Aug 29, 2010

The Longest Yard: The Subjunctive

A. The subjunctive form of a verb is used following verbs or adjectives of urgency, obligation or advisability. Write the words below under the correct column.

Demand - Critical - Insist - Crucial - Propose - Desirable - Request - Essential - Recommend - Important - Suggest - Necessary - Imperative


Ex: Demand / Critical


Verbs and adjectives that don't express urgency, obligation or advisability don't need the subjunctive

B. Now watch the movie segment and choose the correct alternative for the items below. Make sure you decide whether you will use affirmative or negative form according to the information presented in the movie segment.

1. Paul Crewe thinks that the police are / aren't / be / not be party poopers.

2. It's essential that a drunk driver respects / doesn't respect / respect / not respect a police officer.

3. The officer demanded that Paul left / didn't leave / leave / not leave the vehicle.

4. It's critical that Paul drinks / doesn't drink / drink / not drink while or before driving.

5. According to the reporter, it's imperative that a football player is / isn't / be / not be accused of shaving points*.

* Shaving points in football is to articificially control the score of the game (using the players) so the game score comes in within a certain range. Usually done to manipulate the Las Vegas betting odds.

6. Paul's girlfriend insisted that he got / didn't get / get / not get one more scratch on her car.

7. He hoped everyone liked / didn't like / like / not like the accident he caused.

8. It is crucial that Paul gets / doesn't get / get / not get arrested because of the absurd mess he caused to the city.

C. Class discussion:

- What should happen to Paul Crewe? Should he go to jail, have an alternative sentence like helping the community or assist in institutions, or something else? For how long? Explain it.



Answer Key:
1. are
2. respect
3. leave
4. not drink
5. not be
6. not get
7. liked
8. get

Aug 22, 2010

Year One: Future with Be Going To

This movie has funny moments, but I don't strongly recommend it. This scene is appropriate to contrast the uses of be going to in order to express the future.

Read the sentences that were taken from or made about the segment from the movie Year One. Decide the reason the structure to be going to is used and write it in the parentheses.

A. To refer to our plans and intentions: We're going to move to London next year. (= the plan is in our minds now.)

B. To make predictions based on present evidence: Look at those clouds - it's going to pour with rain! (= It's clear from what I can see now.)

1. I'm going to change my head. ( )

2. I'm going to eat the forbidden fruit. ( )

3. Eating a fruit is not going to change your entire life. ( )

4. He's going to ask some questions to test if his friend got more intelligent. ( )

5. The snake is going to constrict him. ( )

6. The snake is going to eat him. ( )

7. He's going to die a virgin. ( )

8. I'm going to go eat more fruit. ( )



Answer key:

Aug 15, 2010

My Life in Ruins: Like to (Verb) x Like (Noun)

I like this comedy a lot. It shows Greece and tourists visiting the country with a fun, critic view about tour guides and tourists. I used this scene for the students to decide whether to use LIKE or LIKE TO, a simple grammar point beginners get confused with.

I. Watch the movie segment and circle the best alternative.

1. When people come to Greece, they like / like to see the ancient ruins.

2. Tourists also like / like to bask in history.

3. They like / like to be a part of the birthplace of civilization.

4. She likes / likes to the beauty and architecture of ancient Greece.

5. She doesn't like / doesn't like to modern Greece.

6. She also doesn't like / like to work as a tourist guide.

II. Write down 4 sentences saying what you like about the city where you live and and 4 sentences about what you like to do there.


I like the city park

I like to ride a bike near the lake.



Aug 1, 2010

The Proposal: Past Perfect x Past Perfect Continuous

Romantic comedies are not my favorite kind of movie, but they usually have great scenes for grammar. This one is no exception. I think this is one of the funniest scenes involving dogs that I have ever seen. I used it to practice contrasting the past perfect and the past perfect continuous tenses.

A. Fill in the blanks with the past perfect or the past perfect continuous form of the verbs in parentheses. When both are possible, use the past perfect continuous.

1. She _______________ (leave) the house when the dog started following her outside.

2. She _________________(talk) on the phone for a few minutes when the eagle fetched the dog.

3. The eagle _____________ (fly) with the dog in its claws when she threw the phone at the bird.

4. The eagle ___________ (drop) the dog when she caught him before he hit the ground.

5. She ______________ (run) away from the eagle when it suddenly took her phone from her hands.

6. She _________________ (carry) the dog around the yard when her fiance and his family finally saw her there.

7. She ___________(let) the dog go when the couple held each other in the garden.
Answer Key:

1.had left
2. had been talking
3. had been flying
4. had dropped
5. had been running
6. had been carrying
7. had let