Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

TRI-C Comparative Adjectives

You can practice the spelling of common adjectives on Quizlet.


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 20, 2017

10-Year Composition

You will be writing a 10-year composition which will require you to look at your life 10 years ago, where it currently is, and where you imagine it will be in 10 years.  

For this unit, we will:
  • listen to a song by Five for Fighting called "100 Years"
  • read and write a memory poem
  • review past, present, and future verb tenses
  • plan future goals
  • and, write a 3-paragraph essay.

Below are some past, present, and future verbs which 

will be useful for your essay.

Describing Past Action

There are many was to describe past action in English.
1.  The simple past tense is used to describe an action, state, or event that was completed at some time in the past.
  • I ate an apple yesterday.
  • He arrived at midnight.
3.  The past progressive tense is used to describe action that was happening before a particular point in the past and was still in progress.  It may or may not have continued.
  • I was still living in China 10 years ago.
  • At the time I was teaching in California.
4.  The past perfect progressive tense is used to describe action that started in the past and continued up until another time in the past.
  • I had already been teaching for 10 years at that time.
  • In 2010, I had only been studying English for two years and I had no idea I would eventually move to Ohio.
5.  Used To and Would can be used to describe past tense.
  • I used to live in Albania.
  • In my 20s, I would often go to bars on the weekends.

Describing Present Action

The simple present tense in English is used to describe an action that is regular, true or normal.
We use the present tense:
1. For repeated or regular actions in the present time period.
  • take the train to the office.
  • The train to Berlin leaves every hour.
  • John sleeps eight hours every night during the week.
2. For facts.
  • The President of The USA lives in The White House.
  • A dog has four legs.
  • We come from Switzerland.
3. For habits.
  • get up early every day.
  • Carol brushes her teeth twice a day.
  • They travel to their country house every weekend.
4. For things that are always / generally true.
  • It rains a lot in winter.
  • The Queen of England lives in Buckingham Palace.
  • They speak English at work.
5.  The present perfect is used to talk about completed events and actions which occurred during a time in the past which is not finished.
  • I have had four cups of coffee today.
  • I have live in the U.S.A for 10 years.

Describing Future Action

1.  The future progressive is used to describe action that be be happening at some point in the future.
  • Ten years from now I will be retired and living in Hawaii.
  • Ten years from now I will probably still be living and working in Ohio.

  • By 2027, I will have been retired for five years and likely be traveling the country in an RV.
  • I expect I will be a grandmother by 2027 and will be spending my free time with my grandchildren.
  • I hope to be working as a professor when I'm 50 years old.

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: