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English home language

Grade 5

That sinking feeling

Module 24



Communication can be described as an exchange of ideas and feelings, and also as the successful giving and receiving of information.

The choice of words and their arrangement in sentences is very important if one wants to convey the message correctly.


What frustrates you about giving or receiving a verbal message?

How many times are you misunderstood?

Do these misunderstandings cause ... confusion? … chaos?

Maybe even anger between you and someone else?

Look at this interesting sentence:

“Hastily summoning an ambulance, the corpse was taken to the morgue.”

1. Who called for the ambulance ___ the corpse?

2. How should this sentence have been written?

If you wish to communicate effectively and successfully, you will need to be clear in that which you say and write.

Exercise 1

How should the following sentences be written so that they communicate the intended meaning in each case?

  1. This is a quiet, happy neighbourhood with dogs and children riding bicycles.
  2. An umbrella was lost by a young lady with silver ribs.
  3. The young man had his arm tattooed in the Army, but now that he is getting married he’d like it taken off.
  4. The students observed the aeroplanes flying in formation through the window.
  5. If the milk does not agree with the baby, boil it.

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Exercise 2

  1. The salesgirl unpacked the stockings from their boxes and threw them in the bin.
  2. All meat in this window is from local farmers killed on the premises. (Sign in a shop window).
  3. For a delicious baked custard – in a bowl, mix 3 eggs, a quarter of a cup of sugar and warm milk. cook standing in boiling water.
  4. Be sure to try Sanderson’s Savoury Sausages. You’ll never get better.

Exercise 3

Words that are confusing. Select the correct word from the brackets:

  1. He is determined to (precede/proceed) with his coaching.
  2. (Whose/Who’s) taken my lunch?
  3. Her writing was so untidy that it was almost (eligible/illegible).
  4. (Your/You’re ) not leaving the country.
  5. The (personal/personnel) manager was responsible for helping the staff.

Exercise 4

Correct the faults in the following sentences:

  1. She performed real good .
  2. Neither Mark or John are going to the cinema.
  3. She couldn’t find her brother nowhere .
  4. We must learn to behave himself.
  5. There are less people here today than there was yesterday.
  6. They swam faster than him.

[LO 3.6; 4.4.1; 5.1.5]

Exercise 5

Rewrite each of these sentences, omitting unnecessary words.

  1. In my opinion, I think you will win the race.
  2. In his report, the pilot reported that the plane’s radio was faulty.
  3. The lifeboat was the necessary essential.
  4. He hurried into the room in great haste.
  5. I will repeat again the instructions I gave you yesterday.

[LO 5.1.1]


Exercise 1

Find the blocks in which there are words missing capital letters. Rewrite the words correctly:

wolraad woltemade swim false bay britain
evidence waratah Tuesday vessel
cape town harbour mystery the argus
captain smith wreck steamship adderley street

Exercise 2

Correct these sentences, filling in the capitals where they have been omitted:

Questions & Answers

anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
what is the k.e before it land
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
I'm interested in nanotube
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
Ramkumar Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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