Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Verb "Be" in Present Tense

"Form and Light" by Oscar Bluemner, 1914

1. an intelligent person.

2. our classroom.

3. not home right now.

4. Nevada far from here?

5. at the camera store.

6. not at home. Please, leave a message.

7. our new secretary. Congratulations.

8. my car keys. Thank you for finding them.

9. The packages in front of your door.

10. a very intelligent student.

11. on the table.

12. at work. She'll be home soon.

13. a teacher at City College.

14. Are the at the house on Third Street?

15. expensive.

16. Los Angeles a large city.

17. an English teacher.

18. The salespeople very helpful. They will answer your questions.

19. 8:30 right now. The class is beginning.

20. not in Chicago yet. The plane is still in the air.

21. very good nurses.

22. These the wrong size.

23. My Mario Sanchez.

24. from Mexico.

25. five o'clock. We're going home.

26. The books in those boxes.

27. your pencils? No, they aren't.

28. closed on Mondays.

29. not home right now.

30. Are these windows clean?


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  2. Numbers 11 and 12. The correct answer could be: The apple's on the table and Mary's at work. There is nothing wrong with those sentences written that way.

    Chaya Eitan

    1. I'm sorry, but I don't agree. "The apple's on the table," is not correct. A name or a noun cannot accept a contraction. Then, it's confusing, because the same spelling is used for the possessive form. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

    2. There is no grammar rule that states anything in regards to using an apostrophe-s on a noun or proper noun. It is a style issue, not a grammar issue. In formal writing one should not use any contractions, but in informal writing it is the writers choice to use them or not. For a reference look at http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/questions-and-quandaries/grammar/contractions-with-proper-nouns-brians-a-baseball-fan

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  4. I still have to disagree. I teach my students - and it is presented in my course book - that it is perfectly acceptable to say "Mary's at work." and "The apple's on the table." That's how it is spoken. I teach them the difference between saying: Mary's at work. and Mary's daughter is home. They have no problem with it.

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