Wednesday, May 19, 2010


The Sunday before last was Mother’s Day. Many of my students celebrated Mother’s Day by giving flowers to their moms.

Flowers are countable nouns. We say, "a flower, 2 flowers," and so on. If we group many flowers together, we can call them “a bunch.” The picture above shows a bunch of flowers in a vase.

We can use the word “bunch” when talking about many different things in groups. For example…

A Bunch of Bananas

A Bunch of Grapes
Did you ever wonder where grapefruit, which tastes nothing like grapes, gets its name?
It’s because the fruit grows in bunches, like grapes.
We have some common slang that uses the word bunch. If you punch someone, you can say…
“I gave him a bunch of 5 (as in 5 fingers held together).”
We can even use bunch to talk about a group of people. When I was in elementary school, I was a big fan of a children’s TV show about a family with 6 kids called “The Brady Bunch.”
Check out the TV opening at The Brady Bunch on YouTube
Find out about the 1995 movie (in Japanese) at The Brady Bunch Movie (and check out the movie – it's a bunch of fun!)
There is also a famous cowboy movie called The Wild Bunch. This movie tells the story of a group of aging cowboys. It’s famous for showing that cowboys were dirty and violent—not all heroes in big white hats.

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