Class | 1 April, 2015

This is an out line of what we covered. I had more details, we worked on many examples and other things as they came up.

I asked about Monday’s class. What they did.


We reviewed the basics of what we have long been doing: (for new student)

  • Simple present, past and future
  • Progressive past, present and future – stressed only To Be changes for the tense. To Be + -ing of verb.
  • Regular and irregular verbs – need to start presenting irregular verbs!
  • To Like: it needs an object. You should never say “I like.” – even in conversation when we know what you are referring to. You like something, someone, or at the least use ” it”.


We continued Comparative and Superlative.


  • Must have at least two things, or more, to compare
  • Using “than”
  • Examples as a class, including -y to -ier as in tiniest


  • You can only have one, “the best” “the shortest” “the nicest”
  • Using “the”
  • Examples as a class, including, -y to -iest

Long Words

(New student brought this up. Excellent!). Noted that most long, multi-syllable, words do not follow this format. Instead they use words like:

  • Some, many, more than, much more than, the most


I just said Objects. I didn’t go into terminology with Direct Objects etc.


Direct Objects

The subject controls the verb/action/does something, something/someone receives the action.

  • He hit my dog. (Not!) Have examples of hit: hit song, hit a car, hit the ball, hit the mark, etc.
  • She threw a ball.
  • They play games.

Objects of Prepositions

  • At, with, to
  • Not sure what I did here – notes are vague. Let’s make something up…
  • She played with him. She talked to him.
  • The dog barked at a squirrel.


  • When they receive the verb action, including with prepositions (see above).
  • me, you, him, her, it, us, them, you
  • I like her.
  • She hit him. (A lot of violence today! Hit is easiest to demonstrate.)

They liked this class a lot.


  • Create online exercises for Comparative and Superlative – done.
  • Remember to prepare Irregular Verbs – some learning, portable practice, format. Cards? Online cards? Both?

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Get Rich or Get Going |story

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The Statue of Liberty and New York City. The Statue of Liberty is in New York City.

He had finally made it to New York City. They call it “the city that never sleeps.” He had always wanted to live there. He had quit his job in Florida. He loved his new neighborhood. He loved his new apartment. He had used half of his savings to pay for one year in advance. But the apartment was so expensive. How could he afford it next year? He had to get rich this year. “How are you going to get rich in just one year?” asked his sister. That was a good question. He didn’t even have a job. But an ordinary job wouldn’t pay his rent next year. An ordinary job wouldn’t allow him to stay in his nice apartment. He didn’t want to move into a cheap apartment. How can I get rich fast, he wondered. He went across the street and bought a lottery ticket.

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