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English Vocabulary – Participle Clauses

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Participle clauses:

Using a participle clause can increase your level of writing and speaking. Look at the following sentence:

Jim didn’t go out with his friends. He stayed at home and he read a book and he watched a football game.

Using participle clauses:

Jim didn’t go out with his friends. He stayed at home, reading a book and watching a football game.

A participle clause is made using –ed (past participle) or –ing (present participle). We can also use an adverb (a word that describes the verb). A participle clause can be found in different positions in a sentence.

Participle clauses with –ed:

We use –ed participles with passive verbs.

Sarah, commissioned to play the role of narrator, was the best thing that ever happened to the local theatre. (=who was commissioned to player the role of narrator)

I was working alongside two programmers employed by MicroTech. (=who were employed by MicroTech)

Participle clauses with –ing:

We use –ing participles with active verbs.

Teachers working at this school are the nicest you will ever meet. (=who are working at this school)

Life isn’t easy for people earning the minimum wage. (=who are earning the minimum wage)

Participle clauses with adverbs:

We can use an adverb before the beginning of a clause to slightly change the meaning of the verb.

Example adverbs: always, sometimes, formerly, normally, rarely, casually, firstly, hardly, etc…

Rhinos, normally thought of as docile animals, can be very fierce if they are provoked.

Anne, formerly known as the Pageant Queen, has just graduated from college.

 

Try the following quiz to see how much you remember:

1) People (live) in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

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2) Photos (change) to make people look thinner are dishonest.

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3) A magazine (feature) a brand new method of weight-loss is coming out next month.

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4) James, (rarely arrive) on time, was the first person at the restaurant.

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5) Celebrities (register) at a hotel under their real name is rare.

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6) John and Jill, (marry) last month, are already divorced.

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7) I bought two photographs (sign) by Ronaldo.

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8) The weather was fine for the couple (wear) long coats.

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9) The company, (buy) by James Charleston, is now doing very well.

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10) Peter, (casually kick) the ball, finally scored the winning goal.

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English Vocabulary – Vehicles

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airplane

ambulance

boat

car

 airplane         ambulance  boat  car

helicopter

motorcycle

taxi

train

 helicopter  motorcycle  taxi  train

Match the first part of the sentence to the second part below.

1.      A car…

a.      …rides on railway tracks and has a lot of compartments.

2.      A helicopter…

b.      …has four wheels. You can only drive one (in Malta!) when you’re 18.

3.      A train…

c.       …is useful if you want to go somewhere quickly, but you have to phone and book it.

4.      An ambulance…

d.      …has two wings and flies through the air.

5.      A taxi…

e.      …travels over water.

6.      An airplane…

f.        …only has two wheels. It is very fast!

7.      A motorcycle…

g.      …doesn’t have any wings, but it has a propeller and it also flies through the air.

8.      A boat…

h.      …isn’t a vehicle you want to be in for very long, unless you’re a paramedic!

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Wonderful student blog by Lydia Thomas

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Hello, my name is Lydia Thomas and I am 18 years old and I come from Germany. I have just completed two weeks at Maltalingua school of English. This was my second time studying at the school, as I was also there last summer in August 2014.

I decided to come back because I fell in love with Malta last year and I felt that the second time at Maltalingua would allow me to continue the love affair. I’ll tell you some differences between spring and summer time at Maltalingua. 😀

This spring I have done really great activities for example we went horse riding at the Golden Bay which was a very beautiful experience. I also enjoyed two meals with my friends from school, one at Vecchia Napoli and one at Surfside. Both really enjoyable meals, with a great group of people!

One of the more exciting activities I tried has to be paint balling. It was very difficult but also a lot of fun and very high energy. I also visited the Sunday fish market at Marsaxlokk which is a very traditional experience. 😛

In the summer the range of activities was very varied. You can spend a lot more time sunbathing and swimming in the sea (because it is warmer), which is the perfect way to relax after class. You can visit some fabulous Maltese sights by boat such as Blue Grotto, Blue Lagoon in Comino and Gozo which are all extremely beautiful. The range of activities in the summer is just as varied as in the spring, with a full weekly programme of fun things.

As well as the great activities at Maltalingua, you also get thought by some really creative, interesting and professional teachers who also know how to join in the fun at the weekend. Part of the reason I came back to Maltalingua was to have my English improved.

In conclusion, I would definitely recommend Maltalingua because of the excellent teaching and interesting activity programme, no matter if you come in spring, summer, autumn or winter!

Good luck and I hope you enjoy this fantastic school as much as I have. :)

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Useful expressions – Strong adjectives

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“The dinner was delicious. Our compliments to the chef!”

When you use “very” a lot, it can become very boring for the people listening. Consider the following text:

“Last week it was very hot, so we went to the beach, but it was very crowded with people and the sand was very dirty. After three hours, we were very tired and very hungry, so we went to a very small cafeteria and ordered a very tasty burger. When we finished, it was getting dark, so we went outside. The beach was very empty. We sat on the sand and watched the sunset. It was very pretty. All in all, it wasn’t a very awful day.”

We call these gradable adjectives. Now look at how we can replace “very” + gradable adjective with a strong adjective:

“very” + Gradable Adjective

Strong Adjective

very awful

dreadful

very crowded

packed

very dirty

filthy

very empty

deserted

very hot

boiling

very hungry

starving

very pretty

beautiful

very small

tiny

very tasty

delicious

very tired

exhausted

Now cover the table above and try to change the “very” + gradable adjectives in the text below into strong adjectives.

“Last week it was (1) very hot, so we went to the beach, but it was (2) very crowded with people and the sand was (3) very dirty. After three hours, we were (4) very tired and (5) very hungry, so we went to a (6) very small cafeteria and ordered a (7) very tasty burger. When we finished, it was getting dark, so we went outside. The beach was (8) very empty. We sat on the sand and watched the sunset. It was (9) very pretty. All in all, it wasn’t a (10) very awful day.”

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