Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Third Form Participle List

"Catalan Guitarist" Joan Miro, 1924

Text of Three Verbs, Page One
Text of Three Verbs, Page Two
Text of Three Verbs, Page Three

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Grammartalk 10HB, Page 1 - Prepositions of Place and Time

"Women in the Garden" Claude Monet, 1866

A: Where do you live?
B: I live on Valencia Street. It’s in the Mission District.
A: Do you live near 16th Street?
B: Not too far. I live between 20th and 21st Streets.
A: Where do you attend English class?
B: I attend English class at Mission Campus

A: How can I find your apartment?
B: It’s on the top floor. I live in Number 31.
A: Is there an elevator in the building?
B: Yes, there is. My apartment is on the right as you leave the elevator.
A: How long have you lived in San Francisco?
B: I’ve lived here for six years.

A: How long did you live in Mexico City?
B: I lived there for sixteen years. I moved in 1995.
A: How long have you studied at Mission Campus?
B: I’ve studied English at Mission Campus for two semesters.
A: Are you interested in the computer classes also?
B: Yes, I’m also interested in the computer classes.

A: Where is Mission Campus located?
B: It’s at 106 Bartlett Street.
A: Is it near 22nd Street?
B: Yes, it is. It’s on the corner of Bartlett and 22nd.
A: When is the first class at Mission Campus?
B: The first class begins at 8:30 am.

A: Could you tell me where the canned soup is?
B: It’s in aisle 3 on the second shelf.
A: Could you tell me where the potatoes are?
B: You’ll find them in the middle of aisle 4, on the bottom shelf.
A: I’m looking for disposable diapers. Where are they?
B: There aren’t any diapers in this store. You’ll find them at Walgreens. It’s on Mission Street.

A: Do you live on Mission Street?
B: No, I don’t. I live on Noe Street.
A: Do you live on the top of the hill?
B: No, I don’t. I live on the bottom of the hill.
A: Is there a patio in back of your house?
B: No, there isn’t. But there’s a small garden in front of my house.

A: Could you tell me how to get to Mission Campus?
B: Certainly. Walk up Mission Street to 22nd.
A: This is 18th. Is 22nd four blocks from here?
B: That’s right. Turn right on 22nd. Walk along 22nd.
A: Ok. I turn right on 22nd and walk along 22nd.
B: Yes. You’ll see Mission Campus on the left, at the corner of Bartlett and 22nd.

A: Can you tell me how to get to the post office?
B: Sure. Walk along 22nd Street to South Van Ness.
A: Let’s see. Walk along 22nd Street to South Van Ness. Is that what you said?
B: Yes. When you reach South Van Ness, turn right.
A: So I turn right on South Van Ness.
B: Yes. Walk up South Van Ness, and you’ll see the
post office on the right, at the corner of South Van Ness and 23rd.

A: I’m trying to reach Mr. Parker. Is he at home?
B: No, he isn’t at home right now. He’s at school.
A: I tried to reach him at school, but I couldn’t.
B: You couldn’t reach him at school? He must be at work.
A: No, I tried to get him at work. He wasn’t there.
B: That’s right. He’s at the laundromat. I forgot.

A: You can buy the book for this class at the bookstore.
B: Could you tell me where the bookstore is?
A: Yes, it’s on the first floor.
B: Is it near the entrance of the building?
A: Yes. As you enter the building, you’ll see it on the left.
B: Okay. As I enter the building, it’ll be on my left.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Grammartalk 16, Page 2 - Present, Unreal Conditional

"Portrait of Mary Cassatt" by Edgar Degas, 1880-1884

A: If I weren't really hungry right now, I wouldn't eat this pizza.
S: I wouldn't eat the whole thing if I were you. If you eat that pizza, you might get sick.
A: I wouldn't get sick unless I ate two extra large pizzas. This one is just a medium.
S: If it didn't have all that sausage and pepperoni on it, it would be healthier.
A: Thanks for your advice, but I really don't think I'll be any the worse for having eaten it. S: If I were you, I would eat less pizza and more fruits and vegetables.
A: If I had some beer right now, this pizza would taste a million times better.

