3-10. I tried my best not to fall asleep


Repeat after the tutor. 

  • Do your best not to make a mistake.
  • Be careful not to wake up the baby.
  • Fasten your seatbelt not to get hurt.
  • I am exercising not to get sick.
  • I am running not to be late.
  • I am waiting here not to miss the bus.
  • She is trying not to lose control.
  • Kenny is writing down my number not to forget it.
  • We worked hard not to get fired.
  • They tried not to fall.
  • I have to work not to lose my job.
  • We have to practice not to disappoint our coach.
  • Are you trying not to cry?
  • Did you run away not to do your homework?
  • Did you leave not to fight?


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
do-over (phrasal verb) to do something over: to do something again
They were planning to do over the living room.
imperfection (n) a small flaw or bad part
She saw a few imperfections in the gem.
unsatisfied (adj) not dealt with in a way that provides what is needed or wanted
The unsatisfied customer wanted a refund.
cherish (v) to feel or show great love for someone or something: to remember or hold in a deeply felt way
She will always cherish what he did for her.
character (n) the way someone thinks, feels and behaves: someone’s personality
They rarely saw her true character.
appreciate (v) to understand the worth or importance of something or someone: to admire and value: to be grateful for
I really appreciate your kindness.
treasure (n) something valuable that is hidden or kept in a safe place: something that is very special, important or valuable
When I went home, I took my childhood treasures back.
blemish (n) a mark that makes something imperfect or less beautiful
The table had a blemish on the fine finish.
glitch (n) an unexpected and usually minor problem
The speaker had a glitch in his presentation that caused delays.
flaw (n) a small fault or weakness
The student had a few flaws in his presentation.


Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. had / We / baby / the / wake / quiet / to / be / not / to / .
    2. cooking / I / hungry / be / to / am / not / .
    3. healthy / sick / get / eating / is / She / not / to / .
    4. tried / She / complain / too / much / not / to / .
    5. waiting / was / bus / the / miss / He / not / to / .
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
      1. You should study to not to miss learning.
      2. We’re you trying not to laugh?
      3. Walk quietly to not to wake him up.
      4. He not to miss out.
      5. They tried not to breaks the plates.
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. What is a reason why you would work hard?
    2. When at work, what should you not do? 
    3. What should you do to not make a mistake? 
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. Do-over: Go back to a blog post you always thought could be better, or were unsatisfied with — now, fix it.
    3. Imperfection: Imperfections — in things, in people, in places — add character to life. Tell us about an imperfection that you cherish.


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

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