1-21. She tends to talk behind others’ backs


Repeat after the tutor. 

  • I tend to wake up late.
  • I tend to talk slowly.
  • You tend to cry too much.
  • This company tends to hire only men.
  • My parents tend to be too strict.
  • I tend not to focus.
  • You tend not to work hard.
  • We tend not to drink enough water.
  • I tend not to be careful.
  • Their design tends not to be unique.
  • I tend to eat too fast.
  • I tend to work too hard.
  • You tend to lie too much.
  • You tend to smile too much.
  • He tends to sleep too long.


Here are some grammar tips. 


Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Use the illustration above if needed.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
sensitive (adj) easily upset by the things that people think or say about you
e.g. I tend to be sensitive when people yell at me. 
strict (adj) used to describe a command, rule, etc., that must be obeyed
e.g. The teacher tends to be strict with her students. 
focus (v) to cause (something, such as attention) to be directed at something specific
e.g. We have a tendency to focus on the positive. 
unique (adj) used to say that something or someone is unlike anything or anyone else
e.g. She had a tendency to find unique clothes in the store. 
selfish (adj) having or showing concern only for yourself and not for the needs or feelings of other people
e.g. He tends to be selfish with his food. 
vegetable (n) a plant or plant part that is eaten as food
e.g. I tend to eat more vegetables than fruit. 
apologize (v)  to express regret for doing or saying something wrong : to give or make an apology
e.g. I have a tendency to apologize for everything. 
honest (adj) good and truthful : not lying, stealing, or cheating
e.g. She tends to be honest and tells the truth. 
late (v) doing something after the usual time or after others usually do
e.g. He tends to be late to class a lot. 
smile (n) an expression on your face that makes the corners of your mouth turn up and that shows happiness, pleasure, affection, etc.
e.g. I smile when I am happy. 


Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. tend / fast / I / too / to / eat / .
    2. too / you / smile / tend / much / to / .
    3. I / eat / not / vegetables / tend / to / .
    4. understand / tends / he / to / not / women / .
    5. my / apologize / tends / to / girlfriend / not / first / . 
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. I tend working too hard.
    2. He tend to sleep too long.
    3. I tend being lazy.
    4. She doesn’t to help her parents.
    5. I tend to be not honest
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. Describe your personality. (use “tend to V”)
    2. Describe your habits. (use “tend to V”)
    3. Describe common characteristics of people from your country.  (use “tend to V”)
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. A foreign visitor has only one day to spend in your country. Where should this visitor go on that day? Why?
    3. If you could go back to some time and place in the past, when and where would you go? Why?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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