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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

ESL Student Blog: Nurse, Nursing, Nursery

Have you ever tried to grow a tomato plant from a seed? How much effort does it take? Let’s see..: sowing the seed, keeping it moist until it sprouts, keep it warm and moist when it germinates, making sure it receivers enough light, transferring a seedling into a deeper pot with good potting soil, transplanting it outdoors, fertilizing, putting a tomato cage when it grows big... Nursing tomato plants to maturity isn’t as easy as it may seem.

Nurse is often used a verb:

As an avid gardener, she nursed (took care of) the long neglected garden back to full bloom.

She nursed her injured cat back to health. (She cared for it until it was healthy)

Don’t disturb Lana now - she’s nursing (= breastfeeding) her baby.

Lana is a nursing mom. (‘nursing’ is an adjective)

Nursery is a place when young plants are grown for sale. Nursery can also be a place where babies, toddlers and/or young children are cared for while their parents work. Nursery is a noun.

Can you answer the questions below?

How can you nurse (try to cure) your cold?
Does your workplace have a special policy for nursing moms?
How can you nurse a wilted potted plant back to health?
Do you know any nursery rhymes? (short, rhymed poems for children)
What else can you buy at a nursery except for plants?
Who lives in a nursing home?
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 11:20 PM
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