Hey plural nouns are really kind of difficult if you
compare them to singular nouns. Be sure to study the
different ways to form plural nouns above.
is very important to make sure the words in a sentence have
singular and plural agreement. In the following test, choose the
1. Choose the
a. She is taking less classes this semester.
b. She is taking fewer classes this semester.
2. Choose the
a. That student is always late for class. He
annoys the teacher.
b. That student is always late for class. They
annoy the teacher.
3. Choose the
a. That food has a lot of sugars.
b. That food has a lot of sugar.
4. Choose the
a. Every students was on time for class this
b. Every student was on time for class this
5. Choose the
a. This news is very exciting.
b. These news is very exciting.
6. Choose the
a. There are fewer calories in light beer than
b. There are less calories in light beer than
7. Choose the
a. John always gives his wife a lot of jewelry.
b. John always gives his wife a lot of jewelries.
8. Choose the
a. We bought a lot of used furniture at a garage
b. We bought a lot of used furnitures at a garage sale.
9. Choose the
a. The new equipments for the basketball team has
b. The new equipment for the basketball team has
10. Choose the
a. Mayumi bought a little apples for her lunches
b. Mayumi bought a few apples for her lunch this
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In this lesson Lightning Bolt Lady goes looking for her
superpowers. But will she ever find them? And will she
Watch the video and then read the video script.
ANNOUNCER: When last we saw Anna, she had made a new friend. And they had been
talking about superheroes for a while when suddenly Anna became Lightning Bolt
ANNOUNCER: She tried to find her superpowers. But it did not go well.
ANNOUNCER: She can’t fly, become invisible or create a force field. And she
really cannot walk through walls. Ouch, Lightning Bolt Lady.
ANNOUNCER: She had been walking into that wall for about 15 minutes when she had
a great idea.
LIGHTNING BOLT LADY: I just had a great idea!
ANNOUNCER: I can’t wait to hear this one! But first, let’s talk about grammar.
ANNOUNCER: Professor Bot is on vacation this week. I’m the announcer. So, I’m
going to tell you about the past perfect continuous.
ANNOUNCER: We use this verb tense to show that an action started in the past and
continued to another time or action in the past.
ANNOUNCER: For example, I said, “She had been walking into that wall for about
15 minutes when she had a great idea.”
ANNOUNCER: Had been walking is the past perfect continuous of the verb walk.
It’s had been plus the -ing form of the verb.
ANNOUNCER: You’ll hear me use this verb tense a few more times today.
ANNOUNCER: Now, what am I forgetting? Oh right! Lightning Bolt Lady’s great
LIGHTNING BOLT LADY: If I want to know my superpowers, I’ll need to learn about
ANNOUNCER: So, she read many books about lightning.
LIGHTNING BOLT LADY: Wow. A lightning strike usually lasts less than a second.
(She tells this to a person and he slowly moves away.)
LIGHTNING BOLT LADY: Lightning is really fast and I like speed walking. So,
maybe one of my superpowers is super-speed walking! (to stranger) Bye!
(She begins to super-speed walk.)
LIGHTNING BOLT LADY: Check! Super-speed walking is definitely one of my
LIGHTNING BOLT LADY: Lightning has millions of volts of electricity. Amazing!
(She puts her hand up and lightning bolts shoot from her fingers.)
LIGHTNING BOLT LADY: Wow! I can charge a lot of batteries with this superpower!
ANNOUNCER: She had been looking for hours for someone to help when she found her
WOMAN: Hello? Hello? I’m sorry. I’m going to have to call you back. My phone is
LIGHTNING BOLT LADY: Excuse me, I can charge your phone.
WOMAN: Really? Thanks!
LIGHTNING BOLT LADY: I’m Lightning Bolt Lady!
(She takes the woman's phone and shoots it with a lightning bolt. But it turns
into ashes. Then, she gives the woman lots of money and smiles and says
ANNOUNCER: She had been practicing her superpowers all day. Suddenly, she heard
a terrible sound – a child’s disappointment.
ANNOUNCER: These children tried to light a fire for over an hour. But then, they
PARENT: Hey kids, that wood will never burn. It’is too wet.
