3-15. Look at yourself before you talk about others


Repeat after the tutor. 

  • Stretch before you exercise.
  • Call me before you visit me.
  • Ask your parents before you marry him.
  • Get a driver’s license before you buy a car.
  • I pray before I eat.
  • I always eat something before I go to bed.
  • I took a shower before I left home.
  • I washed my hands before I touched my baby.
  • I studied before I took the test.
  • Don’t give up before you try.
  • Don’t use my computer before you ask me.
  • Do you swim before you go to work?
  • Did you finish your homework before you went out?
  • Did you charge your phone before you used it?
  • Can you turn off the lights before you leave the office?


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
companion (n) a person or animal you spend time with or enjoy being with
My dog is my constant companion when I run.
critical (adj) expressing criticism or disapproval
Her mom was critical of her daughter’s choices.
critique (n) a careful judgment in which you give your opinion about the good and bad parts of something
The teacher gave a critique of the student’s paper. (v) to express your opinion about the good and bad parts of something
The director critiqued the actor’s performance.
assess (v) to make a judgment about
They had to assess the damage from the storm.
order (n) a statement made by a person with authority that tells someone to do something
The commander gave the order to go ahead. (v) to use your authority to tell someone to do something
The instructor ordered the students to sit quietly.
commentary (n) spoken or written discussion in which people express opinions about someone or something
When the show began, he included the commentary from the directors.
edit (v) to prepare something written or published or used: to make changes, correct mistakes
You will need to edit your paper before you submit it.
revise (v) to make changes especially to correct or improve something
Please revise the last paragraph to include more detail.
come along (phrasal verb) to go somewhere with someone
Would you like to come along to the movie with us?
compliment (n) a remark that says something good about someone or something: an action that expresses admiration
He complimented her new dress.


Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. your / you / play / Clean / room / before/ .
    2. finish / Don’t / before / go / you / home / .
    3. hands / your / you / eat / Wash / before / .
    4. spent / money / his / He / earned / before / it / he / .
    5. wanted / She / it / before / wrapped / was / it / . 
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. Ask you why before you do it.
    2. Check the recipe before start.
    3. Find out why, before you assume.
    4. I buy flowers before I visted.
    5. Turn off your computer, before you leave.
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. What is one thing you do before leaving the house? 
    2. What is something you do before going to bed?
    3. What are some tasks you should do before taking a test? 
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. Companionable: Listen to one of your favorite songs. Write a companion piece to the last song.
    3. Critical eye: Write about the subject you usually write about as if you were a music critic.


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

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