Words Students Confuse - Shine

ScottsEnglishScottsEnglish Administrator Posts: 1,030 admin ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
The word "shine" is difficult for students because it can have two different conjugations depending on how the verb is used in the sentence.

The first meaning is to glow, as in, "The sun shone brightly", or "I polished the metal until it shone".

The second meaning is to light, to brighten, e.g., "He shined the flashlight into the dark corner", or "The candle shined its light on the castle walls".

The first example is intransitive. The verb "shine" does not have an object.

The second example is transitive. The verb "shine" has an object.

Try these sentences:

1. Yesterday I cleaned the car until it _______________.
2. The sun has ________________ every day for a week.
3. I ______________ all of the shoes in the house.
4. The stars __________________ clearly in the mountains on our vacation.
5. She _________________ the mirror before the dinner party.

Click here for the answers:

1. Yesterday I cleaned the car until it shone.
2. The sun has shone every day for a week.
3. I shined all of the shoes in the house.
4. The stars shone clearly in the mountains on our vacation.
5. She shined the mirror before the dinner party.
Tagged:
Sign In or Register to comment.