Chores

Chores

May 21 2019

Intro

No one likes to do them, but we have to. Chores are just one of those daily tasks that everyone must do to live comfortably. When we were little, we had easy chores like putting away our own toys. As we grew older, we began to have more and more chores.

Even though chores might not be difficult to do, they must be done often and are not fun. Wouldn’t you rather be going out with friends than cleaning your bathroom or folding laundry? People might even fight over chores when they live together because it is such an annoying task.

Gary and Julie talk about having to share the responsibility of doing chores. Find out more in today’s English lesson about keeping a clean house.

Dialogue

Gary: While you were growing up, did you have the responsibility of cleaning up your room? Or maybe when you lived with other people, there was an expectation on you that you would do a certain thing in the house to keep a space clean?

Julie:  When I was a kid, I’m sure I pitched in. I wasn’t really a slacker kid. But I’ve lived in a lot of houses with roommates where we’ve had a chore wheel. Have you ever seen a chore wheel?

Gary:  I’ve heard of that. How does that work?

Julie:  Like one week my job would be to clean the bathroom. And then the wheel would be turned on Sundays. And then the next week, my job would be to mow the lawn.

Gary:  Oh, interesting. And now, whenever I help out I feel like it’s the least I can do to help clean up after party. Or to help clean up after dinner.

Julie:  You would be an ideal housemate, because I have lived with people who have this sense of entitlement. Like they don’t have to do anything… they can just sit back and expect everything to be done for them.

Gary:  Well, I hope that you’ll live with some other people who are treating you better in the near future.

Julie:  Me, too.

Discussion

Julie tells Gary about how she helped around the house when she was younger. It has become a good habit and she is always helpful with chores. She talks about how she shares chores with the people who live with her. They use a chore wheel, where everybody has a new chore to do every week.

Gary is similar to Julie because he also helps with chores. He says that he feels like it’s the least he can do. Julie says that Gary would be a good roommate because he doesn’t mind doing chores.

Do you always do your chores? What is a chore you like to do?

Grammar Point

Plural vs. Possessive “S”

Julie says, “But I’ve lived in a lot of houses with roommates where we’ve had a chore wheel.” She uses plural words.

Most nouns form the plural by adding -s or -es. For example, boat becomes boats, or hat becomes hats. Julie has lived in more than one house with more than one roommate, therefore she says houses and roommates.

A noun ending with a consonant and the letter y forms the plural by adding -ies. For instance, city becomes cities, and baby becomes babies.

This is not true for all nouns. There are many irregular plural nouns, such as woman (women), potato (potatoes), or tooth (teeth), and some nouns are the same in both the singular and plural forms (such as sheep and fish), but most nouns are made plural by adding -s, -es or -ies.

When we want to show that something belongs to somebody or something, we usually add ’s to a singular noun, and an apostrophe to a plural noun. For example, the boy’s ball (one boy) or the boys’ ball (two boys). The number of balls doesn’t matter, only the number of possessors (in this case, boys).

We often use possessive ’s with proper nouns (names): Mary’s car, Sarah’s son, or Robert’s book. If the name ends in s, like Charles, we usually treat it like a singular noun and add ’s: Charles’s friend. However, it is also correct to just add the apostrophe: Charles’ friend.

Which is correct, “I need to get my moms signature on this permission slip,” or, “I need to get my mom’s signature on this permission slip”?

Quiz

  1. How did Julie feel about doing chores when she was a kid?

  2. Gary says that he helps out because __.

  3. Chores are an __ task that everyone has to do.

  4. Which is incorrect?


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