Mixed Simple/Continuous and review

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Present Continuous/Progressive with adverbs and review

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http://www.englishforeveryone.org/PDFs/Present_Tense_Exercise_23.pdf   – Review of all above

Make vs Do

May 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

an OK example, not great:

Default Re: How do you teach the difference between “make” and “do”?

It might be simpler to say “do” is the act of participation in the activity, where “make” is the production of a thing.• Please make time. – -> create time
• You make dinner. – -> create diner
• You make drawings. – -> create drawing
• You make plans. – -> create plans

** Not all well formed **
• do time. – -> spend time (in jail)
• You do dinner. – -> have dinner
• You do drawings. – -> draw
• You do plans. – -> carry out plans

• Do the dishes. –> wash the dishes
• Do exercises. –> carry out the exercises
• Do it over. –> repeat the action
• Do the report. –>start and finish the report

• Make the dishes. –> create some dishes
• Make exercises. –> create exercises (for students’ homework)
• Make it over. –> create it again
• Make the report. –> create the report

8may class

May 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

1) Form questions with Continuous: note the subject verb structure change
2) Also use To Do – note that Do is not always the verb of the answer.

Example – What are you doing?  I am walking home.

3) Introduce statements/Do as a verb:  I have a list somewhere (ESL About.com)
http://esl.about.com/od/grammarintermediate/a/to_do_uses.htm Here:

The verb to do is used in a number of different ways in English. Here are the main uses of the verb to do for reference, self-study and in-class use. To do can be used as an auxiliary verb, a verb to speak about action in general, as well as combining with many nouns to express taking care of various tasks.


To Do – Main Verb

To do is used as a principal verb in many set phrases used with the various tasks we do around the house and at work. To do is generally used to express tasks we do, rather than things we make. Of course, there are some exceptions to the rules. Here are some of the main set phrases about tasks we do:

do good
do the dishes
do sport
do exercise
do business
do homework
do yard work


I’ll do the dishes if you make dinner.
Sheila tries to do sport at least three times a week.
He’s done that exercise a number of times.

NOTE: To do exercise is used with a number of different types of exercise. Generally, we use ‘play’ with competitive sports, ‘go’ with activities such as walking, riding, and hiking. ‘Do’ is used with exercises such as yoga, karate, etc.


Jennifer did yoga for two hours this morning.
I try to do some exercises like sit-ups and push-ups every morning.
James does pilates at his local gym.

To Do – Auxiliary Verb

To do is also used as an auxiliary verb in the simple tenses. Remember that the auxiliary verb takes the conjugation in English, so the verb to do will change depending on the tense. Remember that ‘to do’ is used as an auxiliary verb only in the question and negative form. Here is a quick review of the tenses that use to doas an auxiliary verb:

Present simple:


She doesn’t like tofu.
Do you enjoy rock ‘n roll?

Past Simple:


Mary didn’t visit her aunt last week.
Did they talk about the economy?

To Do – General Use Verb

To do is used as the main verb when asking general questions about what happens, is happening, is going to happen, etc.


What are you doing?
What will you do?
What have they done?
What do you do on Saturdays?

1may class

May 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

See thb.t15 post 7may.

For the next class I need to prepare an online quiz using the Simple and Continuous forms. Possibly mixed in the same quizzes. If I do that I should break up the quiz into 2. Easy and challenging.

I also need to create a quiz using to Go. Important to include Idioms. And continue to Go idioms in class.

May 1st

May 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

http://www.englishforeveryone.org/PDFs/Verb_Tenses_Diagram.pdf  chart that shows the verb tenses of to Be.

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