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If You Could Meet Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why - Polonius of Hamlet Polonius, father of Laertes, in William Shakespear

's Hamlet, strikes me as someone exceptional. In the first act, he gives advice to his son who is departing on a journey. Polonius's advice guides me in almost every aspect of my life. I would like to talk with Polonius to gain more insight on life. Along with other advice, Polonius delivers one of the most famous quotes from Hamlet: "To thine own self be true." Polonius's quote helps me make tough decisions. Such an occasion arises when I have weighed the advantages and disadvantages of a choice, and they are equal. When faced with this situation, I ask myself, "would I be true to myself if I..." For example, I am temperate, and do not participate in certain activities harmful to me such as drinking or doing drugs. Occasionally, others try to influence me to drink. Sometimes, I am tempted; however, I know that I would not be true to myself if I submitted. I realize drinking is not something I want, nor is it in my best interest. Being true to myself involves acting in accordance with my values. I must conduct myself like a gentleman and use proper etiquette for the given situation. Thus, the quote acts as a reminder for me to act properly. The next few lines are "and it must follow as the day the night, / thou canst not then be false to any man." By acting like a gentleman, I can assure myself that I will not harm nor create conflict with many people. For example, I remain calm in situations that most people would become upset and swear. Then, I am in a better position to deal with the would-be conflict. Next, Polonius covers many aspects of life. He tells us how to choose and treat friends, as well as rules for listening and speaking. We are told not to lend or borrow items because "for loan oft loses both itself and friend," meaning one will end up losing a friend as well as what he lent "Be thou familiar but by no means vulgar" tells us to understand things that are immoral, but not to participate in them. I try to follow Polonius's advice in my daily life. I would like to meet Polonius because he has already assisted me in making choices for myself. He could give me insight on other things. Polonius gives his advice as Laertes is departing on a journey. I too will leave for college. Polonius could expand on the knowledge he has already provided. He could also explain how his advice relates to our time period. 'If' by Rudyard Kipling If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or being hated, don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream - and not make dreams your master, If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

type I (probable condition) type II (improbable condition) type III (impossible 6) What would you do if you saw a burglar? type I (probable condition) type II (improbable condition) type III (impossible 7) We might have had a glass of hot chocolate if you had bought some milk. (to give)her a low mark... 7) If you (to wear) sandals in the mountains. we …………. and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss.. the teacher …………. 9) If they ……… (to go) to the disco. (to pass) the exams.. 10) If you ……………. I'll wear a raincoat..which is more . 8) If Rita ………. (low life people) Or watch the things you gave your life to. If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools. And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools: If you can make one heap of all your winnings (pile) And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss. type I (probable condition) type II (improbable condition) type III (impossible 2) If we had taken enough water. 3) If he …. Form a Conditional sentence . 5) If she ………… (to earn) a lot of money. (to slip)on the rocks.nor lose the common touch. his mother will have more time for him. my son! Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) Put the verbs in brackets into the gaps.. 2) If the sun ………. but none too much. (to have) a temperature. (game on which who throw the nearest is the winner) And lose. (to travel) to London. Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it. Only use the willfuture in the main clauses... we ……….you'll be a Man.type I.. (to come). Or walk with kings . 1) If it rains. 6) If we ……. (to forget) her homework. type I (probable condition) type II (improbable condition) type III (impossible 3) If the children were older. they would go to the party. (to wait) a minute. 1) If I ………… (to study). I ………… (to ask) my parents. I ……. (to be) very happy.. 4) If my friends …………. And . I …………. type I (probable condition) type II (improbable condition) type III (impossible 5) If Mark does the washing up. we wouldn't have been thirsty. If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you. Mind the underlined verb forms.And treat those two impostors just the same. they ………. you ……. (to walk) to the town. (to see) the doctor.. broken. condition) condition) condition) condition) condition) condition) . she …………… (to fly) to New York. type I (probable condition) type II (improbable condition) type III (impossible 4) Harry could fly to Helsinki if he had more money. he . (to shine). If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds' worth of distance run. (to listen) to loud music. (to visit) the museums. (enemies) If all men count with you. And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!" If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue.. If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew (muscular power) To serve your turn long after they are gone. Find the correct conditions (types of if-clauses).

