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  • Listening Exercise: Growing 40 Kinds of Fruit on One Tree

    Recently, one of our talented LOI instructors posted this helpful lesson about the use of gerunds vs. infinitives.  If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend doing so before this listening exercise.  Afterwards, take a look at the video.  Each blank contains a gerund or infinitive.  After filling in the blanks in the comments section, write the reason for using the gerund or infinitive.

    1. The Tree of 40 Fruit is a single fruit tree that grows over 40 different types of stone fruit _________ peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries and almonds.
    2. The idea came from…a fascination with the process of ________.
    3. I started _________ around central New York and New York State __ ____ for different varieties of stone fruit.
    4. Eventually I was able __ ____ these different heirloom and antique varieties.
    5. They are very rare, so I would bring them back here to my nursery [and] graft them onto a tree so that I could continue __ ___ them.
    6. Why would you want __ ____ a tree with that many different fruit on it?
    7. You would have to go back over and over to continue __ _______ all the fruit.
    8. Once they happened upon one of these trees, they would start __ ________, why are the leaves shaped differently?  Why are they different colors?
    9. In summer, when you would see all of these different fruit _______ on them…it is an artwork.
    10. At that point, I can come in and start __ _____ onto those branches.
    11. I think one of the reasons why I’ve been able to keep it _____ for so long is that every year it’s something new.