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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Verb terminology

August 11, 2013

While learning about verbs, you will come across grammatical terms like infinitives and gerunds. Below are explanations of these frequently used grammar terms. Infinitives The infinitive is the base form of the verb. It is sometimes preceded by the marker to and then it is called the to-infinitive. Remember that that ‘to’ is a not […]

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Copular verbs and action verbs

July 17, 2013

In English, there are mainly two types of verbs: copular verbs and action verbs. Copular verbs are also called linking verbs because they link the subject with a following adjective or noun. The most common copular verb is be. It has several forms. Examples are: is, am, are, was, were, being, been etc. As you […]

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The future perfect tense

May 20, 2013

The future perfect tense is used to describe an action that will have been completed at a certain point of time in the future. Consider this situation. You are working on a project and you will finish it in two months. Then at the end of two months, you will have completed that project. Note […]

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Not so common reporting verbs

May 7, 2013

In informal spoken reports, say, think and ask are the most common reporting verbs. These verbs can go before sentences or between clauses. She asked me what I was doing there. He said that he wouldn’t go. I thought that it was funny. A much wider variety of reporting verbs are also available in English. […]

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Phrasal verbs with bring

October 29, 2012

Bring is used in a number of common phrasal verbs. Here is a list of them. Bring something about – cause it to happen Bring someone round – make him conscious again Bring up – a) raise a child; b) cause something to be considered; c) vomit Bring down – cause to be lower Bring […]

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Uses of the verb do

October 25, 2012

Read the following sentences in the simple present tense. I walk. I don’t drive. Do I walk? Yes, I do. Do I drive? No, I don’t drive. He speaks English. He does not speak French. Does he speak English? Yes, he does. Does he speak French? No, he doesn’t. I like coffee. I do not […]

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Phrasal verbs with take

October 14, 2012

Take is used in a number of common phrasal verbs. Here is a simple exercise about phrases using the word take. Complete the following sentences. 1. The new manager is expected to take ………………………………….. on March 15th. a) on                      b) over                 c) down 2. He took ……………………………………. fishing on retirement. a) to                       b) for                     c) […]

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Idioms and phrases with play

August 6, 2012

A number of common idiomatic expressions use the word play. Here is a list of them. Play along To play along is to pretend that something is funny or good just to make someone else happy. I knew that she was playing a prank on me but I decided to play along. Play around To […]

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