3) If the boys ……… (to win) this match.. What would you rather be . type I (probable condition) type II (improbable condition) type III (impossible condition) 9) Ron would understand more if the teacher spoke clearly. My family has tons of camping gear. the next election? Jane: I think the Republicans (win) ……. When I retire. to take advantage of me when he sees how little I know. When you get to Santa Fe. 8) Maria …….. (not/to start) if Ben connected these two cables. Susan: No problem. a new car this weekend. Have you ever been there? Margaret: My family lives in Santa Fe! I (give) …… 1. 2.type I or type II. Susan: We (go) ………. Would you like to come along? Sam: That sounds great. type I (probable condition) type II (improbable condition) type III (impossible condition) Put in the verbs in brackets and form Conditional sentences . If you could know your future. (to phone) all her friends. 9) We won't fetch something to drink if Jim ….wise or intelligent? 6. but I don't have a sleeping bag. what would you like to know? Will/be going to Michael: Do you think the Republicans or the Democrats (win) …….. My biggest concern for the future is.. If I were an animal I'd be a. Gina: Fred and I (visit) ……… Santa Fe next summer. (to buy) her some sweets. 2.. I'm afraid the salesman (try) ……. (not/to know) the facts about Africa... 5. you a little tour of the town.. 1) If Tracy had a mobile phone... with you to make sure you are not cheated. she wouldn't have been late for school. 4. 4. type I (probable condition) type II (improbable condition) type III (impossible condition) 10) If Doris had got up earlier. 3. (to walk) in this rain. their coach will invite them to a barbecue. you one.. she ……. I (lend) ……. 5) You would get very wet if you …………….. 2) I …………… (to be) very angry with Nick if he forgets my CD again. Select one of the topics and organize it as an impromptu speech Impromptu Public Speaking Topics (interesting samples on http://www. ... I (go) ……. but I'm a little worried because I don't really know much about cars. Mind the negations. 6) The engine ………………. 3. If I ruled the world. 10) If he ……. I'd pull the suitcase. They can show you some of the sights that most tourists never see. Dave: I used to work for a mechanic in high school and I know a lot about cars. camping this weekend. just call them and they (give) ……. (to play) in the school orchestra if she practised the trumpet more often.. (not/to bring) some sandwiches. you my parents' phone number. 7) If he has time. (to carry) the rucksack. the next election. John: No way! The Democrats (win……. 4) If you don't read these articles.buzzle. you ……. he ….type I (probable condition type II (improbable condition) type III (impossible condition) 8) If I were you I should keep the secret. Barbara: I (buy) …….

to pick you up after school today at 3:00 o'clock. cutting down huge stretches of rain forest. her job and go back to school. She (make) ……. Pam: Can you see my future in the crystal ball? What (happen) next year? Fortune Teller: You (meet) ……. me about what happened that day. not) ……. I promise you that I (tell.. with you for two or three days until his new apartment (be) ……. I (plan) …… to complete a Ph. huge changes in the environment during the twenty-first century. She is going to improve her life! 10.. in Stockholm. Your father (plan) ……. I (reveal. eventually) ……… her job. I (go) ……… to a movie with some friends. available. 5. out of class. I (pick) …… you up instead. that mystery man. 4. 8. 9.. 2.. When you (arrive) …. A: Do you know what you want to do after you (graduate) ……. If Vera (keep) …… drinking. Tom (call) ……. not) ……. perhaps New York or maybe Boston. If something happens and he cannot be there. B: After I (receive) …… my Master's from Georgetown University.. she (lose. 7. the truth to a single person. she (get) ……… a better-paying job and buy a house. 3. studying. we (go) …….. I (go) …… to graduate school at UCSD in San Diego. some major changes in her life. Present/future Today after I (get) ……. a man from the East Coast. She (quit) ……. we (experience) ……. If the people of the world (stop. Even if somebody (ask) ……. . He show) …… you around the city and help you get situated. in cognitive science.. Pam: Forget the man! I want to know if I (get) …… a new job.D. call my friend Gustav. You (marry) ……. After she (finish) ……. He (meet) …… you across the street near the ice cream shop. skiing near Lake Tahoe. when he (arrive) ……… in Madrid.5. He (stay) ……. 6. If it (snow) …… this weekend. not) …… your secret to anybody.

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