Friday, March 31, 2017

Vocabulary Task

Russian desman

1.     For example, the _____ uses underground burrows with entrances below the surface of ponds or streams.
2.     They attached him in various ways – with _____ questions, ingenious suppositions and distant surmises; but he eluded the skill of the mall, and they were at last obliged to accept the second- hand intelligence of their neighbor Lady Lucas.
3.     They were in fact very fine ladies; not deficient in good humour when they were pleased, nor in the power of making themselves agreeable when they chose it, but proud and _____.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

French Omelet

For a very small omelet beat 2 whole eggs and the yokes of two more until a full spoonful can be taken up. Add 3 tablespoonfuls of water, 1/4 of a teaspoonful of salt, and a dash1 of pepper, and when well mixed turn into a hot pan, in which a tablespoonful of butter has been melted, lift the edges up carefully and let the uncooked part run under. When all is cooked, garnish2 with parsley.
1.     Dash - a small amount of a substance added to food or drink to give it a special flavour
2.     Garnish -to add something to a dish of food to make it look more attractive

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Subject + Predicate

 A sentence is made up of distinct parts or elements. The essential or PRINCIPAL ELEMENTS are the Subject and the Predicate.
The SUBJECT of a sentence is the part which mentions that about which something is said. The PREDICATE is the part which states that which is said about the subject. Ex: Man walks. In this sentence, man is the subject, and walks is the predicate.
The subject may be simple or modified: that is, may consist of the subject alone, or of the subject with its modifiers. The same is true of the predicate. Thus, in the sentence, Man walks, there is a simple subject and a simple predicate. In the sentence, The good man walks very rapidly, there is a modified subject and a modified predicate.
There may be, also, more than one subject connected with the same predicate. Ex: THE MAN AND THE WOMAN walk. This is called a COMPOUND SUBJECT. A COMPOUND PREDICATE consists of more than one predicate used with the same subject. Ex: The man BOTH WALKS AND RUNS.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Words have different uses in sentences. According to their uses, words are divided into classes called Parts of Speech.
The parts of speech are as follows:
1. NOUN - a word used as the name of something. Ex: man, box, Pittsburgh, Harry, silence, justice.
2. PRONOUN - a word used instead of a noun. Ex: I, he, it, that.
Nouns, pronouns, or groups of words that are used as nouns or pronouns, are called by the general term - SUBSTANTIVES.
3. ADJECTIVE - a word used to limit or qualify the meaning of a noun or a pronoun. Ex: good, five, tall, many.
A, an, and the are words used to modify nouns or pronouns. They are adjectives, but are usually called ARTICLES.
4. VERB - a word used to state something about some person or thing. Ex: do, see, think, make.
5. ADVERB - a word used to modify the meaning of a verb, an adjective, or another adverb. Ex: very, slowly, clearly, often.
6. PREPOSITION - a word used to join a substantive, as a modifier, to some other preceding word, and to show the relation of the substantive to that word. Ex: by, in, between, beyond.
7. CONJUNCTION - a word used to connect words, phrases, clauses, and sentences. Ex: and, but, if, although, or.
8. INTERJECTION - a word used to express surprise or emotion. Ex: Oh! Alas! Hurrah! Bah!
Sometimes a word adds nothing to the meaning of the sentence, but helps to fill out its form or sound, and serves as a device to alter its natural order. Such a word is called an EXPLETIVE. In the following sentence there  is an expletive: There are no such books in print.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Types of Sentences

In thinking we arrange and associate ideas and objects together. Words are the symbols of ideas or objects. A SENTENCE is a group of words that expresses a single complete thought.
 SENTENCES are of four kinds:
1. DECLARATIVE - a sentence that tells or declares something. Ex: That book is mine.
2. IMPERATIVE - a sentence that expresses a command. Ex: Bring me that book.
3. INTERROGATIVE - a sentence that asks a question. Ex: Is that book mine?
4. EXCLAMATORY - a declarative, imperative, or interrogative sentence that expresses violent emotion, such as terror, surprise, or anger. Ex: You shall take that book! Can that book be mine?