Monday, 5 March 2012

One more game! ^^

I have just found this awesome game. It's a flash minigame, and can be used as a practice for your irregular past forms lessons. Just pick the right form of past tense for the verb given, and each correct answer will fuel the rocket. Go and launch your rocket now!
It also provides you with the usage of the word.
Once the fuel gauge are full, the rocket will take off!

I'm really hoping that these games will make you more interested in learning grammar and doing exercises. Go try them now!

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Homework ^^

Time to have some practice! On the last entry I did write about the irregular forms of past tenses. Here are my suggestions for the exercises that you might want to do on this topic.

If you are looking for questions that you can answer and get corrected on the spot, you can try these link
If you want exercises that you can print and show to your teacher, try downloading these exercises.
Credit to http://bogglesworldesl.com for making these excellent exercises.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Having 'fryed' fish for lunch

I just had my lunch. It is the end of the semester, so I cannot afford to buy cooked food anymore. Earlier this morning I bought some vegetables and other things to cook. I end up with this.
yum yum! ^^

My friend was so impressed, he took a picture and upload it on his Facebook page. But when I saw the comments, I was a bit appalled to see one of the comment - " Wow, so luxurious! We only eat rice with fryed fish." I did not know whether it was a typo or not, but the past tense for 'fry' is not 'fryed'. It is 'fried', as in Kentucky Fried Chicken.

So I decided I should touch a bit on the irregular forms of past tense. However, I don't feel like explaining this to you, so I'll just show you a video.
video
You can also follow this link to watch this video with the transcription. about.com

So from the video, we can see that regular past tense verbs always end with ed, while the irregular past tense verbs need to be studied individually.

Here are some of the words and their past tense.

Verb       Past Simple
arise        arose             
bend        bent               
bind          bound           
choose     chose           
forbid       forbade          
hold          held              
shine        shone            
shake       shook            
tear           tore               
swing        swung           


You can search the web for more examples. Just remember not to add ed to all your verbs to show past tense.^^

Friday, 13 January 2012

CALL test!!

Tomorrow will be the last test in my degree days. Wish me luck!

Should continue studying now though..

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Yay again!

Okay. When she's here, you know what time it is. It's time for some exercise!
Oh, don't be like that.

You do know that exercises are important, especially to learn grammar. But I'm trying my best to provide you with the most interesting exercises so that you can have fun learning it. Here are some of the excercise that you can do. 
interjection 1

My favourite is the third one, as there are more than one interjection in the sentence, and you have to identify them.
So try them now!

Holy cow!

Sigh.. I still have a lot of things to do. So many assignments to finish, and the due date would be tomorrow. Whoa! I still need to type at least 15 pages to finish my assignment. Holy cow!

Okay. I don't usually use the word "holy" and "cow" together, but here, i'll make an exception, as I am trying to explain to you what interjections are. Interjection is actually a word added to a sentence to convey emotion. It is not grammatically related to any other part of the sentence. To help you understand, let me show you a video.
Yeah, I know that the sound of the Sabre Tooth Tiger is fake, but the video did give you a rough idea on what interjections are, right? Great! I know you will be able to understand easily.
I you'd noticed, I always use interjections in my writings. It makes it a lot more interesting.

Here are some examples of commonly used interjections.

interjectionmeaningexample
ahexpressing pleasure"Ah, that feels good."
expressing realization"Ah, now I understand."
expressing resignation"Ah well, it can't be heped."
expressing surprise"Ah! I've won!"
alasexpressing grief or pity"Alas, she's dead now."
dearexpressing pity"Oh dear! Does it hurt?"
expressing surprise"Dear me! That's a surprise!"
ehasking for repetition"It's hot today." "Eh?" "I said it's hot today."
expressing enquiry"What do you think of that, eh?"
expressing surprise"Eh! Really?"
inviting agreement"Let's go, eh?"
erexpressing hesitation"Lima is the capital of...er...Peru."
hello, hulloexpressing greeting"Hello John. How are you today?"
expressing surprise"Hello! My car's gone!"
heycalling attention"Hey! look at that!"
expressing surprise, joy etc"Hey! What a good idea!"
hiexpressing greeting"Hi! What's new?"
hmmexpressing hesitation, doubt or disagreement"Hmm. I'm not so sure."
oh, oexpressing surprise"Oh! You're here!"
expressing pain"Oh! I've got a toothache."
expressing pleading"Oh, please say 'yes'!"
ouchexpressing pain"Ouch! That hurts!"
uhexpressing hesitation"Uh...I don't know the answer to that."
uh-huhexpressing agreement"Shall we go?" "Uh-huh."
um, ummexpressing hesitation"85 divided by 5 is...um...17."
wellexpressing surprise"Well I never!"
introducing a remark"Well, what did he say?"


Ah! I almost forgot about my assignments! Well, I guess I'll be going now! Bye!

Sheep? Sheeps? Sheepes? part II

Since all of you are aware that there are irregular plural forms for certain nouns, I want to ask you a question. If a am married to woman, she would be called as my wife. Her mother would be my mother-in-law. But if I am married to four women, what would my wives' mothers be called as? Mother-in-laws?

Nope. It should be mothers-in-law. Although the whole word 'mother-in-law' itself is a noun, the changes in its plural should only be applied to the first word. This would include 'attorneys-general' and 'teachers-to-be'.

Since a lot have been learned, it is time for the exercise!
No?

For the exercise, you can try this link. Irregular forms You will be able to know your score on the spot. Just ignore the misspelled word 'socre' (it should be score). ^^