in Class 29oct 2014

Today we had Ye and B. So I changed the plan. It was a chance to review some basics. A couple of situations came up. Ye phoned G – how to say G did not answer? A question came up with “What do you do”. So I started with those. We eventually went on to the To Be exercises on the computer.


The phone:
“She is not answering the phone” when you are calling and waiting for an answer. This is Present Continuous.
“She did not answer the phone.” After the call, after you hang up. This is Simple Past.

“What do you do?”
When someone asks you, “What do you do?” They usually mean – what to you do for a job, your work.
“I teach.” “I clean houses.” Use the Simple Present form meaning “in general”.

“What do you do?” Vs. “What are you doing?

  • “What do you do?” Is usually about your work. “I teach.” It is Simple Present, in general.
  • “What are you doing?” This means right now, the present. While you are talking. This is Present Continuous (-ing).
    A friend may call you and ask, “What are you doing?” You answer, “I am watching TV.” “I am cooking.”

There can be more words added to “What do you do…?” to be specific:

  • “What do you do for fun?” You answer about something that you like to do, “I like to walk in the park.”
  • “What do you do on Wednesdays?” Notice that is WednesdayS. More than one. This mean what do you do every Wednesday. “I go to class.” Simple Present Again, something you do in general, regularly – not just one special time.
Reviewed Simple Present and Simple Past:
  • To Be
  • To Want – to desire something (Went is the Past Tense of To Go)
Reviewed: Regular Verbs and Irregular Verbs
  • Regular with verbs means normal, predictable: they all work the same.
  • Regular Verbs add -ed in the Simple Past Tense.
  • Irregular Verbs are not normal, not predictable: they change to different words in Simple Past.
“To Want” is a Regular Verb: in Simple Past you add -ed
Simple Present
I want
You want
He, she, it wants – you add as -S here
We want
They want
You want
Simple Past
Wanted – all use wanted, I wanted, you wanted…
“To Go” is an Irregular Verb: it changes to a different word in the Simple Past
Simple Present
I go
You go
He, she, it goes – here you add an -S
We go
They go
You go
Simple Past, the word changes
Went – all use this. I went, you went, ….

Computer Lab

  • We started the Simple Present and Simple Past of To Be, plus negative – “not”.
  • There are 10 pages to do. It starts simple and gets more difficult with each page.
  • We got through Exercise 5. B stayed after class and kept working. I don’t know how far she finished.
We will continue next week.
We will do the vocabulary worksheets next week – see 29Oct 2014 Class Plan
I think I will present an easier and shorter reading for Ye. She did very well reading it on her own and doing the exercises. It was awesome!

Filed under: Class status, Lecture Tagged: Simple past, Simple Present, to Be, to Want

Source:: ESL Class Notes

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