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“The EnglishPractice Times”
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In this issue…

–Feature Novice Lesson–

1 – Quiz
2 – New Words from the Vocab Club
3 – Student Essay
4 – Comments on the Essays
5 – Possessive Pronouns and Adjectives
6 – Stupid Quotes
7 – Interesting Facts
8 – Quiz Answers
9 –  Tell Your Friend
10 – Removal
11 – Feedback

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–Feature Lesson– NOVICE–
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also practice the pronunciation of all of the words. Parents, this lesson will
be good for your children who are just starting out.

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1 – Quiz
Study the possessives in Part 5 and then complete the following sentences with the correct possessive pronoun or adjective.  Answers are in section 8.

a) I’m driving my car and my brother is driving ______.
b) It’s cold outside.  Tell Susan to wear ______ jacket.
c) That old dog lost ______ tail in an accident.
d) He has his book and I have ______.
e) Did you bring your tickets?  We have ______.
f)  ______ house was destroyed in a fire, but they are OK.
g) I brought my lunch to work.  Did you bring ______.
h) They usually visit ______ friends on Saturday.

2 – New Words From The Vocab Club
Our Daily Vocab Club has learned seven new words this week. Here are the seven new words:

Pity = to feel sympathy and sorrow for one suffering. (verb)
Quarrelsome = to be disposed to argue. (adjective)
Recollect = to remember. (verb)
Scowl = to contract the brow in an expression of displeasure. (verb)
Taxing = be difficult and tiring. (adjective)
Underway = to be in motion or progress. (adjective)
Vapor = a gas that impairs the transparency of the air. (noun)

The EnglishPractice Assistant is now shipping. Thank you to
all who finished your 60 words. When new students are done, they
will get a link to the new software!

Click here to visit the Daily Vocab Club
and learn more about our new words!

3 – Student Essay
If you have enjoyed reading the student essays, you can find more to read here. Because only one essay can be chosen to appear in the newsletter, other excellent essays submitted to us recently will be posted. The essays available to read will change regularly. This essay was submitted by Mip9342.

It is very difficult to determine whether tobacco companies are allowed to advertise. Everything has two sides, just like a coin. You can choose either head or tail. Let us start by looking at the positive side if the tobacco is
allowed to be advertised. Firstly, the consumer will be protected. This is because all the information about the tobacco will be placed publicly.
Allowing the customer to make their own decisions if they would like to
smoke or not. And if so, which brand they should take.  Especially, for the young people, they will have chance to learn more about it. Secondly, being advertised will be barred from unfairly competition. Because everybody can
see whether the advertised information is exagerrated or not. However, by allowing freely advertisement on tabacco will be harmful as well. If the young people who is not mature enough, cannot judge and balance the advantages and disadvantages of smoking.  They might be misled by the advertisement and start to learn how to smoke easily. So as I mentioned at the beginning, there is no concrete line to determine if the tobacco should be allowed to advertise freely, depending on which side that you are looking at. In my opinion, I prefer that the advertiseement on tobacco should be allowed under the control of the authorities concerned.


4 – Comments about the Essay

This week we have another interesting essay on tobacco advertising.  This essay is very well done and presents well thought out and insightful
arguments to support both sides of this debate.  A person interested in
getting the main points of this issue could simply read this essay!  It’s very concise and presented in an easy to understand manner.  Good essay!

There are just a few points which need to be considered in correcting this essay. Several times in the essay you refer to “the tobacco”.  In this situation you shouldn’t use “the”.  You are simply talking about the general product of tobacco and not something specific – no article is needed.  Later you say “if the young people who is not mature…” in this case you should use the verb “are” to agree with the plural “people”.  Also be careful of a few spelling mistakes – exaggerated, advertisement, etc.  Apart from these small points this is really an excellent essay!  Very well written and your ideas clearly presented.  Keep going with your English study – you’re doing great!

Good Work

5 – Possessive Pronouns and Adjectives

Understanding and Using Possessive Pronouns and Adjectives:

You can use possessive pronouns and possessive adjectives to show possession or ownership of something.  These are very commonly used in English and are important to remember.  Look at the words in the following lists and notice the different uses of pronouns and adjectives.

Possessive Pronouns                   Possessive Adjectives

I have mine.                                 I have my coat.
You have yours.                          You have your coat.
She has hers.                             She has her coat.
He has his.                                 He has his coat.
We have ours.                            We have our coats.
You have yours.                          You have your coat.
They have theirs.                        They have their coats.
————————                   I have a coat.  Its color is blue.

As you can see, the possessive pronoun and possessive adjective sentence has the same meaning except that possessive pronouns do not have a noun following them and possessive adjectives always have nouns following them.

Be VERY CAREFUL with the possessive adjective Its.  This is a possessive.  Do not confuse it with It’s (using an apostrophe) – this means it is (or it has).

Try the quiz in Part 1 to check your understanding of possessives.

6 – Stupid Quotes

“If we don’t succeed we run the risk of failure.” – Dan Quayle (Former U.S. Vice-President)

“I love California, I practically grew up in Phoenix.” – Dan Quayle

“Smoking kills. If you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life.” – Brooke Shields During an interview to become spokesperson for a federal anti-smoking campaign.

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” – Thomas Watson (Chairman of IBM, 1943)

“Whenever I watch TV and I see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can’t help but cry. I mean I would love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff.” – Mariah Carey (Singer)

7 – Interesting Facts
1) Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.
2) Leonardo da Vinci invented the concept of the parachute, but his design was fatally flawed in that it did not allow air to pass through the top of the chute. Therefore, the chute would not fall straight, but would tilt to the side, lose it’s air, and plummet.
3) Leonardo da Vinci invented the scissors.

4) Leonardo da Vinci spent twelve years painting the Mona Lisa’s lips.
5) Despite his great scientific and artistic achievement, Leonardo daVinci was most proud of his ability to bend iron with his bare hands.
6) All 17 children of Queen Anne died before she did.
7) Elizabeth 1st suffered from anthophobia (a fear of roses).
8) George Washington had to borrow money to go to his own inauguration.
9) King Tut’s tomb contained FOUR coffins. The third coffin was made from 2,500 pounds of gold. And in today’s market is worth approximately $13,000,000.
10) While performing her duties as queen, Cleopatra sometimes wore a fake beard.

8 – Quiz Answers
Here are the answers from section 1:

a) his
b) her
c) its
d) mine
e) ours
f)  their
g) yours
h) their

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