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7 Tom Has A Question

7. Tom has a question.

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Tom has a question. He doesn’t understand something, so he’s asking his teacher a question. Tom doesn’t understand how to make the present tense negative. His teacher tells him to use the helping verb "do" and the word "not" with the main verb. After the teacher explains what to do, Tom understands.

Tom is a high school student. He moved to the United States with his family from a small town in Russia. His first language is Russian, but he can speak a little bit of English. Tom is taking an ESL class to improve his English.

His teacher’s name is Mr. Amundsen. He teaches five different classes during the school day. All of Mr. Amundsen’s students are from countries outside the United States and they are all learning English as a second language. Most of his students are from Mexico, Russia, Somalia, Cambodia, and Viet Nam.


Now you try it. Read the paragraph above. If you have a microphone, you can record your voice and compare it to my voice.


  How much do you remember from the reading? Fill in the blanks.

  • 1A: Why is Tom asking a question?
  • 1B: He ___________ understand something.
  • 2A: What is Tom’s first language?
  • 2B: It’s ________________.
  • 3A: How many different classes does Mr. Amundsen teach during the school day?
  • 3B: He _________ five different classes.
  • 4A: What countries are Mr. Amundsen’s students ______?
  • 4B: They’re from Mexico, Russia, Somalia, Cambodia, and Viet Nam.

(Answers: 1. doesn’t; 2. Russian; 3. teaches; 4. from)

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