3º ESO

It is very important to check the class rules at the beginning of the school year and to have a look at all the pieces of advice given by students in my blog (Pay attention to those students who have done your level)!!!

Unit 9: PASSIVE VOICE >>>   explanation    exercises  another explanation    


If you want to revise the difference between MUST, SHOULD & HAVE TO, here's an exercise to do:


BOTH OF THEM, NEITHER OF THEM, ALL OF THEM, NONE OF THEM...  + neither...nor, both...and, either...or

Complete the sentences  with appropriate phrases.

1. ____________ Messi __________ Higuain play football, but ____________________ plays for the Spanish national team.
2. _________________________ the Spanish football players won the  UEFA Best Player in Europe Award even if ___________________ are World champions and they have won twice the European Championship in the latest years.
3. ____________ Nerea __________ Fausto will have to do the exercise on the blackboard.
4. The Callejón Bros. are ____________ footballers. _______________________ are from Motril, but _____________________________ will ever play for FC Barcelona.
5. Albert has brought exams for ______________________ us, but ___________________ is happy with this surprise exam.
6. ________________ Lobres _______________ Molvízar is on the coast.

And now translate these sentences into English.

7. Tanto mi padre como mi madre fueron a la universidad. De hecho, ambos trabajan en la misma oficina, aunque a ninguno de los dos les gusta trabajar en Madrid.
8. Todos mis amigos salen los sábados por la noche porque ninguno de sus padres les dice nada.
9. Sin embargo, ni mi padre ni mi madre me dejan salir por la noche porque dicen que todas las calles son muy peligrosas cuando oscurece.
10. Entonces, si quieres venir a mi fiesta de cumpleaños, o bien te quedas a dormir en mi casa o bien vienen tus padres a recogerte.

Some excercises on YET, ALREADY & STILL:    1   ,  2    ,  3   ,   4                           

Insert the second sentences into the first ones by means of a WHOSE-relative clause.

1. The house is beautiful. Its windows are open.

2. He was wearing a cap. Its colour was electric green.

3. The woman is on the phone. Her name is Greek.

4. Look at the man. You met his son at the party.

5. Paris is the city. Its main monument is the Eiffel Tower.

More RELATIVE CLAUSES exercises to do:    WHO/WHICH/WHOSE   (2)


How to ask for quantity:

How much milk is there in the bottle?

How many apples are there in the bowl?

How to answer:

There is ENOUGH milk in the bottle.          There are ENOUGH apples in the bowl.

There is (ONLY) A LITTLE / VERY LITTLE milk in the bottle.     >>>>> UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS

There are (ONLY) A FEW / VERY FEW apples in  the bowl.     >>>>> COUNTABLE NOUNS

There is A LOT OF milk in the bottle.          There are A LOT OF apples in the bowl.

There isn't  MUCH milk in the bottle. Is there MUCH milk in the bottle?     >>>>> UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS

There aren't MANY apples in  the bowl. Are there MANY apples in the bowl?    >>>>> COUNTABLE NOUNS

There is  TOO MUCH milk in the bottle.      >>>>> UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS

There are TOO MANY apples in  the bowl.    >>>>> COUNTABLE NOUNS

Lunch is nearly finished in the snack bar. What food and drink is left? Write true sentences with the following words: 


      (too much)_________________________________________


      (a little)__________________________________________

      (How?) __________________________________________

      (many) ______________________________________

Now write some other sentences using other words connected with QUANTITY and presented above.

Mummy's cooking paella. Fill in the gaps with quantifiers and any other suitable words, which cannot be repeated.

Boy: "What are you cooking, Mummy?"

Mummy: "I'm cooking paella. Some friends are coming for lunch."

Girl: "____________ people are coming?"

Mummy: "Only _________, just three. They are not _______ , but I haven't got ________ rice."

Boy: "____________ rice do you need? Five kilos?"

Mummy: "Oh, no! That's ____________ "

Girl: "Of course, we only need half a kilo."

Mummy: " Oh, no! That's very ____________. We need just one kilo."

Boy: "That is not ____________ and I'm very hungry."

Mummy: "Don't worry! Go to the supermarket now because there are not ____________ people and we need ____________ things for lunch."

Boy & Girl : "Alright! Off we go!"


LANGUAGE IN USE. Write questions for these answers :

     1. ___________________________ ? Gérard Depardieu is from France.

     2. _________________________________ ? My mother is 35 years old.

     3. ___________________________________ ? I'm sorry. I don't know.

     4. _______________________________ ? 9, Malaga Avenue, Balanegra.

