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White for All Occasions.

1

Make sentences using the given words by adding words to the gaps where necessary.

  1. _____ even _____
  2. ___ even so ___ I had a terrible headache, but even so I went to the concert. An immediate interest cut might give a small boost to the economy. Even so, any recovery is likely to be very slow.
  3. _____ so that _____
  4. ____ instead ____
  5. ___ instead of ____
2 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.

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Practice until you can read the text without saying any of the unwanted words.
  1. The 17th century Irish farmer Robert Cook was the most startling figure in the region.
  2. He never did wore anything but the white linen.
  3. Not only were his nightclothes and shirts in purest white but even so were
  4. his suits, coats and hats. He became so famous for his
  5. clothes and his passion for white although that he was
  6. known all over Ireland as "Linen Cook". He refused him
  7. to have any black cattle in the fields of his farm and even if
  8. his horses had to be pure white. On one occasion a
  9. fox which had been attacked his poultry was caught.
  10. However, he refused him to allow it to be killed.
  11. Instead of he gave it a lecture on the evils of murder and then
  12. gave it up a sporting chance to escape. Cook was
  13. a passionate vegetarian and wouldn't have eat the flesh
  14. of any animal or wear anything which produced by
  15. an animal. He had a long and healthy life and finally
  16. died in 1726 when he was over than 80 years old.
  17. Unsurprisingly, he was buried in a white shroud.

Explanations

  1. He never did wore.

    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.

  2. 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'.
  3. 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
  4. 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)

  5. 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.

  6. Wouldn't have eat

    Without have. If we use have we need have eaten. have eat = have eaten. (remove)

  7. Even / even if

    even if / even. What is the difference between even and even if?

  8. Refuse

    Refuse + infinitive with to = Refuse to work.
    Refuse + personal pronoun. Eg: He refused them right of way.

  9. Had been attacking / had attacked

    The past perfect continuous uses been + -ing. The past perfect uses have/had + past participle.

  10. 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.

  11. Instead / Instead of
    1. Do something else instead.
    2. instead of that, try this.
    instead NOT (instead of)
  12. 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? Image correct

Plain text with incorrect words highlighted.

The 17th century Irish farmer Robert Cook was the most startling figure in the region.
He never did wore anything but the white linen.
Not only were his nightclothes and shirts in purest white but even so were his suits, coats and hats.
He became so famous for his clothes and his passion 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 was caught.
However, he refused to allow it to be killed.
Instead of 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 have 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.

  1. Can you make a sentence with "..the white linen.."
  2. How many different poultry birds can you name?
  3. What does "chicken feed" or "a poultry amount" sometimes refer to?
  4. Have shroud shroud.
  5. Make two sentences. One with ...the milk.. and another with milk but no identifier.
  6. 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.
  7. Can you make a sentence with life in countable form and another with "life" in uncountable form?





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