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Grammar Challenge
 

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- Practice Quiz 1

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- Practice Quiz 2

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- Use The Grammar
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Were your parents strict when you were a child? What rules did they have? Did they ever give you any warnings, commands, invitations, encouragement etc.? Use this week's grammar to tell us about it.

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Sonali, India
when i had come to London my mother had given me many instractions. She told me to stay safe there. She encoureged me to improve my english. my brother ordered me to bring some T shirts from London.
I think my sentences are right.

Catherine says:
Hi Sonali!

Your sentences are lovely! You have used the verb - object - to - infinitive structure correctly every time - well done!!!

There are 3 things I'd like to mention though. The first is the correct spelling of encouraged (you have written 'encoureged') and instructions (not 'instractions')

Next, you need to look at punctuation. You need to use capital letters at the beginning of every sentence, and for proper nouns like 'English' and 'I'.

You also need to think about tenses: you've used the past perfect in your first sentence, when the simple past would probably be more suitable. So you should have written: 'When I came to London my mother gave me many instructions'

Keep logging on to Grammar Challenge, Sonali!!
Catherine



Farhana, Malaysia
Of course they were as I'm the only daughter in my family. When I was a child, they always warned me not to wander outside of the house alone. They encouraged me to stay at home to read story books until I became fond of reading. As a matter of fact, I used to beg my father to read me story books every time he came home from work. However, my mother was stricter than my father as she always reminded me to finish all my schoolwork. There was once she would sit besides me and ordered me to do my schoolwork because I hadn't complete it.

Catherine says:
Great work, Farhana! You sound like you have very loving parents.

You've used the grammar from this week's programme very well too, Farhana, especially with the negative sentence 'they always warned me not to wander...'.

You need to check your use of 'would', Farhana: we don't usually use 'would' to talk about things that only happened once. So your sentence 'There was once she would sit besides me' sounds a bit odd. It would probably be better to write: 'One time she sat beside (not 'besides') me...'

That's all from me, Farhana!!
Catherine



George, Cyprus
When I was a child my mother always ordered me not to playing football in the house because I was breaking things all the time. My mother encouraged me to read books to improve my language skills and my imagination. My father loves going for excursions and when I was a kid he was pleasing my mother to go excursions all the family during the weekends. He was also taking me to football matches and he encouraged me to handle with sports.

Catherine says:
Thanks for your message, George! I get the impression you are a sporty type... Let's look at some of your sentences.

First, we need to check your use of infinitives. In this sentence: 'my mother always ordered me not to playing football' you have used an -ing form: you should have used the verb - object - to - infinitive structure to write 'my mother always ordered me not to play football'.

I think another of your sentences could be re-written too: 'he was pleasing my mother to go excursions all the family during the weekends' might sound better if you said 'he pleased my mother by going on excursions with all the family at weekends.'

I'm not sure about your vocabulary choice in this sentence: 'he encouraged me to handle with sports.' I think you mean to say 'he encouraged me to get involved with sports.'

Thanks again for your comment, George!!
Catherine



Roya, Iran
My father would like to play with him and encouraged us (my brother and me) to play, to run and to enjoy especialy our holiday. He asked to read book and magazin. He commanded less than Mum. My mother told us to pack our clothes, our beds. She ordered not to run, not jump not play. We was thinking my father is kinder than Mum. My mother had 4 little children and I think it was hard to manage our home. She was very clean and forbaded to play in our home, when my father wasn't in the home, we played playing-teacher and chess.

Catherine says:
Nice to hear from you, Roya! It sounds like you grew up in a very caring home. Let's have a look at what you have written.

Your first sentence needs a couple of corrections. You need an object for the first verb, and you also need to think about tenses, so you should have written: 'My father used to like to play with us ...' The next part of this sentence needs a reflexive pronoun for the verb 'enjoy, and there is a missing preposition too. Here is a corrected version:

'...and encouraged us (my brother and me) to play, to run and to enjoy ourselves, especially during our holiday.'

You need an object in this next bit: 'He asked to read book and magazin.' You also need to think about plural forms. Here is a corrected version:

He asked us to read books and magazines.

The next bit needs a couple of changes too. Here they are in bold: 'My mother told us to pick up our clothes, and make our beds.' - but you have used the verb - object - to - infinitive structure very well here, Roya!

In the next one, you need to add an object, like this: She ordered us not to run, or jump or play. And I expect you noticed I changed not to or in a couple of places too.

This next sentence would be better in the simple past tense: 'We was thinking my father is kinder than Mum.' It should read 'We thought my father was kinder than Mum.'

One more to go, Roya, and again there is a missing object - remember, the structure we are using here is verb - object - to - infinitive. Here is the corrected version: 'She was very clean and forbade us (not 'forbaded') to play in our home'

Well Roya, I thought your piece was very nice, even though there were quite a few corrections. Remember to use an object with this structure in future!!!

Thanks very much for writing to us, Roya!!
Catherine



Maripaz, Spain
Unfortunately, I grew up without father, because he died when I was nine months old. So that my mum was very strict with me, because she used to say to me that she was dad and mum. She used to warn to me about the dangers of the life. She ordered me to be at home before 10 o`clock. She didn`t allow to me to spend the night at my friends' home. She forbad me to go travelling without her. She encouraged to study at the University. She did her best. She died 7 years ago. I miss her.

Catherine says:
Thanks for your message Maripaz: your mother sounds like a very special and wise woman. You've used a lot of verb - object - to - infinitive structures here Maripaz, most of them very well! But let's look at one or two of them more closely. Firstly, there are a couple of extra words in this one: 'She used to warn to me about the dangers of the life.' It should read:

She used to warn me about the dangers of life.

And in this one, the object is missing: 'She encouraged to study at the University'. It should read:

She encouraged me to study at the University.

One more correction I'd like to point out is in this sentence: 'Unfortunately, I grew up without father, because he died when I was nine months old. So that my mum was very strict with me...' It would read better like this:

'Unfortunately, I grew up without a father, because he died when I was nine months old. Because of that my mum was very strict with me...'

Thanks for sharing your memories with us, Maripaz!
Catherine




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