Some exercises to practise:

Write the questions for the following answers:Students

 1. _______________________________ ? My father gets up at 7.00 .

2. _______________________________ ? He goes to work by bus .

3. _______________________________ ? He has lunch with his friends .

4. _______________________________ ? He has fish and chips for lunch.

5. _______________________________ ? He's a mechanic .

6. _______________________________ ? He sometimes helps me with my homework.



"I bought some mineral water"     YOU: "Did you? So did my mother." OR  "Did you? My mother didn't"
"I didn't buy any beer"    YOU: "Didn't you? Neither / Nor did my mother." OR  "Didn't you? My mother did."

1. "My brother is very tired."  YOU: "................? __________________ I".

2. "I always study before dinner."   YOU: ".................? ____________________ my sister."

3. "I've missed my bus to Motril"       YOU: "............? __________________ my parents."

4. "I'm not very good at English."     Víctor: "...................? I ___________________"

5. "I can't speak German"    YOU: ".....................? ________________ we."

6. "I can't find any photos for my tourist brochure."  YOU: "..........................? My English teacher ____________"

7.  "We are going to Edinburgh at the end of March."   YOU: "..................? _________________ Albert's students."

8. "She has got a new boyfriend."    YOU: "................? I _______________"

9. "I don't smoke Havana cigars."    YOU: ".............? ________________ smurfs."

10. "I was born in Salobreña."       YOU: "..........? Albert ____________. I think he was born in Colone, Germany."     


Example: 'My parents go out every Friday evening.'     'Do they? Mine don't. They just stay at home and watch TV'

1. Mi hermana limpia el polvo dos veces a la semana.

2. Los domingos por la mañana yo me encargo de la colada.

3. Por la noche mi padre se encarga de la cena y yo de fregar los platos.

4. Todos los viernes mi madre se encarga de la plancha.

Fill in the gaps with the appropriate RELATIVE PRONOUN (who, which, where) and then say which sentences can have the relative pronoun THAT

1. I went to see the doctor ................ had helped my sister.

2. That is the hospital .................... the doctor works.

3. The dog .................. bit me belonged to my neighbour.

4. The woman ...................... phoned wanted to talk to my mother.

5. My mother bought the dress in the shop ....................... we saw the red sweater.

6. He is the architect .......................... designed the new bridge over the River Thames.

7. A library is a place ........................ people can read books.

8. Books are things ........................... give you a lot of information about different topics.

Now define what 'a student'  is.

MAKING SUGGESTIONS (Analyse different ways how to suggest first)

YOU: "I don't know what to do at Easter"    

ALBERT:     - "Why don't we go to Edinburgh?"

                           - "Let's go to Edinburgh"     "Let's not go to Edinburgh"

                            - "Shall we go to Edinburgh?"

                            - "How about going to Edinburgh?

                            - "What about going to Edinburgh?"

YOU:     "Great. I'd love to"      "That's a great idea!"    "Fantastic!"

                "I'm afraid I can't."      "I'm sorry, but I have to take care of my little sister."

                "All right, but you'll have to lend me some money."   "OK, but can you help me with my English homework?"    

1. YOU: "There is nothing on TV tonight."

2. YOU: "I am going on holiday to the north of Spain."

3. YOU: "I'm afraid I'm going to fail English."

4. Víctor: "10 kg of baggage is not enough for me."

5. YOU: "We would like to give a surprise birthday party for our History teacher."

6. YOU: "I don't know which kind of present we could give him."

7.  YOU: "We've still got 2 T-shirts and 3 sweaters left to sell. What can we do?"

8. YOU: "It's raining. We can't go out."

9. YOU: "I'm starving."

10. YOU: "The classroom is really untidy and messy. Albert is going to get really furious with us when he comes."      

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EXTRA-PRACTICE  >>> Unit 3 , page 32, exercise 4

Read the following situations. Make polite requests for problems you have and make polite offers when someone has got a problem.

1. "There is no mineral water and I'm thirsty."  YOU: "......"

2. YOU: "I'm very tired and I don't want to cook dinner.  .................?"

3. "I've missed my bus to Motril"       YOU: "............"

4. "I'm not very good at English."     Víctor: "..................."

5. YOU: "I'm not very good at English.  ......................?"

6. YOU: "I can't find any photos for my tourist brochure. .............................?"

It is very important to check the class rules at the beginning of the school year!!!

You may have heard many horrible stories about your English teacher Albert as a student predator, kid killer, blood lover... and many other sweet adjectives and things. Anyway, it may be true or "he isn't the monster he's made out to be" / "his bark is worse than his bite".

Can you think about these two expressions and tell me what they mean? We will talk about it in class.