A: My work schedule has been changed. If I had the same schedule as before, I could attend class.
B: Many students have the same problem. If employers understood the importance of learning English, they wouldn't make it impossible for students to go to school.
A: If I didn't have to make a living, I wouldn't let my job stand in the way of my education.
S: The teacher understands your situation. He will welcome you back when you're able to attend school again.
A: If I didn't have to miss so many classes, I would be able to progress to the next level.
B: You would be exposed to more English if you had to speak it at your work place.

A: Would you like to go swimming at the pool this weekend?
S: I don't know how to swim. If I knew how to swim, I'd like nothing better than to go swimming.
A: Professor Hopkins is giving a lecture on modern painting tomorrow night. How about going with me? S: Thanks for asking, but I don't really enjoy modern painting. If I appreciated it more, I'd really like to attend that lecture.
A: Let's not stay home and watch TV tonight. There really isn't much on. Let's go to the movies instead.
B: Unfortunately, I saw the Entertainment Section today. There are no movies I'm especially interested in. If there were an interesting movie, I'd certainly like to go and see it.

A: Mr. Atkins, I'd like to talk to you about your orchard. You have far too many apple trees in it.
S: Thanks. I think so too. If I didn't have such a large orchard, I wouldn't have so many apple trees.
A: And if you didn't have so many apples, you'd be able to sell them all and make more money.
S: If more people came to the farmer's market, I'd sell a larger quantity of apples.
A: You should sell some of your orchard to a developer. He could build some nice houses.
B: No way. If I sold my land to a developer, I would have too many noisy neighbors.

A: I wish I weren't so busy. If I weren't so busy, I would be able to take a break once in a while.
S: You don't relax enough. If you relaxed more and didn't drink so much coffee, you'd feel a lot calmer.
A: I like to stay busy. When I'm real busy, I don't have time to worry about my problems.
B: You shouldn't run around like a chicken with its head cut off. If I were you, I'd stay home and read instead of going to another party.
A: If I were twenty-five, I wouldn't worry about my overactive lifestyle. But I'm afraid it's going to catch up with me some day.
B: You would feel a lot more relaxed if you took a short afternoon nap once in a while.

A: Would you mind if I asked you some advice? I'm considering getting married next month.
S: I hope you're not thinking of marrying Karl Woodruff. He's rich but he's not very nice. You would be miserable together.
A: If I married Karl Woodruff, would I be making a terrible mistake?
B: Yes. To tell the truth, I wouldn't marry that idiot if I were you. If you looked around, you'd find a better boyfriend.
A: So, what kind of guy do you think I should marry? Do you have any bright ideas?
B: Yes. I think you should marry my brother Ralph. If you married him, you'd be very happy in my opinion.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Grammartalk 15, Page Three, Modal Plus Present Perfect

"Around the Fish" Paul Klee, 1926

A: I can't find Charlie's Restaurant in the phone book. It used to be so popular.
B: He must have gone out of business. I'm not surprised. The quality has been going downhill in recent years.
A: The chef he had working for him was top notch. The food was really exceptional.
B: That chef must have quit. He might have found a higher paying restaurant.
A: It's really a shame. Charlie's Restaurant was one of the best places for seafood in town.
B: We must have eaten there more than fifty times, but that's a rough guess.

A: I'm really frustrated. Every time I call this number, I get their voice mail.
B: It's twelve thirty. They must have gone out to lunch. What's the problem?
A: I'm having trouble with this new printer. I'm trying to get some advice from technical support.
B: The power light isn't on. You must not have plugged it in.
A: My God. How could I have forgotten to plug it in? That's what's wrong, of course.
B: Try plugging it in and see if that solves your problem. If not, you might have to take your printer back to the place you bought it.

A: How is the investigation proceeding, Detective Polumbo? Are you any closer to solving the mystery?
B: I have several important clues. You see those muddy foot prints? They must have been left by the killer.
A: That's unlikely, sir. Look at your own shoes. You must have tracked mud in here yourself.
B: Hmm. You're right. These prints are exactly my shoe size.
A: Any other important clues to report?
B: I just analyzed the bullet wound. It must have been caused by a Smith and Wesson revolver.
A: That's exactly the kind of revolver you're carrying. You must be the murderer!

A: Do you know where my reading glasses are? I thought I left them on the bookshelf.
B: I saw them on your briefcase next to the kitchen table.
A: I must have used them to read the morning paper. Then, I must have just set them on the briefcase absentmindedly.
B: Be careful where you leave your glasses. Some day, you might lose them.
A: Do you have any idea where my briefcase is? I must have searched everywhere for it.
B: I think it's in the kitchen. Don't you remember? I just told you that your glasses are sitting on it.

