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Review Lesson 25

Review Lesson 25

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Review Lesson 25


Hello! We have learned a lot in these last few lessons. Let us take a moment to review what we have learned.

 

First, we learned about the modal verb “may”, which is similar to the modal verbs “can”, “could”, “will”, “would”, and “should” in that it does not conjugate. The modal verb “may” is used to express possibility. For example, we might say "Tomorrow it may rain". We are not sure that it will rain tomorrow, but rain is a possibility. It is also used to ask and grant permission politely. For example, a child might ask "May I watch TV?" and the parent might answer "Yes, you may." “May” is sometimes used to express a contingency or condition. For example, a parent might say to a child "Yes, I may be old, but you are not going to a party at 10 p.m."

 

Then, we learned to use the preposition “at”, which is most commonly used to indicate location. For example, we might say "Jennifer and David are sitting at the table." It is similar to other prepositions as it can be used in a more abstract way to indicate a certain time, a state or a condition. For example, we might say "David and Jennifer eat breakfast at 7:00." “At” can also be used to indicate presence at a location, for example, "Jennifer is not at home; she is at work." It is also used to indicate a direction. For example, we might say "Look at the clouds in the sky." Sometimes the preposition "at" is used in abstract ways to indicate a state or condition. We might say "The two countries are not at war; they are at peace”. Sometimes we also use the preposition "at" to indicate an abstract place in time. For example, we might say "at the beginning of the book".

Finally, we learned how to form and use superlative adjectives, which are used to express the extreme degree of a quality of one thing in a group of things. To form the superlative of these short adjectives, we simply add "est" to the end of the adjective and place the word "the" before it. To form the superlative form of short adjectives ending in a consonant which follows a vowel, we double the consonant and add "est". To form the superlative of "pretty, easy, lazy," and other adjectives which end with a consonant followed by "y", we change the "y" to "i" and add "est". To form the superlative form of long adjectives and some short adjectives, we put the words "the most" before the adjective. When we use the superlative adjective to compare one thing or person to two or more others, we use the word "of" in the comparison.

Great! Now that you have reviewed each of these concepts, you have reinforced the knowledge you have learned thus far.