ESL Writing

Sentence Pattern: (not)...at all

In this ESL writing exercise, students are introduced to the correct usage of "(not)...at all" and can then practice writing their own sentences with this phrase.

 

Sentence Pattern

 

(not) …at all

 

· “at all” means “not even a little”, and you usually put it at the end of a negative sentence (a sentence with “not”).

 

Examples:

Brian: Are you hungry:

Dave: I just ate dinner. I’m not hungry at all.

 

Amanda: Do you know any about Chinese history?

Sandra: No, I don’t know anything at all about Chinese history?

 

My friend said there was a big storm last night, but I didn’t hear anything at all.

 

 

 

Rewrite these sentences using “at all”

 

 

1. The doctor gave me some pain medicine, so I don’t feel any pain, not even a   little.

 

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2. I heard that this movie is a comedy, but I didn’t think it was even a little funny.

 

 

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Answer these questions using “at all”

 

 

Amy: Do you have any homework today?

 

You: _____________________________________________________

 

 

 

 

Derek: Can you lend me 20 dollars?

 

You: _____________________________________________________

 

 

 

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