Wednesday, April 8, 2015

April showers bring May flowers - An Exercise

“April showers bring May flowers;” a popular rhyme to say and hear around the springtime. Not only does it mean that it will rain a lot in April and there will be many flowers in May because of the rain but also there is a deeper meaning behind the words. “April showers bring May flowers” is a reminder that even the most unpleasant of things, in this case the heavy rains of April, can bring about very enjoyable things, such as, an abundance of flowers in May. “April showers bring May flowers” is a lesson in patience, and one that remains valid to this day. Many of life’s greatest things come only to those who wait, and by patiently and happily enduring the clouds and damp of April you can find yourself more easily able to take in the sights and smells of May. After all, it’s easier to love something if you begin with an optimistic outlook! So do not be depressed during these cloudy rainy days because soon the sun will shine and beautiful flowers, plants and trees that will have blossomed into a ray of many colors will surround us. Unfortunately, many people do suffer from allergies but there are special medicines to help you so that one can enjoy nature’s beauty. 

unpleasant- not pleasant, disagreeable, offensive 
abundance- extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supply
patience- quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence
valid-producing the desired result; effective
enduring- lasting or permanent 
optimistic- hopefulness and confidence 
allergies -an unusually high acquired sensitivity to certain substances, such as drugs, pollens, or microorganisms, that may include such symptoms as sneezing, itching, and skin rashes.

Vocabulary Exercise 
Using the vocabulary words above write a complete sentence for each word. 
For example: The warm weather of spring brings an abundance of flowers. 

Grammar Point
Adverbs modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs by telling where, when, how or to what extent. Many adverbs are formed by adding –ly to adjectives. For example: sweet-sweetly or gentle- gently.

Where: The children played outside.
When: The President spoke yesterday.
How: We walked slowly around the track.
To What Extent: The student worked very hard.

Adverbs of Manner
She moved slowly and spoke quietly.

Adverbs of Place
She has lived on the island all her life. 
She still lives there now.

Adverbs of Frequency
She takes the boat to the mainland every day.
She often goes by herself.

Adverbs of Time
She tries to get back before dark.
It's starting to get dark now.
She finished her tea first.
She left early.

Adverbs of Purpose

She drives her boat slowly to avoid hitting the rocks.
She shops in several stores to get the best buys.

Grammar Exercise 
Put the correct adverb in the sentence. 
1) The teacher speaks ________.
2) The boy ran __________.
3) He drives _____________ fast. 
4) I ___________ buy fruit at the grocery store.
5) We __________ go to the movies on weekends. 
6) My friends and I __________ go dancing on Fridays.
7) I __________ eat fast food because it makes me sick. 

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