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Grammar Pattern 27
Long Noun + Long Verb

Model Sentence
The 25-year-old man in the park is trying to fly a kite

This sentence pattern uses two "phrases", first a "long noun" and then a "long verb", to communicate a simple idea with several details. In the Model Sentence above, the first part (the long noun) shows us that it is a rather young man and where he is. The second part (the long verb) shows us what he is doing and that he is "trying" but maybe not succeeding!

Pronunciation Practice - Repeat each sentence out loud!

1. The seven students are studying now.
2. The seven happy students are studying very hard.
3. Some young teachers were talking.
4. Some young, intelligent teachers were talking.
5. The cats and dogs had been sleeping. (Before they woke up!)

Conversation Practice - Ask these questions to your friends!

1. What are your parents doing now?
2. How hard were your friends studying as university students?
3. What had you been doing before you started this lesson?
4. What are you and your friends doing today?
5. Where are you and your family going to eat dinner tonight?

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