v. to tell
1. to tell someone something means to give information to someone.
eg. He told me his name.
They told me their address.
Q. Tell me your address.
Q. What did he / she tell me?
Q. Tell me your best friend’s name.
Q. What did he / she tell me?
Q. Tell me something about your city.
Q. Ask him / her to tell you something about his / her country / city.
Q. Who would you tell if you lost your credit card?
2. to tell someone to do something
eg. A manager or a boss tells people what to do.
eg. The teacher told me to do my homework.
Q. Give me your book.
Q. What did I tell you to do?
Q. Who tells children what to do:
a. at home? b. at school?
Q. What kind of things do parents tell their children:
a. to do? b. not to do?
Q. What kinds of things did your parents tell you to do / not to do?
Q. Did you always do what your parents told you?
We use the imperative when we tell someone what to do.
We make the imperative with the infinitive without to.
eg. Sit down.
Open your books at page 25.
NB. Teachers often use the imperative to tell students what to do.
But using the imperative can be rude so don’t use it if you are not sure.
Q. When do we use the imperative?
Q. Tell me to do something using the imperative.
Q. Is it polite to use the imperative?
A story is a description of what happens to someone.
A story can come from your imagination or a real experience.
Q. Do children like stories?
Q. Did your parents read you stories before you went to sleep?
Q. Have there been any interesting news stories recently?
Q. Can you think of a film that came from a real story? The Pursuit Of Happyness, United 93, JFK,
The Last Emperor, Munich, Ray, World Trade Centre, Amadeus
Q. What is the difference between a story and history?
v. to lie n. liar n. the truth (to tell the truth)
lying present participle
lied past participle
Q. Do you always tell your parents the truth?
Q. Have you ever lied in a job interview?
Q. How do you know when someone is lying to you?
Q. Which of these films is based on a true story?
a. Schindler’s List b. E.T.
Q. Would I be a liar if I said I were really rich?
Q. Did you use to lie to your teachers about your homework?
expressions using tell
expr. tell the time expr. tell a story expr. tell a joke
Q. Can you tell (me) the time?
Q. What do we use to tell the time?
Q. Are you good at telling jokes?
Q. Who told you exciting stories when you were a child?
adj. / n. secret expr. keep a secret
A secret is private information that you don’t want other people to know.
Q. Who can you tell your secrets to?
Q. Can you keep a secret?
Q. What do we call people who try to find out secret information about other countries?
Q. Do you have a secret place where you hide important / private things?
Q. Where is it?
Q. Would you tell your best friend’s secrets to anyone else?
Q. What if I paid you a million dollars?
n. make-up ph. v. to put on
ph. v. to take off
Q. Am I wearing make-up?
Q. How many different kinds of make-up can you think of?
Q. When do people put on their make-up?
Q. When do people take off their make-up?
Q. Where do you keep your make-up?
Q. What would you put on before you went skiing?
v. to hang (up) ph. v. to hang on
Q. Where do we hang pictures?
Q. Where do you hang up your clothes?
Q. Do you always hang your clothes up after you take them off?
Q. If I told you to hang on a minute, what would I want you to do?
Q. What does to hang up the phone mean?
adj. honest adj. dishonest
If you are honest, you tell the truth.
If you are dishonest, you tell lies.
Q. Are you an honest person?