LIGHTNING BOLT LADY: Small humans, what is wrong?
CHILD: Stranger danger!
LIGHTNING BOLT LADY: I’m Lightning Bolt Lady!
YOUNG MAN: Oh no. It’s you.
LIGHTNING BOLT LADY: (to YOUNG MAN:) We meet again. And guess what: I found my
CHILD: Well, we need a fire to toast the marshmallows to make S’mores.
LIGHTNING BOLT LADY: I can help.
YOUNG MAN: We don’t need a super-speed walker but thanks!
LIGHTNING BOLT LADY: Super-speed walking is just one of my superpowers. I can
also do this!
(She tries to use her lightning bolts but it doesn't go well.)
LIGHTNING BOLT LADY: Sorry! Let me do it again.
(She lights the fire with her lightning bolts.)
CHILDREN: Thanks, Lightning Bolt Lady!
YOUNG MAN: Lightning Bolt Lady
LIGHTNING BOLT LADY: You’re welcome. But you don’t have enough firewood. Using
my super-speed walking, I will get more.
(She super-speed walks around to get firewood.)
PARENT: Lightning Bolt Lady, come back! A lightning storm is coming!
LIGHTNING BOLT LADY: Not a chance! There’s not a cloud in the …
CHILD: Lightning Bolt Lady, are you okay?
CHILD: Where's your super-suit?
ANNA: Oh no! I've lost my superpowers!
YOUNG MAN: It's starting to rain. Do you want to go inside and eat some S’mores?
ANNA: You read my mind.
ANNA: You know, I thought mind reading would be one of my superpowers. But it
CHILD: That’d be a cool superpower. But I’d rather be able to talk to animals.
CHILD: That would be a cool superpower.
Now practice listening to only the audio portion of the conversation.
Now, you try it!
First, read about the past perfect continuous verb tense below. Then, write two
or three sentences in the Comments section about an action that started in the
past and continued to another time or action.
Be sure to use past perfect continuous in each sentence!
For example: They had been studying English for two years before they began
school in Washington, D.C.
Past Perfect Continuous
We use the past perfect continuous verb tense in two ways:
To show that something started in the past and continued up until another time
or action in the past
They had been talking about superheroes for a while when suddenly Anna became
Lightning Bolt Lady!
How long had Lightning Bolt Lady been trying to find her superpowers?
She'd not been trying for more than a day when she found her chance.
To show that something caused something else in the past
Lightning Bolt Lady was happy because she had been using her superpowers all
The children were disappointed because they'd been wanting to make S’mores.
The young man was surprised when Lightning Bolt Lady arrived because he had not
been waiting for her.
Notice that, with the past perfect continuous, we often shorten the word had
with personal pronouns: I’d / you'd / he'd / she'd / we'd / they'd.
How well do you know the grammar from Level 2? Test yourself!
In Lesson 25, you will see examples of grammar that you have learned in Level 2.
Look for sentences in Lesson 25 with:
Other grammar you've learned in Level 2
Then, write those sentences in the Comments section. For example: She had been
walking into that wall for about 15 minutes when she had a great idea. (The
adverb clause is "when she had a great idea.")
n. the soft gray powder that remains after
something, such as wood, has been completely burned and destroyed by fire
adj. a number that is calculated by adding
quantities together and then dividing the total by the number of quantities
n. a device that is placed inside a machine
(such as a clock, toy, or car) to supply it with electricity
v. something or someone that makes something
happen or exist
v. to give an amount of electricity to
n. a white or gray mass in the sky that is made
of many very small drops of water
adv. without doubt
n. the state of feeling of being disappointed
n. wood used to make fire
give up –
phrasal verb. to stop an activity or effort
n. a soft, white, sweet food made of sugar and
n. the number 1,000,000
not a chance –
expression. there is no possibility
n. a unit of time that is equal to 1/60 of a
n. a sweet snack consisting of a chocolate bar
and toasted marshmallows sandwiched between graham crackers
n. the act of hitting something with force
adj. very shocking and upsetting
n. a unit for measuring the force of an
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