Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Adjective Clauses and Relative Pronouns

"The Waterfall" Henri Rousseau, 1910

Combine the two sentences. Change the underlined pronoun in the second sentence to a relative pronoun such as "that", "who", or "whose". Make sure your adjective clause immediately follows the noun it modifies, even if you have to break the main clause.

After writing the sentences, listen to each correct sentence and repeat it after the speaker.

1. I like people. They are good listeners.

2. I bought a computer. It doesn't work very well.

3. She's a woman. She always eats nutritious food.

4. This is the camera. I bought it last week.

5. These are the photographs. I told you about them.

6. I notice people. They wear colorful clothes.

7. I finally bought the dress. I tried it on three times yesterday.

8. The movie wasn't very interesting. I saw it last night.

9. I know a teacher. Her classes are always full.

10. She's the excellent nurse. I wanted to tell you about her.

11. I didn't like the car. I test drove it yesterday.

12. The clown made everyone laugh. He rode backwards on an elephant.

13. The airplane landed successfully. It almost crashed.

14. Alan was hit by a flowerpot. It had fallen off a windowsill.

15. Then, he was splashed by a car. It had driven through a mud puddle.

16. My neighbor complains about my stereo. His tenants play drums loudly until midnight.

17. I have a good friend. He lives in Brazil.

18. I admire people. They aren't afraid to work hard.

19. The house is no longer for sale. I checked it out yesterday.

20. Some of the students are in the G.E.D. program. I taught them last year.

21. The boy was bitten by a dog. He delivers our newspapers.

22. Both dogs chased the ball. I threw it as far as I could.

23. The nurse gave the patient an injection. It made him go to sleep.

24. Students should take them to the hall. Their cell phones ring in class.

25. The apartment is downtown. My friends have rented it.

For more information on relative pronouns and relative clauses, see the Owl Purdue Writing Lab.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Present Simple Tense - Choose

"Amoskeag Canal" Charles Sheeler, 1948

1. to my friend on the phone every afternoon.

2. flowers every spring.

3. at the office every day.

4. to a party every weekend.

5. Susan with her homework.

6. to them in English.

7. for Europe every morning at 11 o'clock.

8. their shoes before they enter the house.

9. the paychecks to the employees every other week.

10. the news of the day at dinnertime.

11. a letter to my friend Silvia once a month.

12. your notebook to class.

13. cards with his nephews.

14. from San Francisco International Airport.

15. a commercial on television.

16. soccer once a week.

17. an exam twice a semester.

18. the dentist every six months.

20. a game.

21. money from his parents once in a while.

22. her husband to work every morning.

23. dinner at 6:30 pm.

24. their work before 6:00 pm every evening.

25. next to Amber.

26. every January, February, and March.

27. beautifully at every performance.

28. a profit.

29. new words in the class.

30. at the mail person every afternoon.

31. the violin very well when she practices.

For Present Simple Conversation see Dialogue Workout A

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Past and Present of "Be" Contrast

"At The Moulin Rouge" Toulous Lautrec, 1895

1. hungry a few minutes ago, but hungry now.

2. Yesterday, the weather terrible, but today nice.

3. any dishes in the sink an hour ago, but there a lot of
dishes in the sink now.

4. Last week, our children at their grandparents’ house, and my husband and I on vacation.

5. Before I painted my room, ugly. Now, beautiful.

6. Jack a mechanic, so every day after work, his clothes dirty.

7. energetic this morning, but now tired.

8a. When our kids young, always noisy.

8b. Now, so noisy.

9a. When young, coffee cheap.

9b. Now, expensive.

10a. Before Steve married Silvia, lonely.

10b. Now, happy.

11a. on Main Street last night?

11b. No, . home with my wife.

12. Two years ago, my dress new and colorful. Now, old and faded.

13. I in school last night because I sick.

14a. Robert in town last week. He in Los Angeles.

14b. back in town now.

15. The movie tickets $5.00 a year ago. Now, $7.00.

16a. On our first date, shy and embarrassed.

16b. shy or embarrassed anymore. very comfortable with you.

17a. How old your child when he began to walk?

17b. only 2 years old. Now, ten years old, and boy, can he run!

18a. Why Albert and Maria upset?

18b. upset because nobody invited them to the party.

19. They upset now because I just called them and invited them.

20a. Julie beautiful when she young.

20b. Now, she older, but still very beautiful.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Present Tenses - Present Simple and Continuous

"Sleep" by Edouard Vuillard, 1891

1. I two English books.

2. Julie to school every evening, Monday to Thursday.

3. your sister live in The United States?

4. Maria a pencil. She already has one.

5. working tonight so she can't attend class.

6. usually works on the weekends.

7. Jose the bus to work.

8. you and David own a computer?

9. they going to L.A. next Thursday?

10. Steven very sweet desserts.

11. Who dinner in your family?

12. Mario always very hard to remember the new words.

13. Ana sometimes TV before she goes to bed.

14. The students never the rules of the class.

15. she sleeping now? I'm not going to wake her up.

16. she usually sleep late on Saturday morning?

17. Yes, she does. She usually late on the weekends.

18. She have to work on the weekends.

19. Felix is our cat. He butterflies.

20. a teacher. I work in a school.

21. After breakfast, my cat outside and chases the birds.

22. How often do you during the week?

23. your brother play soccer after school every day?

24. Your brother soccer very well. I saw him last weekend.

25. After a long walk, my dog always on the old sofa in the garage.

26. busy right now, but we'll call you later.

27. listening to the program. I think you should. It's excellent.

28. They a computer so they can't use the website.

29. Julia in July. She wants to invite you to the wedding.

30. ushers. They work in a theater. They show people to their seats.

31. writing the exercise now? Is it easy or difficult?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Present Progressive Tense (or Present Continuous Tense)

"Woman in a Blue Hat" Pablo Picasso, 1901

Each number has part A and part B. Part A uses a name. In part B, use a pronoun to represent the name in part A.

1a. Julie in the mountains this weekend. (ski)

1b. there with her friends, Jeff and Mary. (go)

2a. Jeff a novel by Garcia Márquez.(read)

2b. it a lot. (enjoy)

3a. Mary and Jeff married in March. (get)

3b. to New York after the wedding. (travel)

4a. a class at Mission Campus? (Rolando, attend)

4b. Yes, a Level Four class there. (attend)

5a. What right now? (the students, write)

5b. a short composition about their families. (write)

6a. Where soccer this afternoon?(you, play)

6b. soccer at Dolores Park. (we, play)

7a. clothes this afternoon? (you, buy)

7b. No, I'm not. groceries at the supermarket. (buy)

8a. his grandmother today? (Jose, visit)

8b. No, he isn't. his aunt and uncle. (he, visit)

9a. What color the living room walls? (Maria, paint)

9b. them light blue. Do you think it's a nice color?

10a. What to do? Be careful. That ladder is dangerous! (you, try)

10b. to wash these windows. They're very dirty. (I, try)

11a. the wrong soap. That's dish soap. It won't clean your windows. (you, use)

11b. You're right. the wrong soap. (use)

12a. What today? (your sister, wear)

12b. her new blue hat today. (she, wear)

Exchanges 2, Page 1 - Present Progressive Tense

Here is a video about Present Progressive with nice graphics and music.