A 'passive' exercise for Yanko
How’s it going? I’m hoping that you read this blog because I’ve set you an exercise to do as a result of a grammar mistake in your last blog. Let’s take the bull by the horns and start with the language point for today.
‘Capoeira is a combination of dance, ritual and martial arts that developed by African slaves in Brazil the 16th century and nowadays represent a Afro-Brazilian culture and it’s teaching at Physical Education Class in the University’.
The first part of the sentence is a passive construction. Passive means the action of the verb is being done to the subject by someone or something else in the sentence so you need to use the correct form of the verb ‘to be’(is/was/have been etc) and the past participle so it should read ‘that was developed’.
Other corrections in the sentence are missing preposition ‘in the 16th century’, as ‘Afro’ begins with a vowel the article ‘an’ should precede it. Finally, ‘it’s teaching at...’ I’m not entirely sure what you mean but did you want to say ‘it is taught in the PE class at university’(another passive sentence Yanko)
As a short exercise in passive sentences, can you re-write the following active sentences in passive tense?
1) Bodyguards protect the rich and famous
2) Bad weather delayed our flight to Rome.
3) The cat chased the mouse
4) My brother organised the football game
5) The doctor examined my chest.
6) The gardener cut the lawn and trimmed the bushes.
7) Gloves protect your hands from the cold.
8) The child broke a glass vase.
Next a short reply to all the readers comments this week;
Pary from Iran, Raj, Leila, and Silwal Kishor thanks for your comments
Marcella, for a good summary of ‘1984’ by George Orwell, visit
www.bookrags.comand search for the book, then click on book summary.
Tiasha, nice to see you are back blogging, I was wondering what happened to you!
Ana Paula. Very astute comments about the meaning and significance of Animal Farm
Hyoshil, great that you are reading ‘Fahrenheit 451’, do give ‘Animal Farm’ a try in English, you might like it
Kuldeep, thanks for sharing info about dancing in your country
Adek, it’s called “Animal Farm’, this is just the farm name (it was first called Manor Farm when humans owned it), in grammar we could refer to it as the animal’s farm but as a title it has to be Animal Farm
Mercè, The Sky’s Ashes sounds interesting-maybe I’ll seek it out and read it for myself
Paulraj from India, what is it about the traditional dances in your country that you like? Thanks for the comments
Antonio from Lisbon-Portugal and Tanya and Merce the book is often used on English syllabuses and in English curriculums as it is considered a great modern classic by a famous author and is part of the English canon. It has surface and deep meaning, clever use of language, imagery, metaphor and serious underlying social comment. So it’s a text that student’s can really get their teeth into.
Nastya, hi there! You hit the nail on the head about me trying to juggle too many balls...!! Pigs in the book are not only authoritative but also manipulating, deceitful and self-serving!! Hope you enjoyed your 10 days with Alex. What are you doing now you’re not blogging?
Today, I’m just making a fleeting visit to the blog because I’m dead beat, pooped and worn-out(all synonyms for 'tired'!). I was burning the midnight oil last night, sweating and pulling my hair out over that essay I had to do. Finally at 1.46am, I sent the essay to my tutor and crawled into bed...ah relief-NOT because I was woken up by a screaming Teah at 4am who wanted milk and cuddles. So now I’m feeling the worse for wear and need to catch up on some ZZZ’s(sleep). I’ve been teaching all morning and now, Teah is napping so I’m going to get my head down for an hour. I’m hoping I’ll wake up refreshed and then I’ll be able to go out and about and enjoy a Saturday afternoon with my family (and a large glass of red wine tonight to celebrate another essay completed!)
Bye for now, have a great weekend everyone
take the bull by the horns face a difficulty and grapple with it
astute (adj) shrewd and intelligent
curriculum (n) courses of study offered at schools, universities etc
canon (n) a famous group of literary works
get your teeth into something to do something with energy and motivation
fleeting (adj) quick
burning the midnight oil staying up very late
pulling my hair out to be worried and anxious about something
the worse for wear tired from hard work
get my head down go to sleep
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