Astrology

Astrology

Feb 21 2018

Intro

What’s your sign? Are you a stubborn Taurus? A two-faced Gemini? A determined Capricorn? The signs of the zodiac all have certain characteristics associated with them. Some people love to read their horoscopes and use them to predict how their day or their week will be. Other people think the whole thing is just silly. How could everyone born in a particular month be alike?

It’s possible that astrology is only as useful as you want it to be. You don’t have to be completely convinced to find it fun to look at your horoscope online or in the newspaper every now and then. And isn’t it fun when you discover something written about your sign that is actually very true? Find out whether Lily and Greta are believers in this English lesson.

Dialogue

Lily: Greta, what’s your sign?
Greta: I think I’m a Virgo.
Lily: Yeah, that makes a whole lot of sense.
Greta: Is that what you mean when you say “sign”?
Lily: Yeah. Sign like in astrology. There are 12 signs on the zodiac, and each one corresponds roughly with about a month or two of the regular calendar. And according to the zodiac, depending on what sign you are, it corresponds with what kind of personality you have, the path that your life will take, what kind of professions you like, and that sort of thing. It’s pretty cool.
Greta: Huh. I’ve always thought of astrology as being sort of New Age-y, kind of woo-woo. Where’s the science behind the idea that all people born in August are similar?
Lily: Yeah, it’s just kind of a fun thing to do. Even if it doesn’t always completely match up, it’s just fun to see what actual similarities there are.
Greta: That’s true. I will say, I do like reading my horoscope in the paper. So I suppose I do buy into the astrology thing a little bit. But I rarely take the advice they offer.
Lily: Yeah. It’s fun, but you don’t have to take it too seriously.

Discussion

Greta is not a big believer in astrology. She’s not even sure what her sign is. Lily seems to know a bit more about it. She understands that the zodiac assigns certain characteristics to people born at certain times in the calendar year.

Greta just has trouble believing that everyone born in a particular month could be alike. Lily thinks that maybe Greta’s taking it a bit too seriously. It can be fun to read your horoscope and see how it matches up to your life, but you don’t have to believe every word of it.

What’s your sign? Do you believe in astrology? Do you read your horoscope, or any similar predictions?

Grammar Point

Phrasal Verbs

Greta says that she buys into astrology a little bit. She uses a phrasal verb.

Phrasal verbs are composed of a verb + a preposition or adverb that alters the original meaning of the verb. In the example above, “buy” means to purchase, but “buy into” means to believe or agree with.

Some phrasal verbs are non-separable, meaning the preposition must directly follow the verb. For instance, you can say “I bought into his plan for a while,” but not, “I bought his plan into for a while,” because “buy into” is non-separable. On the other hand, “drop off” is separable. You can say, “I have to drop off my son at school” or “I have to drop my son off at school.”

How do you find out if a phrasal verb is separable or non-separable? The only way to know is to look it up!

Which is correct, “Put on your shoes!”, or, “Put your shoes on!”?

Quiz

  1. What sign is Lily?

  2. What does Lily think astrology can tell you about yourself?

  3. Which doesn’t belong?

  4. Which sentence contains a phrasal verb?


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