Thursday, August 26, 2010

Present Negative Helping Verbs

"The Phantom Wagon" Salvador Dali, 1933

Use: "isn't", "aren't", "doesn't", "don't"

1. James a very good singer.

2. He sing very well.

3. His voice coach think he uses his voice correctly.

4. Mary cook every night. Her husband sometimes cooks.

5. Marvin like to go fishing because the lakes have very many fish.

6. Steve and Tom very good painters.

7. They paint very well, but they're good carpenters.

8. Alan enjoy working overtime, but he needs the cash.

9. Money grow on trees.

10. He usually home on weekends and he have a cell phone.

11. Sally is happy. She have to work on weekends.

12. She a good skier, so she like to go skiing. However, she skates very well.

13. Harold like to skate even through he's a good skater.

14. They need their tools today. They working until Monday.

15. These photographs clear because I have a very good camera.

16. Steve work on Wednesdays, but Thursday his day off anymore.

17. The students have to pay for the class, but they need books, and the books cheap.

18. My sister like to go bowling because she a very good bowler. She'd rather watch.

19. Evan like to write articles. He a very good writer. But he wants to learn.

20. Does Silvia like to act in plays? No, she . She a very good actor.

21. These TV shows very good. The actors remember their lines.

22. Our shower working and I know any good plumbers.

23. My son know how to fill out the form and there anyone who can help him.

24. It raining now. It usually rain in August.

25. Those chairs belong here. Please, take them to Room 405. That room have enough chairs.

26. Ronald have to finish his work today. There enough trucks for the products.

27. Several employees have their pay checks. Joanne still have hers.

28. I tried to call the employer. He in his office. His secretaries there either.

29. Those four houses have garages, and there any parking spots on the street.

30. Why Arnold like to play tennis? Because he a very good tennis player.

31. Those books sell very well because Wally a very good book salesman.

32. Ana walk to work because her new shoes very comfortable.

33. It difficult to learn a language, but it takes a lot of practice.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Infinitive and Simple Past

"The Seranader" Jean Antoine Watteau, 1715


A: Is Mary going to sing a popular song for us tonight?

B: No, she isn't. She sang a popular song for us last night.

Fill the blanks in the following similar conversations:

1a. Are you going soccer this week?

1b. No, I'm not. I soccer last week.

2a. Are you going the Present Tense today?

2b. No, I'm not. I it yesterday.

3a. Is Patty going ice cream tonight?

3b. No, she isn't. She ice cream last night.

4a. Is David going English this Saturday?

4b. No, he isn't. He English last Saturday.

5a. Is Mary going a letter to her friends today?

5b. No, she isn't. She a letter to her friends yesterday.

6a. Is Steve going fishing this Sunday?

6b. No, he isn't. He fishing last Sunday.

7a. Are you going TV together tonight?

7b. No, we aren't. We TV together last night.

8a. Is Susan going her grandparents this afternoon?

8b. No, . She her grandparents yesterday afternoon.

9a. Are you going spaghetti this week?

9b. No, . I spaghetti last week.

10a. going downtown this weekend?

10b. No, I'm not. I downtown last weekend.

11a. Is your father going scrambled eggs this morning?

11b. No, . He scrambled eggs yesterday morning.

12a. Is Mrs. Johnson going flowers this spring?

12b. No, she isn't. She flowers .

13a. Is Charlie going his room this week?

13b. No, he isn't. He his room last week.

14a. Are you and your family going Disneyland this year?

14b. No, . We Disneyland last year.

15a. Are Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins going a new car this fall?

15b. No, . They a new car last fall.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Present Progressive or Simple Present?

"Sun and Life" Frieda Kahlo, 1947

Fill the blanks with the subject and the correct form of the verb in the parenthesis. Use the Present Progressive for actions in the present or near future. Use the Simple Present for routine actions or true facts.

1. in San Francisco in a few minutes.
(The plane/land)

2. usually their laundry on the weekend. (They/do)

3. coffee every morning before work. (I/drink)

4. her coffee right now. She'll be here soon. (She/drink)

5. Roger isn't available. to a customer. Can he call you back later? (He/talk)

6. sometimes class because he has to work. (Steve/miss)

7. the news on TV every evening at 7:00 pm. (Maria/watch)

8. In San Francisco, a lot in January and February. (it/rain)
often town over the weekend. (we/leave)

9. an interesting story in class today. (we/read)

10. always at 8:30 am. (Our class/start)

11. Frank has a bad cold. medicine for it. (He/take)

12. in downtown San Francisco three days a week. (Sally/work)

13. I'm busy. at the health club all afternoon. (I/swim)

14. a movie tomorrow morning. Would you like to see it? (The teacher/show)

15. never dessert because she's trying to watch her weight. (She/have)

16. important visitors to our office this afternoon. (We/meet)

17. many letters to customers daily. (She/send)

18. I'm busy. a report about the distribution of our product. (I/write)

20. me a lot. I appreciate it because I'm a new employee. (They/help)

21. sometimes that they can't understand our pronunciation on the phone. (Customers/complain)

22. Right now, this website to improve our pronunciation. (we/use)

23. The performance now. (begin) Ann to sing a very popular song. (get ready)

24. Listen to that applause! because Ann sang very beautifully. (The people/clap)

25. The audience is leaving now, but still about Ann's performance. (they/talk)

26. her plants every other morning. (Susan/water)

27. at everyone because he hopes they'll vote for him. (He/smile)

28. after a mouse, but I don't think she'll catch it.(Our cat/run)

29. The doctor works from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. patients all day. (She/see)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Past Tense of Irregular Verbs

"Portrait of a Lady with a
Spindle Basket"
by Pontormo 1516-1517

1. The movie at 7:00. You missed the first half hour. (begin)

2. Jack several holes in his yard. He want to plant trees. (dig)

3. Wilma several letters to her friends this morning. (write)

4. We the dogs and cats before we left on our trip. (feed)

5. Tom the toy we gave him last Christmas. (break)

6. He shouldn't have another glass of wine because he already three glasses. (drink)

7. They the green carpet because it goes better with their walls. (choose)

8. We in a very slow bus. That's why we're late.

9. I our company's new director. She's very intelligent. (meet)

10. The ground violently during the earthquake. (shake)

11. James his old blue shirt to work. That was a mistake. (wear)

12. It was a terrible accident and I about it for a long time. (think)

13. The walls were very strong. They the force of the storm very well and didn't fall down. (withstand)

14. Mary in love with Steve at the lake last summer. (fall)

15. Roger his pants while we were running through the woods. (tear)

16. We our dog how to sit and shake hands with people. (teach)

17. The forty-niners a few games last season. (win)

18. After the wind storm, I the sidewalk in front of our house. (sweep)

19. The teacher will be glad because I my notebook to class today. (bring)

20. When I about my friend's accident, I was very upset. (hear)

21. The ducks towards us very fast because we put bread in the lake. (swim)

22. She that she enjoyed the flowers Steve gave her yesterday. (say)

23. It was a windy day so we a kite.(fly)

24. He his car to the park. (drive)

25. She under the sofa so her mom couldn't find her.

26. Our teacher us about dinosaurs in class today.

27. The cup fell off the table and (break)

28. He very angry when the other kids teased him.

29. I asked him to sit down, but he just by the door. (stand)

30. She the baseball and got a home run. (hit)

31. He hurt his hand when he down. (fall)

32. He away his toys and cleaned his room. (put)

33. It us a long time to memorize the irregular verbs. (take)

34. My father up at four o'clock and couldn't go back to sleep. (wake)