UNIT: Do what you can

Pre-Intermediate. When / till / until / before / as soon as / if / in case/ unless, Reported Speech. She said that.... Жизнь/психология


to harrow - рыхлить, боронить землю to take (took, taken) much pain - делать много усилий
to weed - полоть to insist on/upon - настаивать на
to wither - вянуть commotion   - волнение
to droop - наклоняться errand - поручение
stalks - стебли to ripen - созревать

There was once a farmer who had a large field of corn. He harrowed it and weeded it with the greatest care, for he wanted to sell the corn and buy good things for his family with the money. But after he had worked hard, he saw the corn wither and droop , for no rain fell, and he began to fear that he was to have no crop. He felt very sad, and every morning he went out to the field and looked at the thirsty stalks and wished for the rain to fall.

One day, as he stood looking up at the sky, two little raindrops saw him, and one said to the other: "Look at that farmer. I feel very sorry for him. He took such pain with his field of corn, and now it is drying up. I wish I might help him."

"Yes," said the other, "but you are only a little raindrop. What can you do? You can't wet even one hill."

"Well," said the first, "I know, to be sure, I cannot do much; but perhaps I can cheer the farmer a little, and I am going to do my best. I'll go to the field to show my good will, if I can't do anything else.  Here I go!"

The first raindrop had no sooner started for the field than the second one said:

"Well, if you really insist upon going, I think I will go, too. Here I come!" And down went the raindrops. One came—pat—on the farmer's nose, and one fell on a thirsty stalk of corn.

"Dear me," said the farmer, "what's that? A raindrop! Where did it come from? I do believe we shall have a shower."

By this time a great many raindrops had come together to see what all the commotion was about. When they saw the two kind little drops going down to cheer the farmer, and water his corn, one said:

"If you two are going on such a good errand , I'll go, too!" And down he came. "And I!" said another. "And I!" And so said they all, until a whole shower came and the corn was watered. Then the corn grew and ripened —all because one little raindrop tried to do what it could.

Answer the following questions:
Is the information TRUE, FALSE or NOT GIVEN?
Match the words and the translation.
Read about if-sentences and choose the proper form of the verb.
Fill in the gaps with the necessary form of the word.
Change the following sentences into the Reported Speech starting with “He said, that..”
Translate the sentences into English.
Describe the situation when...