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Re: Pls help me with this question!

Postby lemofish » Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:15 am

ppnqq wrote:
lemofish wrote:John, together with his parents,____at the concert last night.

1) is 2) are 3)was 4)were

Is the answer (3) or (4)?

Thanks.


It should be singular. A simple quick to remember trick - sentences like this with 2 commas in between, just ignore the sentence between the commas : "John ____ at the concert last night." HTH.


Hi ppnqq,
Thanks so much for your help!

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Re: Pls help me with this question!

Postby Brenda10 » Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:15 am

lemofish wrote:John, together with his parents,____at the concert last night.

1) is 2) are 3)was 4)were

Is the answer (3) or (4)?

Thanks.


The answer should be 3) was if I'm not wrong

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Re: Pls help me with this question!

Postby The Alternative Story » Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:56 pm

lemofish wrote:
ppnqq wrote:
lemofish wrote:John, together with his parents,____at the concert last night.

1) is 2) are 3)was 4)were

Is the answer (3) or (4)?

Thanks.


It should be singular. A simple quick to remember trick - sentences like this with 2 commas in between, just ignore the sentence between the commas : "John ____ at the concert last night." HTH.


Hi ppnqq,
Thanks so much for your help!


Hi lemofish,

The answer is 'was'. Like what ppnqq mentioned, the information
between the commas is extra information. Hence you just need
to focus on the person mentioned in front - John. And to know
which tense should be used, 'last night' indicates it is in the
past. Hence the answer is 'was'.

For most grammar questions, it is good to get your child to always
look out for 2 clues: 1) clues to tell you if the verb is singular
or plural
2) clues to tell you if the action done is in the past
or present tense


TAS

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Re: Pls help me with this question!

Postby starlight1968sg » Tue Oct 19, 2010 3:00 pm

The Alternative Story wrote:
The answer is 'was'. Like what ppnqq mentioned, the information
between the commas is extra information. Hence you just need
to focus on the person mentioned in front - John. And to know
which tense should be used, 'last night' indicates it is in the
past. Hence the answer is 'was'.

For most grammar questions, it is good to get your child to always
look out for 2 clues: 1) clues to tell you if the verb is singular
or plural
2) clues to tell you if the action done is in the past
or present tense


TAS

Hi TAS,
Thanks for sharing again. Another case is : as well as.
Eg:
Mary, as well as her parents, likes to travel.
Correct ??? :roll:

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Re: Pls help me with this question!

Postby The Alternative Story » Tue Oct 19, 2010 3:16 pm

starlight1968sg wrote:Hi TAS,
Thanks for sharing again. Another case is : as well as.
Eg:
Mary, as well as her parents, likes to travel.
Correct ??? :roll:


Hi starlight,

No problem :wink:

Yes, the example you have given is another case when
the 'double comma' rule applies.

TAS

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Postby Dec » Sat Oct 23, 2010 2:42 am

Hi,

My girl just started her creative writing class at one of the enrichment centre.
Oh no! Are these the correct english creative writing !! :!:
My girl keeps telling me that the teacher teaches and spell for her.

1)She frowned and sat with her folded.

2)Mother's face tell when she saw my stained shirt.

3)He shook his head disappovingly. (wrong spelling)

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Postby optimistforum » Sat Oct 23, 2010 7:16 pm

Hi TAS

I hope you are well?

I have two questions for you. Part 1 is below, and Part 2 will be in the next thread.

Part 1

I am having problems with using the adverb "ONLY" in the following questions.

Can someone review my answers please, my answers are below in bold?

1. John had three pencils and lost two.
2. No other girl but Ellen was late for school.
3. Sam was the youngest in his class, as he was seven and all the others were eight or more years old.
4. It rained on Wednesday. Every other day in the week was fine.
5. If you asked me I could have gone with you.
6. There had been two hundred thousand soldiers in the army. But half of them now remained after the battle.


Here are my answers:
1. John only has one pencil because he lost two.
2. Only Ellen was late for school.
3. In his class, only Sam was seven.
4. It only rained on Wednesday.
5. If only you had asked me, I could have gone with you.
6. Only half of the two hundred thousand soldiers in the army remained after the battle.
Last edited by optimistforum on Sun Oct 24, 2010 6:14 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Postby optimistforum » Sun Oct 24, 2010 6:03 am

Hi TAS

I hope you are well?

Here is the second of the two questions for you. It is on the use of the participial form.

Part 2

Hello, can someone please approve the following answers:

Notice the following

(A) Shouting as they advanced, the soldiers stormed the enemy stronghold.
(B) Shouting as they advanced, the enemy stronghold was stormed by the soldiers.

The first of these groups is a good sentence; the second is not. Can you tell why?

From the following, write the good sentences only (my answers at bottom page):

1. Leaving aside his fork, the gardener wheeled his barrow from the vegetable plot.
2. Mounting his horse, the messenger rode off at top speed.
3. Feeling rested, the journey was resumed by the traveller.
4. Cycling carelessly down the street, an accident occurred.
5. Having obtained the teacher’s permission, the girls went home.
6. Having bought a ball, a game was played by the boys.
7. Rounding the bend, the castle was sighted.
8. Having settled with the bully, I continued on my way.
9. Strolling through the wood, the boy discovered an unused tunnel.
10. Mooning at her work, mistakes were made by the girl.
11. Closing the gate, the farmer drove the cattle down the lane.
12. Having worked hard, a prize was gained by the girl.

Answers:

1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 11
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Postby looneytunezz » Mon Oct 25, 2010 12:05 am

Hi TAS,

Your event today was grt! Am really amazed at how your teacher can carry out the event in a busy noisy shopping centre and still get the kids to listen. We like your cool rhythm spelling method especially. My youngest is looking forward to joining your holiday programme :lol:

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Postby The Alternative Story » Mon Oct 25, 2010 12:45 am

optimistforum wrote:Hi TAS

I hope you are well?

I have two questions for you. Part 1 is below, and Part 2 will be in the next thread.

Part 1

I am having problems with using the adverb "ONLY" in the following questions.

Can someone review my answers please, my answers are below in bold?

1. John had three pencils and lost two.
2. No other girl but Ellen was late for school.
3. Sam was the youngest in his class, as he was seven and all the others were eight or more years old.
4. It rained on Wednesday. Every other day in the week was fine.
5. If you asked me I could have gone with you.
6. There had been two hundred thousand soldiers in the army. But half of them now remained after the battle.


Here are my answers:
1. John only has one pencil because he lost two.
2. Only Ellen was late for school.
3. In his class, only Sam was seven.
4. It only rained on Wednesday.
5. If only you had asked me, I could have gone with you.
6. Only half of the two hundred thousand soldiers in the army remained after the battle.


Hi optimistforum,

Yes, we are well. Hope you are doing fine overseas as well :wink:

I am not too sure what you are asking here, your answers
are all correct. However, perhaps for question no. 3, it would be
better to have 'years old' added after 'seven'.

Are you asking if these statements are grammatically correct or
are these synthesis questions? Perhaps you could explain how
'only' is a source of problem to you then we could have a better
idea on how to help :wink:

TAS

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