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Lists and Examples of Adverbs

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A very long list of adverbs, not all of which end in -ly.  A list of adverbs, plus definitions and examples of how to use different types of adverbs in a sentence. 1. What is an adverb? An adverb refers to any element in a sentence used to modify a verb, adjective, another adverb, or […]

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Class Activities for Any and Some

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Using some and any can be confusing!  It is not difficult to learn how and when to use them.  The rules are simple, see below.  It just takes practice to use some and any correctly. Grammar Things can be counted. We call them Countable Nouns. Examples: students, books, pencils, dogs, flowers, kites, bananas, cars, apples, teachers, […]

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Class Notes 15 April, 2015

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To Have

Simple past, present and futureUses of “have”

Irregular Verbs:

What are irregular verbs?

Most verbs in the English language take -ed to form the past tense and the past participle forms.  For example:

  • I worked in New York for many years.
  • I have worked in New York for thirty years.

Some verbs are irregular, which means they don’t follow the usual -ed pattern.  In fact, irregular verbs are more a matter of vocabulary memorization than grammar, and so you must simply work towards memorizing the words.  Here are a few examples of irregular verbs:

  • Thomas swam in the lake every summer afternoon.
  • I had forgotten my lunch appointment, so I got to the restaurant thirty minutes late.
  • Our teacher taught us about irregular verbs yesterday.

Here’s a list of many irregular verbs.  The ones marked with the following symbol ( ο ) are more often used, and should perhaps first be studied.

Links to grammar explanation handout and graded worksheets (word search):

Find above at

Link to my webpage, long list of irregular verbs:

Computer Lab:

maybe not – Past Participle exercise

This is a note for me, not to present the class in total.

To Have – Auxiliary Verb

Have is used as an auxiliary verb in the perfect tenses. Remember that the auxiliary verb takes the conjugation in English, so the verb have will change depending on the tense. Here is a quick review of the tenses that use have as an auxiliary verb:

Present Perfect: He has been to Georgia twice.

Present Perfect Continuous: They have been waiting for over an hour.

Past Perfect: He had already eaten when she arrived.

Past Perfect Continuous: Jane had been working for two hours when he telephoned

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Personal Descriptions – ESL/EFL Writing Lesson

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From ESL Learning to write personal descriptions is important to provide information about yourself or others. This guide to writing personal descriptions is perfect for beginners, or beginning level English learning classes. Begin by writing about yourself by reading the paragraph below, and using the tips to help you write your own personal description. […]

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Class | 11feb 2015

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Today we focus on one story.  We will do activities in class and the computer lab.  A One-Mile Race from


  • Present the vocab list on the board.
  • Ss will write the words in their notebooks.
  • Review verbally for comprehension
    • Ask which words are unfamiliar
    • Ask Ss to explain/define or translate familiar words
  • Ss write vocab on index cards – English one side, translate if needed.
  • Spread cards out on desk
  • As I read the story aloud, Ss place cards in order they appear in story.  We do this together, I check off each word on the board as we go.

Vocabulary List for A One-Mile Race


The Story

A One-Mile Race

There is a race today. He puts on his shorts. He puts on his sneakers. He goes to the track. It is a one-mile race. Other boys show up at the starting line. The race starts. All the boys run fast. They run around the track four times. The race ends. He comes in third place.

Computer Lab

Go to A One-Mile Race on to hear the story.

Do the exercises below:

  • Cloze – fill in the words
  • Crossword – a puzzle, use the vocabulary words
  • Sentences – make a correct sentence
  • Dictation – listen and write what you hear

Comprehension: Quiz on my site



  • G finished all, except Comprehension Quiz – will do it at home.
  • Y had to leave at 2 – working on Crossword

Next Class

  • Ss retell story using index cards
  • Finish lab – (and something new for G)

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Class | 28jan, 2015

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Grammar Parts of the sentence, Subject/Verb (Stolen lesson via Daily Grammar Lessons) A simple sentence is a group of words expressing a complete thought, and it must have a subject and a verb (predicate – some grammar books use the word predicate, but I will use verb). A verb shows action or state of being. […]

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21jan 2015 Class

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Today we were 3. G and Y.  The troopers!  We went too slowly today. Chatted Y about Honduras: it’s 99-100° and humid, it rains every day 2:00-3:30.  And about her family. The Paragraph It is cold, gray and wet outside.  It is raining too.  The rain is not heavy, it is very light.  The rain […]