3-3. Am I smart or hardworking?


Repeat after the tutor. 

  • Start now or give up.
  • Study or sleep.
  • Call me, or I will call you.
  • Come here, or I will go there.
  • Take a bus or take a taxi.
  • Take a nap or go home.
  • Eat now or eat later.
  • Eat this chicken or order something else.
  • Exercise or don’t eat.
  • Buy this computer, or I will buy it.
  • She can ask Ava, or I can help her.
  • We can call your mom, or you can apologize to Amy.
  • We are going to work today or we are going to work tomorrow.
  • You should take vitamin C or you should take vitamin B.
  • Is she a singer or is she a dancer?


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
déjà vu (n) the feeling that you have already experienced something that is actually happening for the first time.
After a year had gone past, entering the room gave me a sense of déjá vu.
sensation (n) a particular feeling or effect that your body experiences
When the bee stung her, she had a prickling sensation in her arm.
judgment (n) an opinion or decision that is based on careful thought.
After careful consideration, the team made a judgment on the direction for the project.
judge a book by its cover (phrasal verb) to know what someone or something is like by only looking at the appearance
When her mom saw the girl ignore the elderly man, she told her not to judge a book by its cover.
decrease (v) to become smaller or make something smaller in size, amount, number, etc.
With the change in staff, the team’s profits decreased by 3%.
select (v) to choose (someone or something) from a group
The teacher asked the students to select the correct answer.

(adj) chosen from a group to include the best people or things
The girl was one of the select few chosen participants.

decide (v) to make a choice about (something): to choose (something) after thinking about it
With the storm on its way, they had to decide if the event would be canceled.
alternative (adj) offering or expressing a choice: not usual or traditional
We took an alternative route to avoid the traffic.
eat in (phrasal verb) to dine at home
To save money, we decided to eat in tonight.
expand (v) to increase in size, range or amount: to become bigger
The bookstore may expand into a two-story building.


Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. pay / or / can / you / now / later / can / pay / you / .
    2. you / or / him / can / hire /  I / can / him / hire / .
    3. a cop / is / he /  is / he / a soldier / or /?
    4. do / like / dogs / you / or /  you / like / do /cats / ?
    5. play / do / you / or / basketball / do / play / baseball / you / ?
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. Eat this chicken or order.
    2. Take a nap or you go home.
    3. We can call your mom or you apologize to Amy.
    4. Is she a singer or she is a dancer?
    5. Buy this computer or I will it.
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. Do you prefer to read or do you prefer to write?
    2. What are two things that you often have to decide between?
    3. When you’re at a restaurant, what are two foods you often have to decide between?
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. Déjà vu: Have you ever truly felt déjà vu, the sensation that you’ve already had the experience you’re currently having?
    3. Judgment day: If you were to judge your favorite book by its cover, would you still read it?


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

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