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Instructions: Give the student the sentences in the second column (Sentences to be Corrected). Students write corrected sentences and turn them in to the teacher to be checked.
Are he helping the children?
He be not sleeping!
|The principal is working.
Is he helping the children?
He is not sleeping.
teacher are not singing?
He playing a guitar.
We am no listening.
|Is the music teacher not singing?
He is playing the guitar.
We are not listening.
am cleaning the school.
She not is eating.
Is she wash the tables?
|The custodian is cleaning the school.
She is not eating.
Is she washing the table.
She am writing a letter.
I not is talking.
|What is the secretary doing?
She is writing a letter.
I am not talking.
||What is P.E.
He showing a game.
The girl no is watch.
|What is the P.E. teacher doing?
He is showing a game.
The girl is not watching.
Assessment can be made on three levels in Daily Grammar Sentences:
Present Continuous is used in English to show that you
are in the middle of doing something at this precise moment – the action
has already started and it has not finished yet. Form it with the verb
to be followed by another verb in its ing form. Be careful with verbs
that “drop the silent e” or “double a letter” before adding the ing ending!
The system of auxiliary verbs is often one of the most difficult areas for learners to perfect, especially if their native language does not involve conjugations for different cases (e.g. many Asian languages).
Often it is helpful to show the students a chart of the conjugations:
|first person||I am||we are|
|second person||you are||you are|
|third person||he is
Key points to understand are the different pronouns and the different forms of the verb to be. Often this is very difficult to do without referring to the learner's native language. If the learner has difficulty understanding, ideally, the teacher should find another native speaker of that language (preferably another student) to explain it.
Present continuostense is practiced with familiar verbs. Note that there is a difference between transitive and intransitive verbs. Often there is no difference in the difficulty comprehending these two types of sentences, as long as the learner knows the words being used. However, when working on production, it is sometimes easier to start with intransitive verbs (the sentences are simply shorter).:
Intransitive:Somewhat more complicated is the verbs that take arguments with argument marking prepositions :I am swimming .Transitive:
He is reading .She is eating lunch.
We are studying math .
They are listening to a CD.
She is talking to her friend.
Negation is straightforward, but be careful about contractions:
He isn't reading.But not
We aren't watching TV.
I amn't walking.Questions
Am I standing?Of course the same effect can be achieved by giving the sentence a rising intonation:
Is he sleeping?
He is sleeping?5Ws
What is she doing? She is the listening to the radio.