Working Out

Working Out

Jan 18 2021

Intro

Do you like running? How about going for long walks? Or maybe you are more into lifting weights. No matter what you do, working out is an important part of staying healthy.

There are many different ways to work out. Some people want to get really big muscles, so they go to the gym and pump iron. Other people are more casual and just want to get a little definition. These people usually just want to get fit, so they do things like go for a hike. It’s always good to get up and move instead of just sit and watch TV.

Jessica asks Romeo for some advice about working out. Find out what he says in today’s English lesson about being active.

Dialogue

Jessica: Romeo, I have wanted to start working out, but I don’t know where to begin. I would rather do something more casual, like go on a hike. Do you have any advice?
Romeo: Well, it depends on what your focus is. Are you trying to get fit? Or are you looking to be a body builder?
Jessica: Well, I would definitely like to get some definition in my muscles. But I might want to just start slow.
Romeo: I like that. I like your intentions.
Jessica: Thanks.
Romeo: You should try amino acids. I would definitely encourage you to do that.
Jessica: Thank you.
Romeo: You don’t always have to pump iron. It sounds like you’re more interested in just getting fit.
Jessica: Exactly. Maybe I’ll work up to lifting weights on a regular basis, and then you can come help me.
Romeo: No problem. I would love to.
Jessica: Thanks, Romeo!

Discussion

Jessica wants to start working out. She is not very interested in lifting weights at the moment, but would rather do things like go for a hike to get fit. She doesn’t want to get very strong. She just wants to work on her definition.

Romeo likes working out a lot. He is more of a body builder, but is happy to help Jessica in any way that he can. He tells her she should take some amino acids and just work on her muscles.

Do you like working out? Are you more of a body builder, or do you just want to get fit?

Grammar Point

Simple Present Tense

Romeo thinks that Jessica has a good plan for working out. He says, “I like that. I like your intentions.” He uses the simple present tense.

We use the simple present tense to talk about regular or habitual actions.

For most verbs in the simple present tense, you must add an “s” to the end of the verb for he/she/it, as in, “Devan hates the holidays.” However, for some verbs, you have to add -es for he/she/it, as in, “She watches a lot of TV,” or, “He misses his mom.”

So, how do you know when -es is necessary? One rule to remember is that any verb ending in -ch, -sh or -ss needs to end with -es, not s, for he/she/it.

For the other pronouns, I/you/we/they, regular verbs simply take the basic verb form. For example, “I play basketball,” or, “We love watching movies.” Or, in Romeo’s case, “I like your intentions.”

And remember, you can use “always” in front of a simple present verb to indicate that something happens all the time.

Which is correct, “Juanita love to eat ice cream,” or, “Juanita loves to eat ice cream”?

Quiz

  1. Jessica wants to __.

  2. What does Romeo encourage Jessica to do?

  3. Get fit means _; pump iron means _.

  4. Which sentence correctly uses the present tense?


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