Perbualan bahasa Inggeris – Small Talk: Conversation Starters

The following are some examples on how you could start a conversation/small talk.

Topics

Example

Talking about the weather

 

  • Beautiful day, isn’t it?
  • I thinks it is going to rain again today.
  • I heard it is going to be hot until March due to the El Nino.
  • Did you watch the news about the flood in Johor?
  • I hear they’re calling for heavy rain all weekend.

Talking about current events

 

  • How about those Liverpool football team? Do you think they’re going to win tonight?
  • Did you hear about that flood in Johor?
  • Were you caught in the massive traffic jam in Kl yesterday?

At the office

 

  • Looking forward to the long Chinese new Year weekend?
  • Have you worked here long?
  • I can’t believe how busy/quiet we are today, can you?
  • You look like you could use a break. You really look tired.
  • What do you think of the new software?

At a social event

 

  • So, how long have you known Haziq?
  • What do you think of the chicken curry that Norriah made?
  • Are you enjoying yourself?
  • Nice party, huh?
  • What do you think about the food?
  • I love your dress. It really is beautiful. Can I ask where you purchased it?

Subject Verb Agreement – Verb yang digunakan dengan Nouns

Nouns – Subject Verb Agreement

Dalam topik Nouns sebelum ini anda telah mempelajari tentang nouns dan bagaimana nouns dari segi bilangan mempunyai tiga bentuk iaitu :-

1. Singular nouns – di mana bilangan nouns itu = 1 . Cth : one boy, a car

2. Plural nouns – di mana bilangan nouns itu > 1 Cth : two boys, three cars.

3. Uncountable –merujuk kepada nouns yang tidak boleh dikira Cth: water, fire, smoke dan sebagainya.

 

Mungkin anda tertanya-tanya kenapa penting untuk dalam topik nouns itu untuk anda mengetahui apakah bentuk nouns itu dari segi bilangannya samaada ianya singular, plural atau uncountable. Apabila anda mempelajari topik verb nanti anda akan lihat kenapa ianya penting untuk anda mengetahui jenis-jenis nouns ini dari segi bilangannya. Dalam topik ini anda akan lihat yang ianya penting untuk 3 aspek dalam verb iaitu:-

 

1. Verb to be – penggunaan is, are, was, were, will be/going to be

2. Verb to do – penggunaan do, does, did

3. Verb to have penggunaan has, have, had

 

Subject Verb Agreement dalam Verb To Be

 

Subject

Example

Present Tense

Past Tense

Future Tense

Name of person

(proper / singular)

Ali, Aminah

is

was

will be / is going to be

Name of place

(proper / singular)

Sungai Besi, Ipoh

is

was

will be / is going to be

Name of things

(proper / singular)

Proton, Sony, Panasonic

is

was

will be / is going to be

Name of animals

(proper / singular)

Garfield, King Kong

is

was

will be / is going to be

Plural Nouns

(common)

students, houses, cars, dogs

are

were

will be / are going to be

Singular Nouns

(common)

student, city, car, dog

is

was

will be / is going to be

Uncountable Nouns

coffee,tea,sand,water

is

was

will be / is going to be

Subject Verb Agreement dalam Verb To Do

 

Subject

Example

Present Tense

Past Tense

Name of person

(proper / singular)

Ali, Aminah

does

did

Name of place

(proper / singular)

Sungai Besi, Ipoh

does

did

Name of things

(proper / singular)

Proton, Sony, Panasonic

does

did

Name of animals

(proper / singular)

Garfield, King Kong

does

did

Plural Nouns

(common)

students, houses, cars, dogs

do

did

Singular Nouns

(common)

student, city, car, dog

does

did

Uncountable Nouns

coffee,tea,sand,water

does

did

 

 

Subject Verb Agreement dalam Verb To Have

 

Subject

Example

Present Tense

Past Tense

Name of person

(proper / singular)

Ali, Aminah

has

had

Name of place

(proper / singular)

Sungai Besi, Ipoh

has

had

Name of things

(proper / singular)

Proton, Sony, Panasonic

has

had

Name of animals

(proper / singular)

Garfield, King Kong

has

had

Plural Nouns

(common)

students, houses, cars, dogs

have

had

Singular Nouns

(common)

student, city, car, dog

has

had

Uncountable Nouns

coffee,tea,sand,water

has

had