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D-11.13 Review Gerunds (After Verbs [of Perception] or Adjectives + Prepositions [or To], Apart from or in Contrast with Infinitives

D-11.13 Review Gerunds (After Verbs [of Perception] or Adjectives + Prepositions [or To], Apart from or in Contrast with Infinitives

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Lessons 51-60 of Chapter 6 (“Consumerism”) of WorkLife English Grammar 6: Issues & Answers, pages 95-109

15 pages

Who It’s For: (Teachers & Helpers of) Progressing Language Learners Who Want to Take in, Then Ignore, Grammatical Labels for Verb-Related Phrasal Elements   

Why It’s Useful:Gerunds (vs. Infinitives)?” Adjective-Preposition Combinations?” “Use of To Apart from To Verb?I” “Verbs of Perception Before Verb-ing?” “Simple [Base] Verbs After Objects?”  If grammatical terminology meant to distinguish among possibly confusing structures sounds like yada-yada, here’s a Chapter that may clarify useful patterns despite its wordiness.  Based on “Issues & Answers” related to “Consumerism,” Chapter 6 of WorkLife English Grammar 6 offers one “advanced” one– or two-page Lesson (Explanation, Practice, Assessment of Mastery) at a time—each outlining a different aspect of Gerunds, Infinitives, or other non-core Verbal Elements.    

What You’ll Do: 

[1] Peruse the Chapter 6: Consumerism page 95 Opener, distinguishing the Grammar (“Gerunds After Verbs,” Adjective / Verb-Preposition Combinations,” etc.) of each Lesson 51-60 from its Subject-Matter Content or Competency (“Understanding Media Advertising,” “Saving Money at the Supermarket,” etc.)

[2] For each segment that follows, “translate” its title and the grammar terminology in its boxed pedagogy into verbiage that makes sense to you.  Pay even more attention to its Examples.  Can you explain—to yourself or others—how the sentence elements of these instances of effective  grammar fit together to “send a message?” Can you explain or even streamline their meanings in paraphrases that say the same thing? Can you complete the Lesson’s Practice Exercises and/or Expressive Activities to prove your linguistic mettle with its targeted—or even better—verbal phrasing?  

[3]  If they interest you, do additional research on the Consumerism Subject Matter:  [54] “Purchasing Clothing,” [55] “House Hunting,” [58] “A Sales Pitch,” [60] “Intelligent Consumerism,” and the like.  Of course, put your primary effort into understanding the significance and intent of what you hear or read.  But notice how your comprehension of meaning increases when you also pay attention to the grammar or structure—and/or restate what you understand. 

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