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ESL go.com's Yahoo CEO business English grammar (past perfect) and reading class

First, read this short excerpt from a BBC news article. Then click on "start quiz" and try to answer some true/ false questions about the reading.

Yahoo's future

Retrieved from http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3176248.stm on 10/11/2003

Terry Semel, the firm's chief executive who was employed to engineer a turnaround at the firm following the dotcom crash of 2000, was upbeat about the long-term outlook.

"In this quarter our business grew stronger and better and we continue to remain optimistic about the future," said Mr Semel.

"As we more fully take advantage of the revenue potential across our entire business, we believe we can continue to meet our long-term objective for superior, consistent and sustainable growth."

The news pleased investors.

The stock had fallen during the day's trading, but added 16 cents to $38.95 cents in electronic trade following the announcement.


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Practice your Business English on the business message board. Look for opportunities to use the past perfect, had + past participle. This type of verb was used in the last sentence of the reading: The stock had fallen during the day's trading, but added 16 cents to $38.95 cents in electronic trade following the announcement. We use this tense to describe something that happened before a specific time in the past. In this case, the stock "added 16 cents" is the specific time in the bast. Before the stock added 16 cents, it had fallen.

When my sister was in her teens, my mother started investing a little money in the stock market for her. She invested in Yahoo stock, which performed poorly for the enxt several years. It's always best to learn as much as possible about investing, before putting money at risk. Since I have some expereince with internet marketing, I keep an text link advertising blog which has information on web site advertising.