Thursday, October 28, 2010

Partitives and Non Count Nouns

"Winter Scene" by Rob Gonsalves

1. I need two bread.

2. She needs three bananas, but only one of broccoli.

3. How many apples do you want?

4. There are four quarts in one milk.

5. There are a eggs in one carton.

6. They need two lettuce. They're going to make a salad.

7. This vegetable soup is delicious. I'd like one more your vegetable soup, please.

8. I'm a gardener. I always bring a couple of water when I work outside.

9. There are 32 ounces in a tomato sauce.

10. How much is your ? It's $4.39 a loaf.

11. At La Taza you can get a good coffee for $1.50. I recommend it.

12. I'm going to make a big dinner for my friends. I need three rice.

13. One box of cookies isn't too expensive, but I want two cookies.

14. Mary usually has two of cereal for breakfast.

15. John sometimes has a orange juice with his lunch.

16. Would you like one or two ice cream for your dessert?

17. There are two milk in a half gallon.

18. We're going to barbecue some hamburgers, so we need a couple of ketchup.

19. Two ice cream equal one quart of ice cream.

20. I need about four hamburger meat for the barbecue I'm planning to have.

21. We'd better buy a jam because a peanut butter sandwich without jam is a little too dry.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Using the Base Form or the Infinitve

"Train in the Country" Claude Monet, 1870

In English, the base form of the verb is its simple form.
Examples of base forms are as follows: "play", "cook", "stay",
"work", "make", "be", "do". Notice that there is no change in
this form: no "ing", "s", or "ed". Use the base form after
modals (will, can, must, might, should, would, may). Also,
use the base form in sentences with do, does, and did.

In English, the infinitive is always "to+verb". Examples of
infinitives are as follows: "to play", "to cook", "to stay",
"to work", "to make", "to be", "to do". Use the infinitive after
many first verbs, but not modals. First verbs that are followed by
infinitives are: want, like, be going, have, ought, know how,
plan, forget, remember, need, decide.

In the following sentences, supply a base form or an
infinitive in the blank. You will find the answer in the
drop down menu.

1. I want soccer with my friends. (play)

2. I can't to class tomorrow. (come)

3. Mary needs her doctor tomorrow afternoon. (see)

4. Tom must until 8:00 pm tonight. (work)

5. The students are going about infinitives this week. (learn)

6. You shouldn't too much about the exam. It's for your benefit. (worry)

7. We're going a story about Roberto Clemente next week. (read)

8. Did he finally a place for children to learn about sports? (build)

9. I don't early every morning. (get up)

10. Could you please me how to get to Oakland from here? (tell)

11. The landlord wants you a better apartment in this building. (show)

12. The workers couldn't the piano. It was too heavy. (move)

13. If it rains, the streets will very wet. (be)

14. They decided the house on the corner of 14th and South Van Ness. (buy)

15. Do you want to music or watch TV? (listen)

16. John has class early in order to get to work on time. (leave)

17. The plane will in San Francisco in just a few minutes. (arrive)

18. They might to Canada for their vacation, or they might to Mexico. (go)

19. We'll in Canada for a couple of weeks. Then, we'll to Iceland. (stay, travel)

20. The new library can't a larger collection of books than the old library. (hold)