To Do List

How many of you make a “to do list” each day?

How many things on average do you have on your list each day?

Are all of those things very important?

Do they all need to be done TODAY?

Watch the video and see if you agree with the author’s to do list.

What did the author want to do more of and less of?

IF you could make a change today, what would you do MORE of and what would you do LESS of?  Why?

Make a similar list for your self and then share it with the class.

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If…would…

Ok, so for most people, the second conditional is something difficult to wrap their head around, but I have found the perfect solution for making it easy.

First: This verb tense is used to describe something that is unreal and has not happened. It has very low probability of happening.

Example: If Leonardo Dicaprio came into the room, I would kiss him.

Second: The structure is as follows:

Clause 1 – If + verb in past simple            Clause 2 – would + verb present simple

These clauses are interchangeable – Clause 1 can come first in the sentence, or clause 2 can come first, but the structure always stays the same.

I would kiss him, if he (Leonardo Dicaprio) came in the room!

Here is a video for you watch where you will be able to hear the structure over and over again.

 

So…Let’s practice!

  • If you had only 24 hours to live, what would you do?
  • If a classmate asked you for the answer to a question during an exam while the teacher was not looking, what would you do?
  • If someone’s underwear was showing, would you tell them?
  • If the whole world were listening, what would you say?
  • If one song were to describe your life, what song would it be?
  • If you bumped your car into another car, but nobody saw you do it, would you leave your name and address?
  • If you could ask God any one question, what would it be?
  • If you could be an animal, what animal would you be?

 

Giving a Speech

This is an article written my Mitch Albom, a journalist from the United States. I recommend you read it and take note of the way he uses adjectives as well as his use of conditionals. It is based on an idea that very few politicians seem to deem as important these days: Continue reading

Conditionals Anyone?

This song, by Katie Melua, is a great way to see how she uses the 2nd conditional!

However, take note of the following errors in her grammar! (Remember that art is always the exception to all grammar rules!)

Although many English-speaking people use them interchangeably, they do not mean the same thing.

If I were your teacher, I’d flunk you. (I am not your teacher)

If I were going to Antarctica, I’d go with my best friend. (I am not going to Antarctica)

Different from:

If I was fast in the race, it’s because I had competition to push me. (I may have been fast; I may not have. The condition is unclear)

If I was rude, I apologize. (I may have been rude. It depends on a person’s point-of-view. The condition is unclear)

Below you will find the lyrics with a few gaps to fill in.

“If You Were a Sailboat”

If you were a ___________ I would trail you,
If you were a piece of wood I’d _____________ you to the floor.
If you ___________a sailboat I would sail you to the shore.
If you were a river I would ________you,
If you were a house I would live in you all my days.
If you were a ___________I’d begin to change my ways.

Sometimes I believe in __________,
But the chances we create,
Always seem to ring more true.
You took a chance on loving me,
I took a chance on loving you.

If I was in ___________ I know you’d spring me
If I was a telephone you’d ring me all day long
If was in ___________ I know you’d sing me soothing songs.

Sometimes I believe in fate,
But the ___________ we create,
Always seem to ring more true.
You took a chance on __________ me,
I took a chance on loving you.

If I was ___________ you would feed me
If I was in darkness you would lead me to the ____________

If I was a book I know you’d read me every night

If you were a cowboy I would trail you,
If you were a piece of wood I’d nail you to the floor.
If you were a sailboat I would sail you to the shore.
If you were a sailboat I would sail you to the shore