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82. English Is Confusing
“Good evening, everybody!” said the teacher, Donna. “Where
everybody?” That was sort of a daily joke
Donna. Usually the class started with only two
three students present, and then filled up as
minutes went by. It was summertime. Summer school
only eight weeks long. Class attendance was always
than during fall and spring semesters.
, teacher. Maybe they late or no come,” said
student. “Maybe watching TV football tonight.”
soccer game tonight? It seems like there’s a
game every night. Oh, well. Let’s get started,
? We’re on page 36 in the workbook. Tonight
’re studying participles as adjectives. Students are always confused
they learn about the present and past participles,
we will practice this a lot. Tonight, we’re
going to practice the present participle.
tells us what emotion or feeling the subject
causing. For example, ‘Grammar is boring’ means that
subject—grammar—causes an emotion of boredom. If we say, ‘
movie is interesting,’ we are saying that the
causes a feeling of interest. If we say, ‘
roller coaster is exciting,’ we are saying that
roller coaster causes a feeling of excitement. Any
so far? Am I confusing you? Is everyone
The classroom was quiet. Donna looked at blank
. They were confused. She knew this would take
while. But eventually, the faster students would grasp
, and then they would help the slower students.
the end of the evening, most of the
would feel comfortable using the present participle.
the board and put some new examples on
. She loved guiding her students through difficult topics
this one. She always felt a little bit
when the look of understanding came to their