Lesson 18 – The Thespian – Imperative Form

LEVEL A2: THE THESPIAN

 


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VOCABULARY

 

 

  • I used to…
  • To walk the boards
  • You were in the theatre?
  • That’s where I met David
  • To design sets
  • To perform
  • Big shows
  • Musicals
  • That must have been…
  • Very exciting
  • To like the theatre
  • To grow on you
  • Over the years…
  • Do you miss it?
  • To miss it a lot
  • I don’t think about it.
  • Occasionally
  • To get the urge
  • Not very often
  • To try my hand
  • Let’s join!
  • Don’t take it too seriously!
  • Drama group
  • I don’t know about that.
  • To give it a go
  • Nothing serious
  • A bit of fun
  • Let me think about it.
  • Don’t build up your hopes!

 

LESSON 18 DIALOGUE

 

– The Thespian –

 

 

Learn English – Lesson 18 – The Thespian

Karen: I used to walk the boards, you know.

Polly: You were in the theatre?

Karen: Yes I was. That’s where I met David. He used to design the sets.

Polly: Did you used to perform in big shows?

Karen: Yes, I used to perform in a lot of musicals. I performed in Cats, Les Miserables, Phantom of the opera.

Polly: Wow, that must have been very exciting. I didn’t use to like the theatre. It has grown on me over the years. Do you miss it?

Karen: I used to miss it a lot. I don’t think about it very much now. Occasionally I get the urge but not very often.

Polly: I think I’d like to try my hand at a bit of acting. Let’s join a drama group!

Karen: I don’t know about that…

Polly: Come on! Let’s give it a go. Don’t take it too seriously! It is just a bit of fun.

Karen: Hmm. Let me think about it…

Polly: Let’s look for some drama groups. We can see if there is one better suited to your experience.

Karen: Okay, but let’s not get too excited. I haven’t decided for sure yet.

Polly: Of course but it will do no harm to look! Besides, you may be inspired!

Karen: Fine, we’ll take a look on the internet but I’m not promising anything. Don’t build up your hopes!

Polly: I’ll grab the local newspaper too.

 

COMPREHENSION QUIZZES (3 TO COMPLETE)

 

Interactive Video Comprehension Quiz 1

 

Summary Statements Comprehension Quiz 2

 

Drag and Drop Quiz 3: 

 

GRAMMAR PRACTICE – IMPERATIVE FORMS

 

 

We use the imperative form to give orders. Constructing a phrase using the imperative is not difficult. It is simply the infinitive without to.

Examples:

Come here!

Be quiet

 

To have is often used to express wishes imperatively:

Examples:

Have a good day!

Have fun!

 

To form the negative imperative, all you have to do is add the particle don’t before the imperative:

Negative imperative = Don’t + infinitive without to

 Examples:

Don’t come here!

Please don’t go!

 

LET’S


Let’s is the imperative form used to express something to be done in a group:

Imperative of us = let’s + infinitive without to

Examples:

Let’s dance!

Let’s sing a song!

 

The negative form, let’s not, is used to express clear denial of an action or suggestion:

Negative imperative of us = Let’s not + infinitive without to

Examples:

I’m tired. Let’s not dance.

People are sleeping. Let’s not play music

 

USED TO


Whenever we want to talk about past habits and states that are finished, we use used to. There is no present or progressive form for this form.

I Used to Rest of the sentence
You
He
She
It
We
You
They

 

To do

I used to do
You used to do
He used to do
She used to do
It used to do
We used to do
You used to do
They used to do

Example:

I used to have short hair.

 

Negative form

I Didn’t use to Rest of the sentence
You
He
She
It
We
You
They

 

To do

I didn’t use to do
You didn’t use to do
He didn’t use to do
She didn’t use to do
It didn’t use to do
We didn’t use to do
You didn’t use to do
They didn’t use to do

Example:

She didn’t use to do Sports.

 

Interrogative form

Did I    Use to Rest of the sentence
You
He
She
It
We
You
They

 

To do

Did I use to do?
Did you use to do?
Did he use to do?
Did she use to do?
Did it use to do?
Did we use to do?
Did you use to do?
Did they use to do?

Example:

Did you use to like pasta?

 

PRONUNCIATION PRACTICE

 

 

 

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