Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Singular and Plural Nouns; Articles

Today, we learned about singular and plural nouns. To make a noun plural, we usually add -s or -es to the singular noun (book --> books;  bus --> buses). You can review this here (2 minutes).

We also learned that we always begin proper nouns with a capital letter. Common nouns begin with a capital letter when they are the first word in a sentence. Review here (3 1/2 minutes). Tess, the speaker on this video, is from Australia. Her pronunciation is a little different from mine.

We learned that a/an means 1. We use a/an before singular nouns. We use a before a word that begins with a consonant sound (a book). We use an before a word that begins with a vowel sound (an eraser). A/an is an article.  English has 2 articles. The other article is the.  When do we use a/an, and when do we use the? Watch this video to find out (5 minutes).

Finally, just for fun, this video is a rap song about nouns (2 minutes).

Homework for tomorrow:
1. Reading (Unit 3) packet (The 100 Words): Do exercises 3-4.
2. Grammar (Chapter 1) packet: p. 5, exercise 7: Write 14 sentences. 
For example: A bear is an animal.

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