anti-bullying lessons is another thing teachers could do - 'preparing' is less emphasised because it's at the beginning of the sentence.)

There are many sentence beginnings like this.

  • Another thing teachers could do is ...
  • Something teachers could do is ...
  • What teachers could do is ...
  • The best thing teachers can do is ...

After all these, put the verb we want to emphasise. It can be with 'to' or without it.

  • The best thing teachers can do is (to) prepare anti-bullying lessons.

We can also put a noun there instead of the verb. That's why it's also ok to say the sentence below (because the -ing form functions as a noun).

  • The best thing teachers can do is preparing anti-bullying lessons.

Does that make sense? :)

Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Elsa007 22 October, 2015 - 09:14

Thank you Lavender, that was a good question! And thank you, Jonathan for the sensible answer! Now I really realize that language is a creature!! :))
I'll study harder and would like to try to ask a question even it seems to be a minor detail…!

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Tony2003 8 October, 2015 - 01:18

Really though, where I live there are no bullies, but at school there are lots of bullies.Every day they just hit us,insult us on the Internet,even when I am in the holiday, they still not give me a break. For real, I would say that at school, if there are bullies,just kick them out of the school

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Jonathan - Coor... 8 October, 2015 - 09:27

Hi Tony2003. I'm so sorry to hear that. :( That is completely wrong and unacceptable. Have you taken any action yet? This must be very upsetting for you but it may need some action from you to put a stop to it.

  • Tell an adult who you trust that you are being bullied. It could be a teacher or a family member.

  • You have had some bullying online, so protect yourself. If you use email, Facebook or some other app, you can block bullies so they can't contact you anymore. Don't share any photos, videos or messages outside your trusted friends.

  • I know it's painful to look at insults on the internet. But, don't delete them and don't reply to them. Save a copy of them because you may need to give them to somebody like a teacher as evidence of the bullying. Then they can take action to stop it.

This must be a terrible time for you but I really encourage you to be strong and follow this advice to keep yourself safe. Best wishes,

Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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gabi02 11 September, 2015 - 07:38

I have been bullied at my old school. I don´t know why, they where calling me names it wasn´t much but i was sad because they where doing that. and when the bullies moved to another school som stupid boy started to bullie my little sister. and they where trying to scare her and said thing to her...

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kyvalda 5 August, 2015 - 12:58

Is internet going to become our real life?

Internet addiction is real problem nowadays. We use it everyday. When we just get up we go to check our e-mails, social networks etc. We even use it when we’re in public transport. Of course it’s good when we use it to get some information or for work and study. But bad thing is that we often try to make our time go faster by playing stupid games or just surfing internet for no reason. It’s completely wasting of time.
What’s wrong with us? Why is it so? The answer everyone can find out be checking own life out. In my opinion, the most common reason of internet addiction is our laziness. We think it’s much more easier to do our life just in front of PC using internet. We play sport games and think “Wow I’m good at tennis! I won last game!”. We even become happy when we get some virtual points or virtual gifts like “gold cube” in out screens. In this ways we just lie to ourselves and try to avoid real competition, to avoid real life.
Obviously, it’s big problem especially for young people. What can we do to solve this problem? Personally, I think our relatives and teachers have to involve children and pupils in real active life such as different kinds of sport, camping, interesting school’s journey etc. It’ll open entire world for young people full of interesting things to do. Even simple conversation between schoolmates the same age will definitely make them happier than typing messages in front of screen.
Hopefully, one day more pupils and adults will use every opportunity to be a part of real life than now.

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4444 13 December, 2015 - 16:55

Hi kyvalda
thank you for this comment . I agree with you for all what you said. Unfortunately, internet becomes a very special and serious thing in our lives and it Seized our lives . AND We have to do something to involve this problem for our teens and children . Personally I think that parent have to control their children well and talk with them in this subject with a responsive method which can help them to stay away or we can say use internet rationally.


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sssaleh 21 July, 2015 - 17:09

Afriend of mine have been bullied . Obviously this problem affected his performance in school and they was hate go to school.
there some teachers dont deal strictly with bulling so it get more and more.

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AnaB 13 June, 2014 - 17:00

I still haven't notices bullying in my school or around.
As first we have to respect ourselves. We all get mean words, even and we use it. Sometimes that is a joke, but other don't feel those words like we do.
Usually, people who are bullying make suicide. Many of them do it because they think that none understands them. Unfortunately, that is true. In my opinion if someone is bullied, that person should go to some psychiatrist. Also, there is some families who don't have money. If you don't have you can go somewhere and find some strange person and talk to the person. It's easier to talk about your problems to some stranger, than to talk to someone you know and doesn't care about it.
If I was bullied I'd what I just said. :)

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Niluh 27 March, 2014 - 15:32

Bullying is also common at my school, some of my friends have been bullied. For example, my friend at school told me that she has been bullied when she was in elementary school, all of her friends used to get rid of her and say bad words to her, during the school she never had any friend.
Bullying is a serious problem, really serious! I do agree that teachers have important contribution to stop bullying, unfortunately only a few teachers are aware.

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