Gerunds, Vowel Sounds And Small Pleasures

Hi Everyone,

Today we reviewed gerunds – when we take a verb and add ingFor example, wash – washing ; eat – eating ; and sit – sitting. Gerunds can be used as subjects , subject complements and objects in sentences. There are two rules to forming gerunds:

1.) when the verb ends in , drop the , and then add ing. For example, adore – adoring ; hate – hating ; and make – making. (when the verb ends in ie, drop the ie and add y – for example , die – dying ; tie – tying)

2.) when the verb has a “short” vowel, double the consonant and add ing. For example, win – winning; beg – begging; and hop – hopping.

We had a quick discussion on short and long vowel sounds.The five vowels – a, e, i, o, u  –  have different sounds. Take a look at this chart below and say the words out loud so you can hear the different sounds. Remember that long vowel sounds say their name.  

Here are the practice sheets and  reviews we did together with gerunds. Go over the table with the short vowel sounds and practice saying them out loud and listen to the vowel sounds Answers Gerund Practice and Review. Then we changed all these verbs in bold to gerunds Answers Ex 2 Gerund Practice. Nice job everyone!!



Now, today’s topic – Simple Pleasures are Life’s Treasures. We discussed what are simple pleasures in our everyday lives and how these little simple pleasures make us feel. We used gerunds as subjects to describe our daily pleasures. Then we watched this video , The Pleasure Of, which is a series of scenes of life’s simple pleasures. Take another look at it here: 

We went back over the video and described each scene using gerunds and lots of descriptive nouns and adjectives. Terrific job everyone!!!  Finally we took a look at these slides of life’s simple pleasures , hope you enjoy the music 🙂  Simple Pleasures

Words of the day

shrug (verb) : to raise and lower your shoulders usually to show that you do not know or care about something                                                                                              I asked him if he wanted to go out to dinner, and he just shrugged. 


over-the-top (adjective) : {informal}  going beyond what is expected, usual, normal, or appropriate : excessive or exaggerated                                                                   Her dress cost over $5,000 and was covered with diamonds, it was really over-the-top!

bells and whistles (noun) :{informal}  parts and features that are useful , but not essential or necessary                                                                                                          hat new Mercedes came with all the bells and whistles, including a GPS system and automatic parking features. 

Take Time to Enjoy Your Simple Life Pleasures, and Relax and Practice!