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Wednesday, June 9, 2010


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Sunday, June 19th is Father’s Day--it’s another good excuse for a barbecue and family get-together in the summer. The history of this day is interesting; there was not as much public support for this day of recognition as there was for Mother’s Day.


If English is not your first language, consider taking Engl 149: Advanced Speaking and Listening Skills. The instructor, who specializes in accent reduction, works one-on-one with students to help them achieve your goal of sounding more “Canadian”. The result is also more confidence in both social and employment situation.


In June, we welcome the following new students to the course: Ryan, Angela, and Rebecca. We hope you will enjoy the course and participate in this blog. 

Previous Grammar Question
For instant; the way in which the correspondents course differ then classrooms , is that the equipments' costs are very expensive  for  students are ought to have computer, internet, and another modern up to date things.
1. Word form: The correct expression when providing an example is “for instance”.
2. Comparison: The items being compared need to be clear and comparable; it is courses that are being compared; you cannot compare a course and a classroom. The wording needs to make this clear.
3. Word form: “Correspondents” is a plural noun--a noun cannot modify another noun such as “course”; the adjective form needed is “correspondence”.
4. Number: Should it be “course” or “courses”? It doesn’t matter, but there are agreement issues that occur: “a correspondence course/a classroom course” or “correspondence courses/classroom courses”.
5. Word confusion: Many students confuse “then”--what happened next--with “than” a word used to make comparisons. They sound similar when we speak;-) However, here, the word “from” is needed “differ from”/”different than”.
6. Word form: “equipments” modifies the noun “costs”--as an adjective the form should be “equipment” and it cannot be plural or possessive.
7. Verb-iness: There are too many verb words in the expression “are ought to have”; simplify--use “need”
8. Number error: There are several students, so there should be more than one “computer”.
9. Preposition: In this sentence “for” means “because”; it would be clearer to use “because”, “since”, or “as”.
10. Agreement error: ”another” means “one other”--it cannot be used with a plural--use “other”/
11. Punctuation: A semicolon is used between independent clauses when there is no coordinating conjunction; for that reason, it should not be used after the phrase “for instance”. A comma is possible. Omit the comma before “is” as this separates the subject from its verb. Also omit the comma before “and” as the following structure is a phrase and not an independent clause. Finally, don’t forget to hyphenate compound adjectives such as “up-to-date”.
Possible Answer: For instance, the way in which correspondence courses differ from classroom courses is that equipment costs are very expensive since students need to have computers, internet, and other up-to-date things.
Next blog: The next blog will be available on Monday, June21st.

GRAMMAR QUESTION, June 9th, 2010

Correct the errors in the following sentence:
Everyone of the runners who are in the race are here but we can't get started with the first ones until you line up on a starting line.

PUZZLE, June 9th, 2010

Previous puzzle: Congratulations to Devika for solving the previous puzzle. Suggested answers
word pair              answer
1. Flat/Pump       =fat/plump
2. Feather/Crate =father/create
3. Bet/Stop        =best/top
4. Ear/Trip         =tear/rip
5. Lopes/Shills   =slopes/hills

New Puzzle: move a single letter from one word to the other, make a pair of synonyms, or near synonyms. For example: Boast - Hip, move the 's' from 'Boast' to 'Hip' creating two synonyms: Boat - Ship.

1. Rode - Can =
2. Font - Farce =
3. Tory - Stale =
4. Dire - Cash =
5. Self - Shill =

ALL CHANGE! June 9th, 2010

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

My younger brother happily lent his best friend his new bicycle.
Changes: 1. subject noun       2. direct object noun             3. indirect object noun              4. adjective(s)      5. adverb(s)           6. verb name           7. verb tense


Use each (all three) type of clause, phrase, or grammar indicated to complete the following sentence; you can add the phrase or clause before or after (not both) to the clause below:

I welcome the chance to celebrate Father’s Day
1. Use a phrase 2. Use a dependent clause 3. Use an independent clause

VOCABULARY, June 9th, 2010

Vocabulary building is important for both reading comprehension and writing. Use the following two words (note the part of speech) in one sentence.
autonomy (noun) + discredit (verb)
To further improve your vocabulary, check Word of the Day every day! There are also word games and puzzles on this site.

THE PASSIVE, June 9th, 2010

Where possible, change an active voice sentence to the passive voice, or change a passive voice sentence to the active voice.

The tutor corrected all of the errors the student made on the assignment.

EXAM PRACTICE, June 9th, 2010

The following question is similar to the one in part 3 of the Engl 140 final exam. There are many possible answers. Write a sentence using the vocabulary and grammar indicated.
The students in the course + drive ( past perfect, passive voice) + go (simple past)


In case you needed further proof that the human race is doomed through stupidity, here are some actual label instructions on consumer goods ....

On store bought Tiramisu dessert (printed on bottom) -- "Do not turn upside down."
(well...duh, a bit late, huh!)

Friday, May 28, 2010

GRAMMAR QUESTION, May 28th, 2010

Correct the errors in the following sentence:
For instant; the way in which the correspondents course differ then classrooms , is that the equipments' costs are very expensive  for  students are ought to have computer, internet, and another modern up to date things.