A: You very tired today, aren't you? You must not have slept very well last night.
B: Every morning, I get up at five. That means I have to be in bed asleep no later than ten.
A: So, you must have gone to bed too late. When did you finally fall asleep?
B: I didn't fall asleep until around two in the morning. I was too nervous to sleep.
A: I know. You're a fan of horror movies. You must have seen a really scary movie on TV before you went to bed last night. Right or wrong?
B: You guessed it. I saw "Night of The Serial Killers." It was one of the worst movies I've ever seen. And, it scared the daylights out of me.

A: Judy has been smiling all day long, and she hasn't been concentrating on her work.
B: She must have had a good time on her date last night. She went out with Jeff Hoyle again.
A: But she has gone out with Jeff Hoyle before. She has never been this happy the next day.
B: I think he finally must have proposed to her. That's why she's acting so distracted.
A: Is that why she keeps looking at that ring on her finger instead of typing reports?
B: It's definitely an engagement ring. The diamond is huge. It must have cost a fortune.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Grammartalk 8, Present Perfect Progressive Tense, Page Two

"The Farmyard" Marc Chagall, 1957

A: You’ve been yawning all day. What’s up?
B: I haven’t been sleeping very well lately.
A: That’s a shame. Why haven’t you been sleeping?
B: I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night a lot.
A: You should try drinking Nighty Night tea. It will help you sleep.
B: That’s a good idea. I haven’t been doing anything about my sleeping problem.

A: You’ve been acting nervous all day. What’s up?
B: I’m going to fly in an airplane tomorrow.
A: Haven’t you ever flown in an airplane before?
B: No, I haven’t. I’ve been worrying about it for weeks.
A: Don’t worry! I’ve been flying in airplanes for years.
B: OK. I guess there’s nothing to be nervous about.

A: Toshi has been living in a small town in Japan all his life.
B: Yes, and now he’s going to move to San Francisco.
A: He’s nervous, because he’s never studied English.
B: His cousins have been studying English for years.
A: They’ll be able to help him.
B: Toshi has been speaking Japanese all his life.

A: Toshi has never shopped at an American supermarket.
B: Toshi’s cousins have been shopping in American supermarkets for years.
A: That’s great. They’ll be able to help him to adjust.
B: Toshi has been eating only Japanese food.
A: His cousins have been eating hamburgers for years.
B: They’ve also been having stomach problems.

A: Toshi has been taking his girlfriend to the movies for years.
B: Now, Toshi will have to leave his girlfriend.
A: Toshi’s cousins have been dating in America for years.
B: That’s nice. They’ll be able to introduce him to their friends.
A: Toshi has never left his small town in Japan.
B: His cousins have been traveling around for years.

A: How are you feeling, Mr. Jackson?
B: Well, Doctor, I’ve been having a back problem.
A: How long have you been having this problem?
B: It’s been bothering me for two weeks.
A: Have you ever had a back problem before?
B: No, I haven’t. This is the first time.

A: How is your appetite? Have you been eating well lately?
B: I’ve been eating a balanced diet, I think.
A: A lot of people have been coming to me with back problems recently.
B: What do you usually recommend?
A: I’ve been advising my patients to exercise regularly.

A: This is a list of exercises. Do them twice a day.
B: Have you other patients been using these exercises.
A: Yes, they have. And they’ve been getting good results.
B: Well, thank you. Frankly, I haven’t been exercising much.
A: It’s not easy to make time to exercise. But, try it.
B: I’ve been thinking about exercise for a long time.

A: Mario has been assembling cameras since 7 A.M.
B: Really? How many cameras has he assembled?
A: He’s assembled 19 cameras so far.
B: He’s never assembled that many cameras in one day before.
A: I know. Fortunately, he only has to assemble one more camera. Then, he can go home.
B: I bet he’s looking forward to a break.

A: Judy has been typing letters since 9 A.M.
B: Really? How many letters has she typed so far?
A: She’s typed 25 letters today, and she’s tired.
B: She’s never typed that many letters in one day before.
A: I know that. Fortunately, she only has to type one more letter. Then, she can go home.
B: I bet she’s looking forward to a relaxing dinner.