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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
Use the grammar

Maria and John are talking about Maria's exam results. Continue the following conversation, using agreements with auxiliary verbs where appropriate.

Maria:... so I got the highest grade in the class.
John:Yes, Maria, you did.
Maria:I mean, that's not an easy thing to do!
John:No Maria, it isn't.
Maria: Because Chemistry is really hard, you know!
John:I know it is.


Ashy, India
Maria: but nothing is impossible
John: No, it isn't.
Maria: You know, I will never give up eventhough it sounds difficult.
John: I know you will not.
Maria: Next time I shall have the highest grade.
John : Yes, you shall.

Catherine says:
Hi Ashy, Moeoowau! What a nice little dialogue! All your pronouns and auxilliary verbs are correct, and I like the way you have used modals like will and shall - well done!

Don't forget, Ashy, in spoken English, people often shorten will not to won't, so John could say: I know you won't.

Thanks again, Ashy!
Catherine



Vandy, India
Maria: Moreover our chemistry teacher didn't teach us properly.
John : Yes. She did not.
Maria: I have got the highest grade last year too.
John : Yes, you did.

Catherine says:
Thanks for your dialogue, Vandy! All the auxilliary verbs in your dialogue are correct - well done!

You need to check your use of Yes and No Vandy. When we agree with a positive statement, we say Yes, and when we agree with a negative statement, we say No.

So you should have written:

Maria: Moreover our chemistry teacher didn't teach us properly.
John : No. she did not.

We also need to look at your use of tenses. in you final sentence you mention a specific past time (last year) so you need to use the past simple, not the present perfect. Your sentence should read:

Maria: I got the highest grade last year too.

Keep logging on to Grammar Challenge, Vandy!
Catherine



Razzak, Bangladesh
Maria: Now, I should go to the class.
John: You are right, you should.
Maria: You know, it is needed to be present at the class to perform a good result for anybody.
John: I know it is.
Maria: Actually, Math is not easy to me.
John: No, it is not.
Maria: It takes so much time.
John: Yes, it does.
Maria: You will help me.
John: Of course, I will.

Catherine says:
Hi Razzak, and thanks for your dialogue! You've done a really good job here, Razzak: all the agreements are correctly formed - well done!

This couplet sounds a little strange, though.
Maria: You will help me.
John: Of course, I will.

I think Maria would be more likely to ask a question here, like this:

Maria: Will you help me?
John: Of course, I will.

That's all from me, Razzak!
Catherine



Moeoowau, Myanmar
Maria: And I also tried very hard in Physics.
John: Yes, You did.
Maria: so, I am the most outstanding student in the class!
John: Yes, You are.
Maria: My parents will be very happy to hear it.
John: yes, they will. Maria: Do you envy in me? John: Yes, I do.

Catherine says:
Nice work, Moeoowau! You have used the correct pronouns and auxilliary verbs in all your examples - well done!

A word about punctuation, Moeoowau: in these agreements, you don't have to use a capital letter for the pronouns which follow 'Yes,...' (or 'No,...'). You have written:

John: Yes, You did.
Maria: so, I am the most outstanding student in the class!
John: Yes, You are.

With correct punctuation this would read:
John: Yes, you did.
Maria: so, I am the most outstanding student in the class!
John: Yes, you are.

Also, there is no prepostion with 'envy' - just write 'do you envy me?'

Thanks again, Moeoowau!
Catherine



Guthemberg, Brazil
Maria: And I've never been interesting student in Chemistry.
John: Indeed, you haven't.
Maria: But now it has changed.
John: Yes, it really has.
Maria: It made me feel better.
John: Yes, it did.
Maria: And it's very important to keep me motivade, isn't it?
John: For sure it is.

Catherine says:
Nice work, Guthemberg! All the pronouns and auxilliary verbs in your examples are correct - well done! I also like the way you have used a variety of words to signal agreement. Mixing words like indeed, yes and for sure helps the dialogue to sound much more natural.

You need to check your spelling, Guthemberg: you have written 'motivade' - but the correct spelling of this adjective is motivated.

There is also a problem with the adjective in this sentence:

Maria: And I've never been interesting student in Chemistry.
To identify and correct this mistake, may I suggest that you take a look at the Grammar Challenge programme about -ed and -ing adjectives ? I'm sure you'll find it very useful.

Thanks again for your dialogue, Guthemberg!

Catherine




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