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  • Kate
    30 December, 2008 at 15:31
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    I wondered if someone could help me out with this below……..

    How might you teach

    i don’t have any money left.
    Any – Used when you do not know the exact amount or it is not important. Generally used in a negative form.

    Left – I am not sure of how to explain this.


    Mr. G
    15 February, 2009 at 5:00
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    The first thought that comes to mind is your sentence: "I don’t have any money left" is passive. Its difficult to explain a "passive" sentence/statement.

    A simple solution would be to use "active" form: I don’t have any money". Using "left" is a word that has been casually thrown in while engaging in conversation. If you can explain the difference between "active and passive voice", you should be on target. But if using within a spoken lesson, you could say, use the word, ‘possession" and show your pants pockets are empty.

    Not sure how "interview" fits in this question.

    7 March, 2009 at 22:21
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    There is an important difference in meaning between:

    "I don’t have any money" and
    "I don’t have any money left"

    The second one suggests that the person had money to begin with but has spent/lost it all. The first sentence doesn’t give us any indication as to whether the person had any money to begin with.

    Returning to Kate’s question: Don’t get too bogged down explaining the meanings of the individual words – I think this is one of those expressions which is best taught for its meaning as a whole (as a "semi-fixed" expression, rather than as individual words). So, we can change some parts of the expression, for example:

    "They didn’t have any food left"
    "There isn’t any milk left"

    …to change the tense, person, etc. But the overall meaning of the expression remains the same. So, all you’ll need to do is get across to the students the meaning of the expression as a whole. A sequence of pictures would be one way:

    1. You with a lot of money in your pockets
    2. You happily spending the money
    3. You turning out your pockets to reveal that all your money is gone.

    Ask concept questions for each picture:

    1. "Do I have money?"
    2. "What am I doing?"
    3. "Do I have money now?"

    This gets across the meaning that you had money before, but now it’s all gone. Depending on your drawing skills (mine are terrible!) stick figures with dollar signs serve equally well as complicated drawings!


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