Fun Easy English Classroom March 29


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Interrogative Pronouns

Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to learn about interrogative pronouns an important part of English grammar.
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Grammar: Interrogative Pronouns

Definition of an interrogative pronoun.
  • An interrogative pronoun is:
  • a "wh" question word that acts as a pronoun and is used to ask questions
  • a word that:
  • acts as the subject of a verb (who)
  • acts as the object of a verb or preposition (whom)
  • refers to animals or things (what, which)
  • refers to people (who, whom, which - occasionally refers to people)
  • The compound of an interrogative pronoun is formed with "ever" (whoever, whomever, whatever, whichever)
Interrogative Pronoun Examples
  • Who is that?
  • You gave the book to whom?
  • What is that?
  • Which is that?
  • The following words are interrogative pronouns
  • who, whom, what, which, whoever, whomever, whatever, whichever
From YOUR Teacher: Interrogative Pronouns

These pronouns are used only for asking questions.
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The following classroom lessons are great for students who want additional conversation, listening, and reading practice.
  • Conversation Lesson - Beginner Level. Dialogs for everyday use. Short situational dialogs for students of English as a Foreign (EFL) or Second (ESL) Language with a written conversation and a conversation notes section.
Conversation Lesson 6 - A Telephone Call
(Beginner - Conversation, Reading)

Dialogs for everyday use. Short situational dialogs for students of English as a Foreign (EFL) or Second (ESL) Language.
A Telephone Call

Barbara: Hello.

Fred: Hello. May I speak to Alice Weaver, please?

Barbara: Just a minute… Alice, it’s for you.

Alice: Hello.

Fred: Hi, Alice. This is Fred. Would you like to go to a movie tonight?

Alice: Thanks, I’d love to. I haven’t been to a movie for a long time.

Fred: Good. I’ll pick you up around seven thirty, then. The movie starts at eight.

Alice: Fine, I’ll be ready.
Conversation Notes
  • Hello
  • A simple and usual way of answering the telephone.
  • Business firms, however, frequently identify themselves when answering the telephone: Jones Construction Company, or Good morning, Jones Construction Company, or, possibly, Jones Construction Company, Mr. Smith speaking.
  • May I speak to Alice Weaver, please
  • A possible alternative is I’d like to speak to Alice Weaver. Or the person calling may identify himself: Hello. This is Fred Young. May I speak to Alice Weaver, please?
  • Would you like to
  • This is a polite form of do you want to…? It should be carefully differentiated from do you like to…? which has quite a different meaning.
  • I’d love to
  • Meaning is I would love to, a somewhat more enthusiastic response than I’d like to. (All of these are polite equivalents of I want to.)
  • Care should be taken to include ’d in these expressions in both speech and writing, to differentiate them from I love to and I like to, which differ from them in meaning as well as in form. I haven’t been to… = I haven’t gone to…. Other examples: I haven’t been to England yet, but I hope to go there soon. Have you been out today? We’ve been to the theater three times this week. We hadn’t been there at all until last weekend. This use of BE is rather strictly colloquial and is generally limited to the perfect tenses.
  • I’ll pick you up
  • Meaning is I’ll come to your house so that we can go together. Pick up is a separable two word verb.
  • around seven thirty
  • Meaning is about seven thirty—perhaps a few minutes before or after 7:30. To indicate a more precise time, the speaker would say “at seven thirty.” (Notice that o’clock is often omitted in these expressions.)
  • Fine, I’ll be ready
  • Although this dialogue ends with the line Fine, I’ll be ready, a telephone conversation usually ends with each speaker saying good­bye.
Source: U.S. State Department
Additional Conversation

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English conversation lessons. 52 lessons covering pronunciation, speaking, writing, and grammar topics....these lessons are for beginning students.

English conversation lessons. 30 lessons focusing mostly on communication and grammar topics....these lessons are for intermediate students.
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