Read the text below quickly and see how many unusual
things you can discover about Robert Cook. Then compare your
answers. Now read the text again and check for all the extra unwanted
or redundant grammar words.
Listen and check.
Show the answers
Practice until you can read the text
without saying any of the unwanted words.
The 17th century Irish farmer Robert Cook was the most
figure in the region.
Remove the auxilliary verb.
after auxilliary verbs, the main verb takes the present tense
(Infinitive without "to" and without conjugation).
Eg: Does she have a car? (Not: Does she has a car? )
We don't see auxilliary verbs after 'never' or most frequency adverbs.
The main verb here to wear is in the past form.
After an auxiliary verb the main verb takes the form of the bare infinitive.
Also notice that auxiliary verbs are not used after
Frequency Adverbs such as never.
They are commonly used in question forms and some statement forms use them for emphasis.
even so is used to add a clause that seems to contradict the previous sentence of clause. To include another item
on a list we use simply 'so'.
He was so fond of white although he was known as Linen Cook.Although' must be removed from this sentence.Although is used to show some surprise or conflict but
here we are explaining a logical reason for something. We use that
He gave it up a sporting chance.
To give up phrasal verb = To quit or stop doing something that you do regularly.
Here we need give
Give (not give up)
Even /even so
It was so difficult that even John could not do it.
(John is usually able to do most things)
He was the smallest boy in class, but even so, he was able to lift more than anyone else.
Wouldn't have eat
Without have. If we use have we need have eaten.
have eat = have eaten. (remove)
Even / even if
even if /
even. What is the difference between even and even if?
Refuse + infinitive with to = Refuse to work.
Refuse + personal pronoun. Eg: He refused them right of way.
Had been attacking / had attacked
The past perfect continuous uses been + -ing.
The past perfect uses have/had + past participle.
He ... him
He refused him. Is it ever possible to use both 'he' and 'him'
in the same sentence to refer
to the same person? You can say 'He did that himself.
But here the word 'him' must be removed.
Instead / Instead of
Do something else instead.
instead of that, try this.
insteadNOT (instead of)
Anything produced / anything which was produced.
3 What do you think of this room?
Would you like to live in a house where everything was white?
Plain text with incorrect words in BOLD and interesting vocabulary
underlined with dictionary links .
The 17th century Irish farmer Robert
Cook was the most startling
figure in the region.
He never didwore
anything but the white linen.
Not only were his nightclothes and shirts in
white but even so were
his suits, coats and hats.
He became so famous for his clothes and his
for white although
that he was known all over Ireland as 'Linen Cook'.
He refused him
to have any black cattle
in the fields of his farm and even
if his horses had to be pure white.
On one occasion a fox which had been
attacked his poultry
However, he refused to allow it to be killed.
he gave it a lecture on the evils of murder and then gave it up
a sporting chance to escape.
Cook was a passionate
vegetarian and wouldn't
eat the flesh
of any animal or wear anything which
produced by an animal.
He had a long and healthy life and finally died in 1726 when he was over
than 80 years old.
Unsurprisingly, he was buried in a white shroud.
Can you make a sentence with "..the white linen.."
How many different poultry birds can you name?
What does "chicken feed" or "a poultry amount" sometimes refer to?
Have shroud shroud.
Make two sentences. One with ...the milk.. and another with
milk but no identifier.
not only ... (but) also
used to say that two related things are true or happened,
especially when this is surprising or shocking
Not only did he turn up late, he also forgot his books.
If this project fails it will affect not only our department,
but also the whole organization.
Can you make a sentence with life
in countable form and another with "life" in uncountable form?