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In this month’s edition, we’ll learn how to ask for directions and give directions. This might sound like an easy task, but you’ll be surprised how many tricky phrases you use each time you give or ask for directions. We’ll also talk about the imperative mood.
Notice the underlined phrases that will help you ask for and give directions.
Fred: Peter, make sure you leave your house early enough tomorrow to get to the party on time.
Peter: Don’t worry! I’ll be there on time, but I’m not sure I remember how to get there. Can you remind me what the best route is?
Fred: I suggest you take the freeway.
Peter: Won’t there be heavy traffic at that time?
Fred: Drivers in the southbound lanes will probably be stuck in traffic jams for quite a while, but you need to travel north.
Peter: I see. So where do I get off the freeway and what do I do from there?
Fred: Stay on the freeway until you get to the 5th exit. That’s where you need to get off. When you get to the intersection, turn right to highway 19.
Peter: Is there a traffic light at the intersection or just a stop sign?
Fred: It’s a traffic light; be careful, it changes really quickly. I almost had an accident there a couple of years ago.
Peter: So I get on highway 19. Then what?
Fred: Keep driving east on Highway 19 until you see a big gas station on your right. Immediately after the gas station, you’ll see a sign to Hummingbird Street. Turn right and after 5 minutes turn left to California Boulevard. Make a U-turn at the first roundabout and stop at the second building on the right. You can park on the road.
Peter: Thanks Fred, but that’s a little too complicated for me, I think I’ll just use my GPS.
Did you know that when you use GPS you’re actually tapping into a complex database that gets information from satellites in space? The system was built in 1973 by the US government to serve military purposes and was later made available to the general public.
The imperative is used to instruct someone to do something. It’s really easy to use because it’s always formed using the base form of the verb. In fact, you can write a full sentence with one word. For example: Stop!
Here are some more examples:
· Could you please pass the salt?
· Turn left!
· Sit down!
That’s it for now!
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See you next time!