Thursday, January 27, 2011

Neat Grammar Lesson

I received this email from M.Adamcik. Look at the many uses and contexts for the word "UP".

This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is 'UP.' It is listed in the
dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v].

It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky
or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do
we speak UP, and why are the
officers UP for
election and why is it UP to the secretary to
write UP a report?
We call UP our friends,
brighten UP a room, polish UP the
silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We
lock UP the house and
fix UP the old car.

At other times this little word has real special
meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets,
work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.

To be dressed is one
thing but to be dressed UP is

And this UP is confusing: A
drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.

We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at
night. We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP !

To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP,
look UP the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary,
it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can
add UP to about
thirty definitions

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may
wind UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is
clouding UP . When the sun comes out
we say it is clearing UP.
When it rains, it soaks UP the
earth. When it does not rain for a while, things dry UP.

One could go on & on, but I'll wrap
it UP, for now time is UP !

Send this on to everyone you
look UP in your address
book..or's UP to you.

I'll shut UP

It would be neat to extend this by having students write something similar for other words in the English language that have multiple meanings. The teacher could create a list of words and (in groups) students could write something similar for their assigned term. Here is a list to help you get started:

1 comment:

  1. I have received this email many times but had never thought of using it as the base for a grammar lesson, great idea! It is no wonder that the English language is such a hard one to get a handle on!