1. Idiom of the Day:
Tara wanted to believe that Santos was telling her the truth, but she soon realized that a leopard cannot change his spots.
Note: Please be aware of the but conjunction within the sentence that changes the tone/meaning.
2. Idiom #2 of the Day:
I wanted to buy the new Mustang, but it would have cost me an arm and a leg!
3. Greek/Latin Root of the Day:
Greek Root is geo-
It means earth.
Examples are words such as geography and geology.
Sentences could be: We studied the geography of the state of Alaska to learn more about the Alaskan Sled Race known as the Iditarod.
Geology deals with the physical history of the earth, such as the rocks that compose it.
4. Appositive Work:
Can you add an appositive in the blanks provided in each sentence?
a. Massachusetts, a __________________________________________, is a wonderful place to live.
b. My father's friend, a ____________________________________, came over to our house to fix the sink.
c. Did you know that Alaska, our __________________________________________, became part of our country in 1959?
d. Hawaii, a _________________________________________, is where many people love to vacation!
e. Learning about geography, the ________________________________, is important in understanding how people live.
f. Inuits were thought to use only snow houses, _____________________, but that is no longer the common type of housing used.
g. We like to expand our sentences by adding detailed words or phrases, ________________________, which you are studying right now!
5. Question and Answer:
Answer: It is the largest state in our country. Question: ???
6. Cause and Effect:
Effect: Only a fraction of the amount of snow that had been predicted actually fell.
Note: The cause happens first!! Let's look at the following sentence: Because I studied hard, I got an A on the test! I had to have studied hard before I took the test in order to then receive an A.
The sequence of events that makes up a story, known as the plot, is a chain of cause and effect situations!
7. Grammar Challenge:
How do we use who and whom correctly?
Answer: Who is a subject pronoun that always works with the verb. Whom is the object that receives the action of the sentence!
Note: Can you switch he or she for the word who in your sentence? If so, you did it correctly!
Note: Can you switch him or her for the word whom in your sentence? Yes, you did this one correctly, as well!
Example: Who is knocking on the door?
He is knocking on the door.
Example: To whom did you give the book?
I gave the book to her.
Note: You often have to change a question to a statement to check your use of who or whom, as you saw in the examples above!
a. (Who, Whom) was the person you met in class last week?
b. (Who, Whom) did I meet in line at the movies?
c. I know (who, whom) you are talking about.
d. Did you know the name of the teacher (who, whom) worked in our school years ago?
e. Jean is the woman (who, whom) I have known since I was in eighth grade!
We use personification when we want to give human qualities to inanimate objects (ones that are NOT alive!)!
For instance: The lamp post winked at me as I crossed the street.
Example: The words you wrote were so exciting they seemed to jump off the pages!
Example: The moonlight danced on the lake that summer night!