The Goat - Our Best Friend

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People say that the dog is man’s best friend. But goats are very important, too. In fact, people have kept goats for thousand years- longer than we have kept dogs.

Goats are useful to us in many different ways. We can cut the hair from the goats and spin it into wool. We can make clothing from the wool. One kind of wool made from goat hair is called Cashmere. A Cashmere sweater can be very expensive.

Goats give us milk, just like cows do! Did you know that more people around the world drink goat’s milk than they do cow’s milk? Goat’s milk 

is easier for babies to drink. We make lovely cheese, such as feta, from goat’s milk. Some people put goat’s milk on their skin to keep it soft

In many countries, goat’s meat is eaten instead of beef or pork. We also use goatskin to make gloves and boots. Goatskin leather is very soft.

A female goat is called a doe or nanny. A male goat is is called a buck or billy. Do you know what a baby goat is called? A kid!

With everything goats give to us, we can say that the goat is also our best friend. Don’t you think so?

Sentence Types

All sentences begin with capital letters.

A telling sentence tells about someone or something.  It ends with a period.

An asking sentence asks about someone or something. It ends with a question mark.

A surprising sentence shows a strong feeling. It ends with an exclamation mark.

An imperative sentence tells someone to do or not to do something. It ends with a period. The subject” you “is left out.

Task 1

Add correct punctuation marks at the end of the sentences. Then say to which type these sentences belong.

  1. Cashmere is made from goat hair
  2. Do you like this cashmere sweater
  3. Try it on.
  4. Wow it’s incredibly soft
  5. How much is it
  6. It’s one hundred and fifteen dollars
  7. How expensive
  8. Let’s take a look at the sweaters over there
  9. What are they made of
  10. I will take the blue one

Task 2

Write two example each for the sentence types; one from the passage, and one from outside.

Task 3

Answer the following Questions based on the passage:

         1.How are the goats useful to us?

         2.Do you think the title of the passage is apt? Why?

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About Noble Augustine

 An English teacher in Canada Mr. Noble Augustine is currently working with  Calgary Catholic Immigration Society. He started his career as a teacher in English in 2001 after completing his M A in English from St. Berchmans College, Changanacherry .He secured the first rank for M Phil from School of Letters,  Mahathma Gandhi University in 2003. His subjects of interest are Theory and Practice of Translation, Modern and Postmodern poetry, Postcolonial Writing, Literary theory, and Communicative English. He has presnted many academic papers in various national and international seminars. Gothic Romance: Emile Bronte's Wuthering HeightsMoby Dick: A study in Megalomania, The Comic Paradise: A Rereading of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest, Politics and Geography in the Poetry of Kamala Das, The politics of Deconstruction, Rasa and Dhwani: the Essence of Eastern Aesthetics, The Trend of Multi-generic Parody in Malayalam Fiction:A Reading of Contemporary Short Stories in Malayalam. Facilitation Techniques for Adult Language Teaching etc, to name a few.  He has translated into English Aalakampadi (The Escort) a novel by B Murali, a well-known writer in Kerala, India . He worked as lecturer in English in two Libyan Universities: Omar al Mokhtar University,  and  University of Bengazi , where he also chaired the committee of  Quality Assurance, Assessment and Accreditation.  He guided and supervised the dissertation of Undergraduate Students and chaired the Viva Voce Examination. . He has also trained, supervised  and assessed teacher education students in their practical teaching. In 2011 he obtained his certificate as a Teacher of English as a Second Langauge  from Oxford Seminars.  He spends his free time in volunteering  as the Financial Secretary of  Knights of Columbus and as the  president of St.Mary's Family Unit in the parish of Mother Teresa Syro Malabar Church, Calgary, Alberta.   

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