Verbs

Common mistakes in the use of verbs

May 18, 2014

In this article we will take a closer look at some common mistakes in the use of verbs. Incorrect: I have visited him yesterday. Correct: I visited him yesterday. Incorrect: They have finished the work a week ago. Correct: They finished the work a week ago. The present perfect tense cannot be used with adverbs […]

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Verbs exercise

May 14, 2014

Complete the following sentences using an appropriate form of the verb. 1. The wind ………………. furiously. (blew / blown) 2. He ……………… to his mother every week. (writes / wrote) 3. My patience …………….. out at last. (wear / wore) 4. In a fit of rage, she ……………… up the letter. (tore / torn) 5. […]

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Gap fills exercise – tenses

April 24, 2014

Complete the following sentences using appropriate verb forms. 1. The major said that it ……………… him great pleasure to be there that evening. a) gives b) gave c) was giving 2. He said that he ……………… go as soon as it was possible. a) will b) would c) can 3. The teacher often tells me […]

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Phrasal verbs with be and some other verbs

April 22, 2014

Bang up To bang somebody up is to put them in prison. The expression lock up has the same meaning. He was banged up for smuggling. Be off This is an inseparable phrasal verb. When you are off you go away. I am just off to see my Attorney. I will be back in an […]

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When to use the passive voice

April 8, 2014

Verbs can be active or passive. In the active voice, the subject is the doer. In the passive voice, the subject is the person or thing affected by the action of some other agent. The government approved the policy. (Active) The policy was approved by the government. (Passive) There is nothing wrong with a passive […]

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Common Phrasal Verbs

March 15, 2014

Here is a list of common phrasal verbs. Account for This is an inseparable phrasal verb. To account for something is to give a reason or explanation for it. How will you account for the money you spent on that fancy dress? How do you account for the sudden improvement in your grades? The student […]

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Classification of verbs

January 30, 2014

Transitive and intransitive verbs Verbs can be classified in several ways. First, some verbs require an object to complete their meaning. ‘She read…’ Read what? ‘She read a story.’ These verbs that require an object are called transitive verbs. Verbs that do not require an object are called intransitive verbs. Note that most verbs can […]

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Phrasal verbs beginning with put

September 15, 2013

The word put is used in a large number of phrasal verbs. Put across To put something across is to make it understood. He failed to put his message across. (= He failed to convey his idea.) People working in sales and marketing should be able to put themselves across well. Put aside To put […]

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Copular or linking verbs

August 26, 2013

We have already learned that intransitive verbs do not take objects. Examples are: sleep, sit, rest, weep, laugh, cry etc. She is weeping. The child sleeps. The boy was laughing. There is yet another variety of verbs which do not normally take objects. These are called copular verbs or linking verbs. While intransitive verbs make […]

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Verbs: Some common mistakes

August 18, 2013

The verb write can take two objects. Sometimes this causes problems. Incorrect: He wrote me. Correct: He wrote to me. Notes We write something. (He wrote a letter.) We write something to someone. (He wrote a letter to his mother.) (NOT He wrote a letter his mother.) We write someone something. (He wrote his mother […]

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