Sunday, March 26, 2017

Tri-C Irregular Verbs Practice

You will need to know all of the irregular verbs from Chapters 8 & 9 for the test on Wednesday.  I have created a Quizlet for you to practice.  There are six activities you can do to practice your verbs.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Those Little Words...A, An, and The

Table of Articles

Singulara / anthe

Quick Hints

  • a before consonants (a book)
    an before vowels or consonants with a vowel sound (an exam, an honest mistake) 

  • Temporary illnesses: (I have a headache, a cold, a fever, a backache)

  • "The" with superlative forms (He is the smartest kid I have seen.)

Singular count nouns:

  • indefinite: use 'a'
  • definite: use "the"

  • My daughter wants to buy a dog this weekend. (Indefinite-Could be any dog)
    The dog in the backyard is very cute.(Definite-The one in the backyard) 

    He requested a puppy for his birthday.
    He wanted the puppy he played with at the pet shop.
    She ordered a hamburger without onions.
    Did you drink the coke I just ordered? 

    Plural count nouns:

    Use "the" or Nothing, never 'a'. 
    Come and look at the children. (definite)
    Children are always curious. (indefinite)
    She loves flowers. (indefinite)
    The flowers in her garden are beautiful. (definite)
    Do you like reading grammar rules?
    Do you like reading the grammar rules on this page? 

    Non-count nouns:

    Use "the" or nothing.
    He has experience. (if indefinite or mentioned for the first time)
    He has the experience necessary for the job. (if definite or mentioned before)

    The medicine the doctor prescribed had unpleasant side effects.
    Writing in a second language is especially challenging.
    Have you studied the history of South Africa?
    History reminds us that events repeat themselves.

    Definite Article THE Rules

    Adjectives as Nouns

    When referring to a group of people by use of an adjective rather than a noun, use "the". 

    the elderlythe disabledthe unemployed
    the richthe sickthe needy
    the homelessthe youngthe restless

    Names of Countries

    Some countries are preceded by "the", usually if the name is plural, contains an adjective, or includes "of".

    The United StatesThe Soviet UnionThe Republic of Congo

    Rivers, Oceans, Seas, Groups of Mountains & Islands use "the"

    the Amazonthe Atlanticthe Mediterranean
    the Cascadesthe Hawaiian Islandsthe Bahamas

    Location versus Activity

    When referring to an activity, use nothing 
    I am going to school now.(activity-study) 
    He is always on time for class. (activity-learn)

    When referring to the location, use "the" 

    The meeting is at the school. (location-campus)
    They are remodeling the movie theater. (location-building)
    The new student had trouble finding the class. (location-classroom) 

    Unique Objects - Use THE

    the earththe human racethe world
    the moonthe sunthe universe

    Part of a larger group, Use THE

    -One of the students
    -None of the students
    -Both of the students
    -All of the students 

    To practice online:

    More rules for using articles:

    Friday, March 3, 2017

    EPHP Video on SOAP Notes

    Please watch the video on SOAP Notes and take notes on the handout I gave you in class.

    Thursday, March 2, 2017

    Offers and Requests

    Image result for offering to help
    Making Offers and Requests
    It is common that English speakers make offers in conversations in order to be polite and helpful. When they do so they use these expressions:
    Can I… ?
    Shall I… ?
    Would you like … ?
    How about …?
    English learner must be able to make offers as well as accept or reject them. The following are useful expressions to do so.
    CanIhelp you?
    Shallget you some juice?
    Would you likea glass of water ?
    How aboutsome pizza?

    ·         “Can I help you?”
    ·         “Shall I open the window for you?”
    ·         “Would you like another cup of coffee?”
    ·         “Would you like me to clean the board?”
    ·         “How about a juice? “
    ·         Shall, can and will are followed by the verb without to.
    “Can I help you?”
    “Shall I bring you the mobile phone?
    ·         Shall is more formal than can.
    ·         Would you like… is followed either by a noun, or by the verb with to.
    “Would you like some tea ?”
    “Would you like to drink some coffee?
     Responding to offers
    Yes please. I’d like to.
    That would be very kind of you.
    Yes please, that would be lovely.
    Yes please, I’d love to.
    If you wouldn’t mind.
    If you could.
    Thank you, that would be great.
    It’s OK, I can do it myself.
    Don’t worry, I’ll do it.
    No, thanks
    No, thank you
    ·         “Can I help you?”
    No thanks, I’m just having a look.” (With a shop assistant.)
    ·         “Can I help you?”
    “Do you know where the post office is.”
    ·         “Shall I help you with your maths problem?”
    “Yes, please. That would be very nice of you.”
    ·         “Would you like a cup of tea?”
    No thanks.” Or, “No thank you.”
    ·         “Would you like another piece of cake?”
    Yes please, that would be nice .”
    Yes please, I’d love one.”
    ·         “Would you like me to do the the ironing for you?”
    If you wouldn’t mind.”
    If you could.”
    ·         “I’ll do the washing, if you like.”
    It’s OK, I can do it.”
    Don’t worry, I’ll do it.
    Thank you, that would be great.”