They’re there with their friend.
They’re- they are
There- a place
Their- belongs to them
I vs. me- The easiest way to know what to use is to say the sentence in your head without the other person.
I like it when it’s just me = Lori and I like it when it’s just her and me.
You’re more likely to use “I” at the beginning of the sentence (as the subject) and “me” at the end (as the object)
Who like when it’s just her and me?- Lori and I = Subject
What do Lori and I do-like it? = verb
What do Lori and I like?- when it’s just her and me= Object
Another good example of taking out the other person to figure out what to use:
I don’t know if you’re talking to her or I. (incorrect) take out her and you’ll see
I don’t know if you’re talking to I. Now it doesn’t sound right
I don’t know if you’re talking to me. That sounds right now add in the other person.
I don’t know if you’re talking to her or me. (correct)
Then- used when talking about time or what is next.
Go to the store then go home.
Than-use when expressing a comparison.
I have more than you.
Set- you set something else down- use set when referring to an inanimate object.
Go ahead and set that on the table.
Sit- you sit yourself down (or order someone else to sit themselves down)
Sit down on the bench next to your brother.
Less- only used when you are talking about something that is not quantifiable (can not be counted or measured).
There is less water in your glass.
There is less snow on the ground now that the sun has come out.
Fewer- used for anything that is quatifiable (can be counted or measured)
She has fewer items in her cart.
We had fewer inches of snow this year than last year.
* More often than not you actually want to use “fewer” not “less”.
You almost achieved your goal but not quite. So you are close but no cigar.
The generally accepted origin of “close but no cigar” is from the early days of traveling carnivals and fairs. The “toss the ring” type games that today give out cheap stuffed animals used to give out cigars as a prize. So if you tossed the ring and just barely missed the target you might hear that you were close but you didn’t get the cigar.
Hence, close but no cigar.
Newton’s First Law of Motion
also called the Law of Inertia
-an object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an outside force.
Imagine a ball on a pool table.
The ball will remain in an at rest position so long as nothing else interferes. (an object at rest will stay at rest)
Now if the ball is struck with the cue stick it will continue to travel in the same direction and at the same speed until it either hits another ball on the table, the side rail or best of all- falls into a pocket. (an object in motion will remain in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted on by an outside force)
Most American schoolchildren hear the tale of Paul Revere’s famous “Midnight Ride”. Sadly, most of the story it not completely accurate.
The ride began at 11 pm not midnight but that is really a minor detail.
First, Paul Revere was not the only brave soul to put his life on the line that night. William Dawes and Revere were both sent out from Boston to Lexington to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of the advancement of the King’s troops and their impending arrests. They were sent two different paths to ensure at least one would be successful. Both arrived in Lexington (Dawes about 30 minutes after Revere but Dawes was sent the long way around.) Along the way as the message spread at least 40, possibly more, other riders also set off with the alert as Revere and Dawes reached them. Some of these brave men were caught but none ever get the well deserved credit for their important part.
Second, the ride didn’t really end in Lexington. Revere and Dawes decided after reaching Hancock and Adams to attempt to ride on to Concord. They had accomplished their goal but still amazingly decided to take the great risk to go on. At this point, a young physician, Samuel Prescott joined them. Unfortunately, the three men were detained at Lincoln, on the way to Concord. Prescott and Dawes escaped but Revere was walked back to Lexington at gunpoint before finally escaping as well.
Third, neither Paul Revere nor William Dawes would have been yelling, “the British are coming.” Two reasons why this is true. For one, they weren’t yelling at all. This was a very dangerous and secret mission. They could have easily been killed for what they were doing if caught. They did pass on the message but not by running through the streets screaming. The other is, at the time the colonists very much considered themselves Britons. They were still legally under British rule. While they were not happy with many of the King’s policies they had yet to conclude the need to form an independent union. Instead, according to accounts, he actually, quietly told the others that, “The regulars are coming.” in reference to the British “regular” soldiers.
People often mistakenly assume that during the colonial period everyone was just itching to break free from Great Britain but this simply wasn’t always the case.
Paul Revere & William Dawes rode on April 18, 1775.
It wasn’t until 1776 that all 13 states agreed to write The Declaration of Independence and become it’s own nation.
While there are a few inconsistencies in the true story of Paul Revere and William Dawes the important thing is what they and so many others did. They stood up against tyranny willing to lose everything they had including their lives. By doing so, they have provided future American’s unprecedented freedom. For that reason, I believe it is important to know what really happened and is why I set the record straight.
These are very basic parts of a sentence.
Subject- Ask yourself “Who or what is this sentence about? Who or what is performing the action?”
verb- action word- ask yourself “What is being done?”
object- Ask yourself “To what or to whom is the action being done?”
The easiest way to determine the parts of a sentence are to ask yourself those questions.
Tony read the book.
Who is performing the action? Tony is. So “Tony” is the subject.
What did the subject (Tony) do? Read. So “read” is the verb.
To whom or what was the action applied? So, what did Tony read? The book. So “the book” is the object.
You’re going to regret bringing your mother-in-law.
your- belongs to you
Is that your dog?
you’re- you are
You’re not making sense.
Over here, we hear that you like red hair.
here- where you are
I am here.
hear- the intake of sound
I can hear you singing.
hair- grows on your head
She has brown hair.
I’m not allowed to say that aloud.
aloud- to say something out loud so that others can hear you
Will you please read that aloud for the whole class?