Foods and Cooking - Cross Out Puzzle Two Solution
Materials Designed to Build Vocabulary - For English as a Second Language Students and Teachers
by Sally Jennings
Crossing out the words above leaves you with the proverb "Too many cooks spoil the broth."
- Words that begin with "B" in lines 1 through 6. (basket, bread, banana, beef, bun)
- Names for meals. (lunch, dinner, supper, breakfast, brunch)
- Fruits. (grape, pear, peach, apple, apricot, strawberry)
- Fast food in odd lines. (hamburger, fries, milkshake, soda, onion rings, sundae)
- Starchy foods, columns A, B, E, F. (rice, grits, macaroni, corn, potatoes, pasta, noodles)
- Asian food in columns A, C, D, F. (sushi, sashimi, udon, tofu, dim sum, egg roll, wonton)
verbs in the 3rd Person, Singular, Present form in lines 7 through 12.
(bastes, toasts, mixes, bakes, broils, stirs, burns, folds, creams)
- Flavors of ice cream in even rows. (chocolate, tutti-frutti, mint, caramel, vanilla, chocolate chip)
- Cookware. (pan, skillet, pot, griddle, kettle, wok, poacher)
- Meats. (pork, chicken, ham, lamb, roast, steak, veal, mutton)
Do you notice that the grammatical form of the proverb is not quite
right? It really should have a punctuation mark after "cooks," but is
more common with no punctuation. The underlying structure would be "(if
there are) too many cooks (they will) spoil the broth."
Instead, in the form above "cooks spoil," the verb seems to agree in
number (plural) with the plural noun "cooks." However, according to the
meaning, it is a single situation being described, "having too many
cooks," which would be followed by "spoils" not "spoil." The underlying
structure in that case would be "(having) too many cooks spoils the
So, either the verb form or the punctuation is incorrect in the form
"Too many cooks spoil the broth" but that is the common form of the proverb.
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