Grade: Advanced

#1493. Comprehensible English ESL (Cultural Controversy)

Reading/Writing, level: Advanced
Posted Thu Jan 6 06:50:13 PST 2000 by John Richardson Meadows (
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Masters Program Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
Materials Required: Eyes Brain and Scripting Apparatus
Activity Time: One Hour Fifteen Minutes
Concepts Taught: Law, Verbs - Present Tense and Infinite Tense

Read. Comprehend. Respond in an essay.
1. In this essay, all nouns must have determiners (examples: a, an, the, this, that, some, one, two, any, no, all,...).
2. Use only common prepositions (to, at, in, on, by, for, behind, above, below, beside,...)
3. Verbs of being indicate the present with the unmarked infinitive called Present Tense. (examples: I am. You are. He is. She is. One is. Something is. It is. We are. They are.)
4. Verbs indicating sensations of the central nervous system may indicate both infinite time and present time with the unmarked infinitive falsely named Present Tense. (examples: I feel. I see. I hear. I taste. I think. I believe.) 3. Verbs indicating motion (and lack of motion) do not indicate the present time by use of the false Present Tense (unmarked infinitive), but must use the present progressive (Examples: I am _____ing. She is singing. You are standing. He is running. We are staying. They are moving.) By addition of a noun indicating future time, this same present progressive form is used to indicate the future (Example: I am singing tomorrow.) The unmarked infinitive of these verbs indicates an habitual action.
5. These verbal time meaning restrictions apply only to the The Present Tense (unmarked infinitive). (Examples: I was feeling. I was walking. I shall walk. I shall feel. I have been feeling. I have been walking. I shall have walked. I shall have felt. I would have walked. I would have felt. That I be. That I walk. That I might walk. That I might be. That I may walk. That I may be. etc.)