Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A story to read for pleasure:

Something for Nothing
A few months ago I was broke*. I had no money at all. I had nothing to eat and nothing to drink and nowhere to live. It was terrible.
Then I met a friend in the street. He bought me a cup of tea and I told him my problems.
He laughed. 'No problem', he said, 'I can tell you what to do….but you can only do it once!'
'What?' I asked hopefully.
'Well! You put an advertisement in the newspaper. I'll lend you the money to do it.'
'What am I advertising?' I asked, mystified*.
'You offer to send a picture of the Queen by a famous artist for £5. Then you sit and watch the money roll in!'
'How many people will want a picture of the Queen for £5?' I asked. 'You'd be surprised!' he smiled.
He lent me some money and I put the ad in the newspaper. I put it in the Sunday newspaper because I thought there would be more replies. There were 250 replies. Each letter enclosed £5. I was rich! I met my friend and gave him back the money he had lent me.
'Have you sent the pictures?' he asked. 'You'll be in trouble with the police if you don't!'
I was frightened*. 'No, I haven't!'
'You must do it immediately!' he told me.
'How? I can't paint 250 pictures of the Queen!'
When he told me what to do I began to smile.
What did he tell me to do?

The answer is at the bottom of the page.

To be broke = to have no money
To be mystified = you don't understand the situation
To give back = to return
To be frightened = to be afraid. (look it up in your dictionary)

Grammar: Notice the irregular Simple Past Tenses: met (meet), lent (lend), put (put), thought (think), gave (give), told (tell). (look the verbs in the brackets (…) up in your dictionary if you don't know them. Question form: did he tell ..?
Notice the Past Perfect: he had lent me
Notice the Present Perfect: have you sent…. And the 'tag' reply, 'No, I haven't'
Notice the spontaneous offer: 'I'll lend you the money…'
Notice 'will' to predict something in the future: you'll be in trouble, how many people will want… This is a different use of 'will' from the one above.

Answer: send each person an English stamp with a picture of the Queen on it.



Welcome to English at LERNFORUM Chur.  We teach English one to one or in small, personalised groups at every level and for every English language need. Cambridge and Swiss qualified, we're mother-language speaking, and most importantly, have a passion for helping you speak English.

Word of the Month


(adj): Sacred, divine, blessed.

Holiday: a holy or festive day; a day off, vacation (also sacred)

Expressions: Holy Cow! Literally true in India.

Ex: Holly Mackerel! Delicious, healthy and full of mercury.

Powered by Blogger.
Copyright © English at Lernforum Chur