Ask and tell
You use ask when there is a question in our statement.
- My mother asked me if I ate my breakfast. (Did you eat your breakfast?)
You use tell when we are making a statement.
- My mother told me to eat my breakfast. (Eat your breakfast.)
INSTRUCTIONS: Choose ask or tell to complete each sentence. Remember to use appropriate capitalization if the word begins a sentence.
- I want to __________________ you something important about work.
- I am going to __________________her if she will marry me.
- Did you __________________him if you could come over?
- I want to __________________you that I passed the test.
- She called to __________________you that she found your wallet.
- I was going to __________________you if I could come to see you now.
- __________________me how old you are.
- __________________me questions to help me study for the final exam.
- They want to __________________you if they can borrow some money.
- We need to __________________if you can get there by bus.
Not with nothing and anything
Not with nothing
You don’t use not with nothing. This a “double negative”, and you don’t usually use double negatives in standard English.
notnothing in the newspaper today that is interesting.
Not with anything
You use not with anything.
- There’s not anything in the newspaper today that is interesting.
Or you use nothing alone.
- There’s nothing in the newspaper today that is interesting.
INSTRUCTIONS: Choose nothing or anything to complete the sentences below. Remember to use appropriate capitalization if the word begins a sentence.
- I don’t have __________________to do after lunch.
- There isn’t __________________in the box; it’s empty.
- It’s not a big deal, but on the other hand, I wouldn’t say it’s __________________.
- She can’t do __________________without more money.
- He won’t do __________________ about the problem.
- Wonderful! There’s __________________left to do. You did all the work.
- Wonderful! There’s not __________________left to do. You did all the work.
- There isn’t __________________to drink in the refrigerator.
- I don’t think __________________is wrong with the computer; do you?
- __________________is a secret with my daughter; she knows everything about me.