16 May 2013


There were a lot of applauses at the oscars; and they had rose most when the winner of the best movie had been announced and them receiving the direct was going to the stage as quick as possible.
1.      Noun form: Applause is non-count noun--there is no plural form.
2.      Subject-verb agreement: Because “applause” is singular, the verb must also be singular--change “were” to “was”.
3.      Capitalization: the “Oscars” is a proper noun--it needs a capital letter.
4.      Noun-pronoun agreement: Again, because “applause” is singular, the pronoun referring to it must also be singular--change “they” to “it”.
5.      Verb tense: “had rose” is the past perfect; here you need the simple past “rose”.
6.      Verb  tense: “had been announced” is the past perfect in the passive voice; here you need the simple past passive--“was announced”.
7.      Pronoun error: “them” is a plural object pronoun; here, we know that the winner is singular, but the word order is also a problem--replace with “the person receiving it”,
8.      Word form: When referring to a person, the word form is “director”.
9.      Verb tense: Instead of the past progressive tense, use the simple past--went.
10.  Word form: “quick” is an adjective--here you need the adverb “quickly” as it modifies “went”.
11.  Punctuation: Don’t use a semicolon before the coordinating conjunction “and”; a comma is required. Similarly, a comma is needed after “announced”.
Possible Answer: There was a lot of applause at the Oscars, and it rose the most when the winner of the best movie was announced, and those receiving it were directed to go to the stage as quickly as possible.

**GRAMMAR QUESTION, May 16th, 2013**

Correct the errors in the following sentence:

Please ask her where is she going over the week-end and is her boyfriend going to but don't tell her that I ask for the informations.

There are many possible ways to correct this sentence--many possible bonus marks!

PUZZLE, May 16th, 2013

Previous puzzle: Congratulations to Marina for being first with the correct answer. Here are the suggested answers
1. BO---  BOARD       2. BO---BORED                 3. BO--BORN                      4. -BO--ABOVE
5. BO---BOSUN         6. BO----BORROW            7. BO----BOILED                8. ---BO-SYMBOL

New Puzzle:
When beheading a word, remove the first letter and still have a valid word. The clue for the longer of the two words is first (behead the first word).
Example: a. Begin  b. Sour, acidic               Answer: Start and Tart.

1. a. Mark left after healing           b. Vehicle
2. a. To have hit                           b. Vehicle
3. a. Intelligent                             b. Individual store
4. a. Tiny                                     b. Large retail complex
5. a. Take illegally                        b. Bluish green
6. a. Clean the floor                      b. Cry
7. a. Expressed in words               b. Give assistance
8. a. Talk                                      b. Highest level; summit

IDIOMS, MAY 16TH, 2013

There are three idioms that use the word HAIR:
Watch this video and then write a sentence of your own that uses one of these three idioms.

**ALL CHANGE! May 16th, 2013**

Change the words in the sentence below as indicated. You can only change the exact word in the sequence given; after someone else has posted the next change, then you can post another change. For instance, student 1 writes #1 Subject Noun, and changes the subject noun; Student 2 writes #2 Direct Object Noun, and changes that noun. Each student only makes one change at a time and keeps to the order indicated. If you complete all 7 changes, then start making more changes again from 1 to 7. Each student should build on the changes that the previous students make. Please number the change that you make.

Amber happily planted the beautiful flowers in the garden.

Changes:  1. subject noun         2. direct object noun                3. indirect object noun                       
4. adjective(s)       5. adverb(s)         6. verb name           7. verb tense

AFFIXES, May 16th, 2013

The word stem –spect -(meaning look at)--occurs in many words. Add an affix (either a prefix or a suffix) to this stem to make another word. Each student should add a different word to the list.