What’s in The News? Why is it Important to Eat Fruit and Vegetables?
Speaking Practice. Having Things Done and I Wonder if?
English Grammar. Modal Verbs of Probability Present and Future!
What’s in The News?
Why is it Important to Eat Fruit and Vegetables?
Eating fruit provides health benefits — people who eat more fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Fruits provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body. Most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories. None have cholesterol. Fruits are sources of many essential nutrients that are under-consumed, including potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid). Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure. Fruit sources of potassium include bananas, prunes and prune juice, dried peaches and apricots, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and orange juice.
Dietary fiber from fruits, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease. Fiber is important for proper bowel function. Fiber-containing foods such as fruits help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories. Whole or cut-up fruits are sources of dietary fiber. Vitamin C is important for growth and repair of all body tissues, helps heal cuts and wounds, and keeps teeth and gums healthy. Folate (folic acid) helps the body form red blood cells. Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.
Steve: I want to have my hair cut, but I can’t find a barber shop.
Mike: I know where one is. Come on—I’ll show you.
I wonder if… A polite introduction to a request for assistance.
Some other examples:
I wonder if you could show us how to get there.
I wonder if you would mind moving over one, so my friend and I can sit together. I wonder if you can tell me where I can find a barber shop.
Sure! What is it? = What is it you would like me to do?
Have my hair cut = Have someone cut my hair.
Other ways to use have:
I had my shoes shined just before I came. We’re going to have our house painted next year. You should have that window repaired before the rainy season begins.
Barber shop = A compound noun, with the principal stress on the first word.
I know where one is = I know where the barber shop is located.
Modal Verbs of Probability Present and Future!
Modal verbs are one of my favorite subjects. They are often considered one of the most important parts of the English language. The diverse usage of Modal auxiliary verbs makes them extremely useful and yet complicated for some students. Modal auxiliary verbs are just that; Auxiliary Verbs. In perfect speech, they are always used with another verb.
Modal verbs are used to refer to time, manners, ability, desire, wants, politeness and more. Modal Auxiliary Verbs also help us to express doubt, fear, commitment, assumptions, ideas and thoughts. In this article, I will help you with different ways we use Modal Verbs for now and the future. Modal verbs of future probability are an important part of the English language.
The first Modal Verbs studied are usually “can and could”. Can and could are often referred to as “Modals of ability”. In other words, can and could are often used to express something we do as an action or as a state. Examples might be “Can you ride a bike?” or “Can you play guitar?”. An answer could be “Yes, I can” or “No, I can’t”. Other Modals are taught as we study at the higher levels.
So, what about the future and a “Modal verb” plus the verb “To be?”. We use Modal verbs and the verb “To be” when we refer to the present and the future. An example might be; “Will you be home tomorrow?” or “Where will you be tomorrow?”. “Will” is commonly used for the future. Other examples might be “Can you come to work at 2 tomorrow?”. Can, could, will, would, shall, should, may, might and must can all be used to refer to future events. This tense is “Present Simple for the Future”. It is often referred to as “Timetabled events”.
We also use “Future Continuous” to refer to “Future Events”. An example of this might be “Will you be coming over at 3 tomorrow? short answer “Yes, I will”. The use of “Will” is common for both “Future Simple” and Future Continuous” statements. Remember that “Adverbs” are extremely important in the English language. As a modifier, “Adverbs” do just that; they modify our statements in combination with “Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs and entire sentences”.
The use of “Adverbs” allows a better or clearer understanding when we communicate. Another extremely common word combination to express the “Present and Future” is “I would like”. Short form or as a contraction; I’d like”. An example might be “I’d like to visit my friends tomorrow”. Tomorrow is the “Adverb”. “I’d like” is a future intention.
We also use this expression for requests and offers at the time of speech. An example might be “I’d like a cup of coffee please”. This is an “Indirect Request”. It is often used as a polite way to simply ask someone for something. This article is a brief explanation of the use of “Modal verbs”. Remember, we use “Modal Auxiliary Verbs and Adverbs” in many ways in the English language.
Until next time…
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