Saturday, January 30, 2010

Making Questions.

"Sad Young Man on Train" by Marcel Duchamp

Part One: "Yes/No" Questions
Change the following sentences into Yes/No Questions. Yes/No questions are formed by placing the auxiliary (helping verb) before the subject of the sentence. In Simple Present, use "Do" or "Does", and in Simple Past, use "Did".

1. Fred drives carefully.

2. Mr. Harper walked downtown with his friend.

3. Maria is listening to the radio now.

4. There were a lot of people at the party last night.

5. Martha does her homework every evening.

6. The store is having a big sale today.

7. Mrs. Franklin told her friend the good news.

8. They will have enough time to work this afternoon.

9. You hear the traffic on Mission Street.

10. Julia has been a student in this school for a long time.

11. Animals can predict earthquakes.

Part Two: Information questions. Place the question word first, then the auxiliary, then the subject. Ask a question based on the answer in bold type. You will begin your question with what, when, where, why, who, whose, how, how long, or how far.

1. John borrowed a dictionary because he didn't understand the word.

2. They'll arrive at the airport at 10 o'clock.

3. They usually park their car in the Bartlett Garage.

4. I've been waiting here for 45 minutes.

5. Mr. Parker sold his house because he had to move to New York.

6. She's planning to spend her vacation in Florida.

7. We're going to get married next June.

8. The students usually come to school by bus.

9. My country is about one thousand miles from California.

10. The accident happened at the corner of 15th Street and Howard.

11. That notebook is Jose's.

12. I'm writing a letter to my friends in Oregon.

How are these exercises for you? Too easy? Too difficult? I welcome your feedback. You can write a comment below.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Complete the following exercise using either the simple past or the present perfect tense.

"El Moli" by Salvador Dali, 1923

Note: Use the simple past if:

1. The action occurred in the past and
does not include the present.

2. The action happened in specific past time.

Use the present perfect if:

1. The action includes the present.

2. The action occurred in non specific past time.

3. For repeated actions in the past.

4. For adverbs of frequency in actions that include the present time.

1. Mr. and Mrs. Slater (sell) their house several days ago.

2. George Howell (work) for the Ajax Company since 1999.

3. Our instructor (explain) that lesson to us in yesterday's class.

4. The weather (be) terrible ever since last Saturday.

5. We (spend) several weeks in Mexico City last year.

6. Many people in this class (see, never) the famous Grand Canyon.

7. Our friends (return) to Canada a week ago yesterday.

8. Michael (study) English at this school for six months now.

9. I (speak) to Mr. Scott about that matter several times already.

10. Miss Ross (be) in Havana until two months ago.

11. My wife and I (travel) by air many times in the past.

12. My friend Roger (see, never) that television program.

13. Fred and Bill (finish, not) their homework yet.

14. I (have) a little trouble with my car last week.

15. However, I (have) any trouble with it since that time.

16. John (drive) over the Golden Gate Bridge hundreds of times.

17. I (read, already) 187 pages of this new novel.

18. From the time of his arrival until now, he (avoid) that sensitive topic.

19. We (study) practically every lesson in the book so far.

20. The mailman (deliver) the letter just a few minutes ago.

21. That fellow (work) here for the past three weeks.

22. Our teacher (give) us more than four examinations this semester.

23. Formerly, Mr. Foster (work) for the A. B.C. Supply Company.

24. We (have) more than the normal amount of rain so far this year.

25. Before his graduation, Fred's brother (apply) for a job with Apple Computer.

26. Mr. and Mrs. Phillips (live) in Daly City from 1995 to 2002.

27. A little while ago, we (hear) some very bad news.

28. Professor Moore, our English teacher, (write) three textbooks.

29. I (read) that book three or four times when I was in my twenties.

30. The Smiths (go) to Belgium during their vacation.

31. Pierre and Carlos (learn) a lot of English since June.

32. Mr. and Mrs. Benson (fly) to New York twice since last summer.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Verb Tense Review. Please, fill the blanks, then check your answer.

Family Excusions, 1919, by Max Ernst

1. Daryl always (come) to work on time.

2 Mr. Jones (teach) us at present. He (substitute) for Mr. Holt, who is our regular teacher.

3.I (work) in my garden when you called me last night.

4. We (take) our finals next week.

5. I (come) to work on the bus this morning.

6. As I (come) to work this morning, I (meet) a boy who (try) to sell me a watch.

7. I (be) to the Grand Canyon several times.

8. Listen! I think the telephone (ring).

9. Bob said that he (see) that movie before.

10. I (read) that novel three or four times.

11. By this time next year, we (complete) all the exercises in this book.

12. The telephone (ring) just as I (leave) my house.

13. The sun (shine) brightly when I got up this morning.

14. Our class (begin) every morning at 8:30 and (end) at 10:10.

15. We occasionally (go) to the movies on Sunday.

16. Listen! Somebody (knock) at the door.

17. Up to now, nothing (hear) from the search party.

18. Marjory, who is now in the fourth grade, (study) English for three years.

19. Ruth (study) French for a few months last year.

20. My brother-in-law (visit) me next week.

21. The magician (do) tricks on the stage when we entered.

22. The newspaper says that the police in New Orleans finally (catch) the bank robber.