Saturday, 4 February 2012

Future with WILL and GOING TO

Would you like to revise future tenses by playing a game? I hope this one will help you. First, let's study the uses of WILL and GOING TO. We use WILL for general statements about the future. Concerning predictions, we use WILL when we don't have evidence that something will happen, when we aren't sure about it. When we make on-the-spot decisions, we also use WILL. Regarding GOING TO, we use it to talk about intentions and plans we had already considered and thought about. We also use GOING TO for predictions when we are sure about something, when we have evidence to prove that something is going to happen.

Study these examples with WILL:
- General statement about the future: The president of the nation will serve the country for four years.
- When we are not certain about the future: I hope you'll visit me one of these days.
- Spontaneous decisions: - My car has just ran out of petrol. - Don't worry, I'll take you home.
Now study these examples with GOING TO:
- When we make a prediction based on evidence: After just one week on stores, public and critis agree, they all love it. That album is going to be a success.
- When we talk about plans and decisions: I've already booked my tickets. I'm going to spend my holiday in Los Angeles.

After revision, here comes the videogame. The Earth is being attacked, you can save it if you answer questions correctly. At the bottom of the screen, you will see the beginning of a sentence and you have to match it to its ending by shooting the right capsule. You must move your mouse quickly to make it on time and to get to the next level. Each stage of the game is more difficult because the capsules will be moving all over the screen. Good luck and good grammar revision!

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Friday, 3 February 2012

Modal Verbs: Can and Must

Modal verbs are verbs we place before other verbs; modals don't take suffixes. We are going to start studying modals by focusing on CAN and MUST.
We use CAN to express ability such as in He can play the piano fairly well.
We also use CAN to make a polite request such as in Can you pass me the salt, please?.
Finally, we use CAN to ask for permission such as in Can I go to the toilet?
That's all concerning the use of CAN.

Now let's move on to the use of MUST. It's a modal we use to show that it's necessary for somebody to do something. That is, it expresses necessity.
MUST expresses obligation such as in I must tidy my room.
It's also used for rules such as in You must be quiet in the library.
When we want to give advice, we can also use MUST such as in You're feeling slightly unwell, you must rest and call a doctor.
When we use the negative form MUSTN'T, we mean that something is forbidden and it isn't right to do it. For example, in You mustn't smoke here or You mustn't bring your mobile phones to school.

There are two exercises for you to practise. In the first, you have to complete ten sentences using MUST or MUSTN'T. The answers are in the second page of the document. You can also download it and print it if you wish. The second exercise is an interactive quiz where you will see pictures of celebrities and some questions about what they CAN or CAN'T do. If you haven't heard of them, you can search their names on the web and do the same if you aren't sure about the right answers. Some research work is good for your autonomy. Can you get 10 out of 10 in both exercises? I hope you can.

Must or Mustn't


CAN or CAN'T By Pilar Super Quiz Multiple Choice Review Quiz

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Means of Transport and Verbs

Do you like travelling?
Have you ever been abroad?
Which means of transport have you been on?
How many do you know? Let's list some: a saling boat, a motorbike, a van, a train, a helicopter, a bus, a car, a plane, a bike... You can see them all in the pictures. Do you know which verbs can be used with these vehicles? Are you sure? Well, do the exercise to find out.

Some verbs can be used for more than one means of transport

Adverbs of Manner: Online Game

Adverbs of manner describe the way in which an action is performed. They usually answer questions beginning with HOW? For instance: How does he drive? He drives CAREFULLY. Most adverbs are regular, we get them adding L Y to the adjective but there are exceptions. Adjectives ending in "Y" form the adverb dropping the "Y" and adding -ILY such as in ANGRY - ANGRILY. Some adverbs are exactly the same as their adjective: HARD - HARD, FAST - FAST. Moreover, there's an irregular adverb we have to learn by heart. The adverb for the adjective GOOD is WELL.

Got it right? Did you understand adverb formation? If your answer is YES, prove it with the Manic Miner. You have to answer three questions correctly, collect the key and jump down the toilet. You have five lives. Avoid contact with monsters or they will kill you. Incorrect answers drain your energy. Use the arrows to move left and right and the spacebar to jump. Help Willy the miner to reach his goal and practise your vocabulary.