Celta Assignment 1 Grammar Essay example

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Part A.
1. She’s meeting Fred at 3 o’clock.
a) Present Continuous
b) Subject + form of the verb TO BE + present participle
c) We use I’m doing ( present continuous) when we say what we have arranged to do – for example arranged to meet somebody, arranged to go somewhere.
d) Contractions: She is – She’s pronounced / / of the clock – o’clock pronounced / / weak forms: at – pronounced / / meeting - / /
Sentence stress: syllable of Fred
Intonation: falling at the end of the sentence.
e) Conceptual difficulties: confusion between the present continuous and the Future simple and the “going to” construction. Contraction ‘s may lead to a confusion with the Present Perfect
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Contraction ‘s may lead to a confusion with the Present Perfect auxiliary verb “has”, because it has the same contraction ‘s.
Structural difficulties: students may omit the auxiliary verb “be”, students may omit “to”
f) A visual of the clouds and a man looking up on the sky and thinking: “ It’s going to rain” – 9.00 a.m. And the second visual of the rain and the same man standing in the rain – 9.15 a.m.
g) Is it raining now (in the first picture)? no
Is the sky clean? No
Do we have clouds before it rains usually? Yes
Is he right about his prediction (showing the second picture)? Yes
Can he control the rain? no

h) Timeline:
Past now future

3. Could you open the window, please?
a) Question Could….?
b) Modal auxiliary verb could +subject + main verb ( bare infinitive)
c) To ask people to do something. Could is used for a more polite and formal form of asking people to do something. This is a polite request. Asking about a general possibility to do things.
d) No contractions. linking: could you / / Sentence stress: the first syllable of ‘window’
Intonation:

Could you open the window, please? Raising on the word ‘window’ and Falling at the end of the sentence.
e) Conceptual difficulties: confusion between the present

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