Gerunds and infinitives.

Tutorial. What is a gerund ? What is an infinitive?h


Answer these questions after watching in the form of a comment.

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In Pursuit of Happiness.

After watching this extract let’s reflect on the importance of having a job and having money to cover our basic needs.

How important is a job or money in order to achieve happiness?

What would you do if you were in Chris’shoes?

What would you have done if you had been in Linda’s shoes?

If you happen to become a wealthy businessman, would you consider helping somebody?

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Revising past perfect!!

Watch this extract of Tangled and then complete the sentences using past perfect.

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TEST: Tenses.

Watch the following piece  of Once Upon A Time.

Write a paragraph (80-90 words) saying what has happened to the male character. Use a variety of tenses: simple past, past continuous, past perfect and conditional type 3. Then look for an example of:

Simple Past:

Past Continuous:

Past Perfect:

Conditional type 3:



Write a paragraph (summary) of 80- 90 words of the story The Escape. Answer the questions in a paragraph. Include a variety of tenses: simple past- past perfect- past continuous and present perfect.

 What is the story about? What are the main events in the story, and how are they
related to each other?
 Are the main events of the story arranged chronologically, or are they arranged in
another way?

What are the conflicts in the plot? Are they physical, intellectual, moral or
emotional? Are they resolved? How are they resolved? Is the main conflict between
good and evil sharply differentiated, or is it more subtle and complex?
 What is the climax of the story and at what point in the story does the climax occur?

What is the setting of the story?

Who is/are the main character(s) in the story? What does the main character look
 Describe the main character’s situation. Where does he/she live? Does he/she live
alone or with others? What does the main character do for a living, or is he/she
dependent on others for support?
 What are some of the chief characteristics (personality traits) of the character?

What point of view does the story use? Is the story told from a first-person
perspective, in which the narrator is one of the characters in the story, and refers to
himself or herself as “I”? Or is the story told from a third-person perspective, in which
the narrator is not one of the characters in the story or may not participate in the
events of the story?
 Is it consistent in its use of this point of view? If shifts are made, are they justified?
 What are the advantages of the chosen point of view?

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Describing places. Wed, 28th

Choose one of the following places and write a description about it. 200 words. Use the vocabulary studied in class. Then share the writing with me. Once it has been corrected, you must publish it in your blog.

Resultado de imagen para landscape houses in the mountain


Resultado de imagen para landscape houses on the beach

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Revising Tenses!!

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Parson’n Pleasue is a story about a clever man who…………………………(disguise) himself as a parson. His goal: to trick people. He moves around looking for luxurious items. He…………………………………….(always-live) like that deceiving and making easy money. His victims are country men who lack education.  In this case,the brothers…………………………….(-work) the land and were surprised by him and his extraordinary ideas.

Once the parson ……………………………(arrive) at the farm, the brothers accepted to sell him the commode.However, while he …………………………………………(wait) for the bargain to become true, the brothers …………………………………….(make) an irreparable decision and finally…………………………………………(chopp off) the legs of the commode.

When the parson…………………………………(learn) what the brothers…………………….(do) with the commode his soul crashed into pieces. Such a sophisticated piece destroyed in such a silly way!!!

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The analysis of Parson’s Pleasure.


  1. Plot Structure





  1. Exposition

In the exposition part, we are introduced to Mr. Boggis. We learn that he is a swindler as a dealer in antique furniture. We are told how he began this career. After buying an antique chair in a village, he decides to visit the other houses around. He disguises himself in clergy-man clothes and continues visiting houses and buying antique furniture by paying less than their value. We also learn some characteristic features of him such as being a convincing person and having an understanding of human psychology.

  1. Rising Action

On Sunday, he is on his regular visits around with his map and he is in the county of Buckinghamshire. He visits a house in which a gigantic woman resides. He sees nothing valuable in the house and leaves.
c. Turning Point

He knocks on the door of a house and nobody opens the door. While he is having a look around, he sees a very famous and invaluable seventeenth century commode table inside and later on, he comes to the house to buy this table. I thought this is a turning point rather than a climax because there is not a strong conflict. With this decision to buy the famous invaluable commode table, he prepares his misfortune. He will cause the destruction of such a masterpiece. Moreover, everything can go on normal for Mr. Boggis for the rest of his career. He can continue deceiving people and buying valuable furniture but he will never get the fame of being the person who possesses the famous mahogany commode table. The worse thing is that his trick which has helped him so far will cause such an end. So far, he has deceived people easily with his clergy-man role but now; this role causes the furniture to be destroyed ironically.

