Category Grammar

DON’T NOBODY NEVER

“Why don’t nobody never loosen up and let themselves go?” That’s a genuine quote, not a sentence I’ve made up. If you’re not happy with it, tell me why and correct it.

From the cover of a student’s copybook

Lovely cover; pity about the grammar. Correct it if you can.

WARDROBE

Do the following sentences have the same meaning or are they different? If they are different, can you explain what they mean? I need to change the wardrobe I need a change of wardrobe  

Body parts

Many of you know the main body parts, such as: the HAND the ARM the ELBOW the HEAD the SHOULDER Are you aware, though, that those parts can also be used as verbs? TO HAND TO ARM TO ELBOW TO HEAD TO SHOULDER My challenge to you is an obvious one. Send in sentences using […]

Getting the question right

It’s lovely to hear students being sociable, especially with those who are new to the class. I’m especially happy when they try using some of the language discussed earlier during the course. It’s true the language is not always used correctly but full marks for trying. I’ll show you what I mean: Can you tell […]

HAVE sentences – right or wrong?

Check out the following HAVE sentences. Some are right, some not. Can you correct the wrong ones? I can see that my students HAVE a splendid time here in Malta. Maria HAD BEEN HAVING her apartment for 10 years. They‘RE HAVING serious problems with their accommodation. We’VE BEEN HAVING too many late nights. ARE you […]

Vary your vocabulary

This afternoon’s class focussed on alternative words for common adjectives. Have you ever used any of these before? happy => CHUFFED sad => GUTTED good => TERRIFIC bad => DIRE angry => CHEESED OFF interesting => MIND-BLOWING attractive => STUNNING shocked => FLABBERGASTED Over to you … Can you think of a situation you have […]