Apr 18, 2010

The Stepford Wives: Participial Adjectives as Noun Modifiers

This remake of The Stepford Wives is not as good as the original movie, but it has great moments like the one I used to have students practice participial adjectives that are used as noun modifiers. My students had a blast watching it and this dry grammar point became attractive to them.

A. Rewrite each sentence containing an underlined object pronoun, using a participial adjective as a noun modifier.

1. The guests were invited to join the square dance. They started dancing in the ballroom.

Ex: The invited guests started dancing in the ballroom.

2. The ballroom was decorated. It had 4th of July thematic ornaments.

3. Some guests were extremely excited. They were dancing happily.

4. A man spun the blonde lady very enthusiastically. She couldn't stop turning around in circles.

5. The guests were intrigued. They couldn't stop looking at that odd scene.

6. The hostess, the players and the guests were surprised by her behavior. They stopped what they were doing to watch the scene.

7. The lady got hurt when she fell on the floor. She seemed to have a serious health problem.

B. Work in pairs:

1. Describe the scene.

2. What do you think happened to the beautiful blonde lady?

3. Why did that happen?

4. What would you do if you were one of the guests?



Answer key:

1. The invited guests

2. The decorated ballroom

3. The excited guests

4. The spun lady

5. The intrigued guests

6. The surprised hostess, players and guests

7. The hurt lady


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Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks, Carmen. I'm glad to hear that. Let me know what your blog URL is so I can visit it, OK? If there is anything I can do,let me know.

jamil said...

Good video. You can share more comedy videos because i like it so much.

Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks for the feedback and suggestion, Jamil. I always try to use all kinds of movies because there are students who like comedy, thriller, animation, drama and so on. Having different kinds of movies will always be handy. But I agree with you, comedies are great for the classroom. Thanks!

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Claudio Azevedo said...

Hey, Chiew

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