Verbs with two objects

November 10, 2010

Many English verbs take two objects  – one direct object and one indirect object. The direct object usually refers to an object. The indirect object usually refers to a person and comes first. He gave his daugther a camera for Christmas. (Indirect object – his daughter, direct object – camera) Could you lend me some […]

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Uses of anomalous finites – part II

September 3, 2010

The anomalous finites are used to form inverted sentence patterns. I had no sooner got into the train than it steamed off. No sooner had I got into the train than it steamed off. To avoid repetition of principal verbs The anomalous finites are used in short answers to avoid the repetition of principal verbs. […]

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Uses of anomalous finites

September 2, 2010

Anomalous finites are the only verbs in modern English which can form their negatives by the simple addition of not. Compare: He will come. He will not come. He came. He did not come. (NOT He came not.) Can I do it? No, you can’t. Should I take it? No, you shouldn’t. He took the […]

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Anomalous finites

September 1, 2010

The term anomalous finites refers to the group of 24 finites given below: Is, am, are, was, were Has, have, had Do, does, did Will, would; shall, should; can, could; may, might; must, ought, need, dare, used As you can probably see, these are all auxiliary verbs. Some of them are also used as principal […]

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Verb Patterns

June 21, 2010

A transitive verb is one that has an object. The normal order of words in an English sentence is subject + verb + object. Alice likes sweets. (Subject – Alice, Verb – likes, Object – sweets) The principal punished the boy. (Subject – principal, Verb – punished, Object – boy) The monk burned himself. (Subject […]

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What are verbs?

June 1, 2010

Read the following sentences: Mother cooks dinner. Children play in the park. Barking dogs seldom bite. In the sentences given above, the words in bold text are used to say something about a person or a thing. They say what a person or a thing does. These words are called verbs. Now read the following […]

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