KISS Level 2.1.1 Understood "You"
Notes for Teachers
When they see a sentence such as "Close the
door," some students can figure out on their own that "You" is the understood
subject of "close." However, brief instruction and an exercise or two should
make this clear for all students. Traditional grammars refer to these sentences
as “Imperatives” or the “Imperative Mood.” Some grammars simply use the
term “Commands.” Obviously, you can, if you wish, teach students these
names, but remember that the primary problem in the teaching of grammar
is an overabundance of terminology.
|Suggested Directions for Analytical Exercises
1. Place parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase. Draw an
arrow from the preposition to the word that the phrase modifies, and above
the phrase write “Adj” for “adjective” or “Adv” for “adverb.”
2. Write in the understood “you” in each sentence.
3. Underline verbs twice, their subjects once, and write “C” above
|Probable Time Required
An exercise done in class is probably all
that most students will need to master this idea.