Last Modified: 1/31/04
#2.1, Oct 18, 2002 - crowd, lead, ready, slow, rent, popularity, -ion, addition,
#2.2, Oct 26, 2002 - whoever, which, scale, throat, set, slight, upstairs, reduce, care, imagination
#2.3, Nov 8, 2002 - president, office, trap, operate, idea, blame, descriptive, upright, everything, own
#2.4, Nov 8, 2002 - life, journey, brick, merry, fail, approve, jaw, hardship, whatever, goods
#2.5, Nov 17, 2002 - answer, silence, tune, camp, blood, lend, equal, determination, anger, name
#2.6, Nov 24, 2002 - me/I, quick, preparation, sum, pity, pipe, dip, outdoor, priest, pretty
#2.7, Nov 29, 2002 - machinery, into, wicked, mid-, turn, historical, upset, him, damage, apparatus
#2.10a, Jan 26, 2003 - bathe, narrow, jealous, sting, who, grief, decrease, annoy, camera, boot
#2.10b, Jan 26, 2003 - her, poor, sexual, origin, wise, cut, active, among, service, his
Vocab #2.1, Oct 18, 2002
Since people want it to continue, here we go. I'll still provide
sentences for context.
The goal here is to get through Longman's dictionary of 2197+ words,
which should be a good base for anyone. I'll do 10 words, 10 sentences, and
provide a theme grammatical structure each time. I will try to account for
obvious multiple meanings, and also make an effort to provide sentences
that reflect normal or newspaper speech, and not weird exercise language
(if you understand what I'm getting at).
So, here we go:
Theme: topicalization (make the vocab word the topic or focus of the
There was a huge crowd in front of the building.
She led her dog into the field.
Her dog was on a lead.
The pipes are made of lead.
He's ready to go now.
Snails are slow.
He runs slowly, and I bet he won't win the race.
I have to pay rent on the 5th of every month.
This was just a popularity contest.
two parts here: first, how are verbal nouns formed?
act > action, move > motion, see > vision.
second, the sentence:
His action was hasty.
Even the addition of an extra student increased class sizes beyond
Today is a say-something hat day!
I need to pack for my trip.
The pack she wore on the trip was way too heavy.
Vocab #2.2, Oct 26, 2002
Good job to everyone who did last weeks'! Keep up the good work!
Whoever stole my wallet is going to die!
Which one do you like better?
What kind of bathroom scale do you have?
How many scales are there on a trout?
Someone scaled the wall silently.
My throat hurt, so I guessed I had some kind of infection.
Every one of the dish sets was chipped
Everytime he sets the table, he forgets the spoons.
Whenever her son has a slight cough, she takes him to the doctor.
When we play hide-and-seek, sometimes I like to hide upstairs.
He needs to reduce the number of cigarettes he smokes.
No one cares about him.
I never had the imagination you have.
Vocab #2.3, Nov 8, 2002 (1 of 2)
topic: genitive relatives (or whatever the "whose..." clauses are called)
The president whose office is oval has moved to the country.
(I swear this juxtaposition was random)
The hunter whose trap was empty is angry.
He operated on her.
He knows how to operate a well/pump.
Whose idea was that?
The girl whose dress is torn blames you.
The guy whose writing is very descriptive will probably win awards.
It stood upright against the wall.
Everything is as messed up!
The old woman who owns that cat is really mean.
I can barely see my own hand in front of my face.
Vocab #2.4, Nov 8, 2002 (2 of 2)
topic: how to disambiguate (if at all) 3rd person referents
She owed her her life.
Their journey to visit their friends was long.
He gave his brick to him.
She was merry all day at the festival.
He failed to save him.
He approved his request.
Their jaws were bruised from fighting their enemies.
He thought his hardship too great to bear.
Whatever she did, she was not happy.
Their goods were locked on their wagon.
Vocab #2.5, Nov 17, 2002
This week's installment (a little late...sorry!)
topic: predicate adjectives
Her answer was too short.
She answered at length.
The silence was uncomfortable.
The tune he played was beautiful.
He tuned his tuneable instrument.
Their camp was nearly invisible.
They camped on the butte.
Blood is red.
She lends her time to anyone who asks.
We get equal pay for our work.
Her determination was impressive.
His anger was frightening.
Their names are far too long.
Vocab #2.6, Nov 24, 2002
topic: finite complement clauses
1. me, I
It bothers me that she is late.
I hope that Sam is quick.
I think she made a lot of preparations.
The sum of these numbers is 42.
I know that she sums quickly.
It is a pity that he did that.
Their pipes are dirty.
There is a dip in the road here.
I hear she dips her jelly donuts in her tea.
I saw him outdoors. (adv)
I want to go on an outdoor adventure. (adj)
The priest says that she is an honest woman.
I smelled the pretty flowers.
have fun with these, guys. Next week it'll be non-finite clauses.
Vocab #2.7, Nov 29, 2002
Wow, this week it's even on time!
topic: non-finite clauses
To repair machinery is difficult.
Entering into machinery is a serious matter.
She wants to be a wicked woman.
Mid-century, being a wicked woman was dangerous.
It's your turn.
He needs to turn around.
They want to study historical documents.
We are upset about his coming.
We need to tell him.
They are trying to damage our reputation.
It took a lot of damage in the battle.
This apparatus needs to be repaired.
Vocab #2.10a, Jan 26, 2003 (1 of 2)
After a nice little break, the exercises are back. Since I was absent for
so long, I've got two sets, continuing with the list.
I'm finding it difficult to come up with "topics" for the context
sentences, it would be a great help. This is why the second set is "up for
grabs". Make up your own context sentences... highlight a special feature
of your conlang.
Here we go:
He didn't bathe yesterday.
This road isn't that narrow.
I am not jealous!
Luckily, the hornet didn't sting me.
She couldn't come to grips with her grief.
The profits have not decreased for 2 years.
You couldn't annoy me if you tried.
That is not a camera - it's a calculator.
She doesn't like boots.
Don't boot him out!
Vocab #2.10b, Jan 26, 2003 (2 of 2)
topic: Up for grabs
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