  1. Falling Action

He sees that the owner, Mr. Rummins is not a fool. He tries to convince Mr. Rummins by telling a lot of deceiving tricks. He has to struggle but he manages to convince him to sell the table at the end. Even after he is convinced, Mr. Boggis tries to decrease the price by telling he just wants the legs of the table. He manages it too.

  1. Ending

Mr. Rummins is convinced to sell the table but he and his sons think that the parson’s car will not be convenient for carrying that large commode table. Thus, they take the table apart leaving us in surprise.

  1. Characterization

Mr. Boggis is the major character and Mr. Rummins and his sons are the minor characters. Mr. Rummins and his sons, Bert and Claud are flat characters. They can be briefly described as difficult to convince, suspicious, cautious, curious men. Mr. Rummins can also be seen as a clever man; at least he is not foolish. The major character, Mr. Boggis is round, complex and dynamic. We have access to his psychology. According to my interpretation, he is cunning as he deceives people and tells lies. He is clever and skilled in convincing people and he is proud of himself because of this. He is self-motivated and also good at role playing. He is also greedy because he tries to decrease the price of the table while he is bargaining even though Mr. Rummins has already offered a price far below than its real value.

  1. Themes

Greed, selfishness, persistence, pursuit of wealth and fraud can be considers as the themes of the story. All the deeds of Mr. Boggis are examples of greed and selfishness. He deceives other people to be rich. He buys the valuable furniture for low prices and wants more and more.
4. Mood

I think it is dull at the beginning but it becomes thrilling when he discovers the invaluable furniture in the house and trying to convince Mr. Rummins to sell it. When the men decide to take apart the table and during the process, it becomes a little bit tense.

  1. Setting

The setting is sometimes external and sometimes internal. The story takes place in countryside in England. Mr. Boggis visits a house in the village of Brill. There is no specific time reference but I guess it is late 20th century or the beginning of 21. century because while Mr. Boggis is guessing the value of the table, he says that the other furniture like this cost thirty- nine hundred guineas in 1921 and the same piece now would worth ten thousand pounds.

  1. Language

The language of the story is very easy to understand. There are some words which I think to be metaphors. Mr. Boggis is described as ‘a small, fat-legged man with a belly’ and I think his belly can be a metaphor for his greed. The other thing is that Mr. Rummins interprets Mr. Boggis as ‘a clergyman with the bulging eyes’. His bulging eyes can be metaphor to his cleverness according to me because I remember from one of our Linguistics course that there was a man who interpreted ‘protruding eyes’ as a sign of intelligence. There are also ironies in the story like a swindler in clergy-man clothes and like a swindler who condemns swindlers for what they do. Some foreshadowing elements can also be seen. The title is a foreshadowing element giving a hint about the story. The sentence of Mr. Boggis, which indicates that the people who deceive other people will have trouble is also a foreshadowing element giving a hint about Mr. Boggis’s fate. (Page 7).

  1. Conflict

It is man vs. man – between Mr. Boggis and Mr. Rummins. Mr. Boggis tries to deceive Mr. Rummins and Mr. Rummins resists him. Then they bargain.

  1. Ending

It is a surprise and open ending. He convinces Mr. Rummins to sell the furniture at a very low price after a long process of bargain. However, we do not expect those men to take apart the furniture. It is also an open ending because the story ends just as Mr. Boggis is coming over to take the furniture. We only know that he will see the broken furniture but we do not know what he will say or do and what will happen next.

  1. Point of View

It is 3rd person limited omniscient. We have access to Mr. Boggis’s thoughts and feelings but we can only make interpretations about the thoughts of Mr. Rummins and his sons through Mr. Boggis’s thoughts about them and through their actions like questioning Mr.Boggis.
10. Suspense

The environment becomes tense while Mr. Boggis tries to convince Mr. Rummins to sell his furniture.


and create a dialogue that could have taken between two characters in the story. Then illustrate any part of the story. Draw it and upload the pictures to your blog.

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Who is Roald Dahl?

Watch the following video on Roald Dahl and prepare a summary of who he is.

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Parson’s Pleasure.

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