Phrasal Verbs -‘take’ part 1

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Now let’s begin looking at some common expressions using the verb ‘to take ‘ combined with particles: ‘to take after’ means to resemble a parent or family member. She’s blond with blue eyes. She takes after her father. He is good at maths. He doesn’t take after me! ‘to take along’ means you take someone […]

Understanding English Grammar – phrasal verbs ‘stop’

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These exercises are about using the verb ‘to stop ‘ combined with particles: Please note that some of these expressions are not used in American English. ‘to stop away’ means to deliberately not go back to a place. Since the beach was polluted by petrol, people have been stopping away. After the terrorist attacks on London, tourists […]

Understanding English Grammar – phrasal verbs ‘stay’

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Now let’s look at some common expressions using the verb ‘to stay’ combined with particles: ‘to stay ahead’ of someone or something means to remain in a better position than them We have to invest in new equipment if we want to stay ahead of the competition. The company is always looking for a way […]

Understanding English Grammar – phrasal verbs ‘stand’ part 2

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Here are some more common expressions using the verb ‘to stand’ combined with particles: ‘to stand in’ means to replace or represent someone for a short time. I’ll ask one of my colleagues to stand in while I’m away. Another actor stood in for him while he was ill. ‘to stand out’ means to be […]

Understanding English Grammar – phrasal verbs ‘stand’ part 1

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Now let’s look at the verb ‘to stand’. Here are some common expressions using this verb combined with particles: ‘to stand around’ mean to stand in a place doing very little or waiting for something. * We just stood around for half an hour waiting for the concert to begin. * Lots of teenagers just […]

Understanding English Grammar – phrasal verbs ‘sit’

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Now let’s look at the verb ‘to sit’. Here are some common expressions using this verb combined with particles: ‘to sit around’ means to spend time doing very little. They just sit around and do nothing all day. We sat around in the hotel until it stopped raining. ‘to sit back’ means to wait for […]

Understanding English Grammar – phrasal verbs ‘set’ part 2

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Here are some more common expressions using the verb ‘to set’ combined with particles: ‘to set something off’ means to cause it to start or happen. The smoke from my cooking set the smoke alarm off. The proposals for a new shopping centre have set off a very heated debate in the town. ‘to set […]

Understanding English Grammar – phrasal verbs ‘set’ part 1

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The next verb we’re going to look at is ‘to set’ combined with particles. Here are the first of the most common: ‘to set about’ is to dealing with something in a particular way. I need to find a new flat but I’m not sure how to set about looking for one. I don’t think […]

Understanding English Grammar – phrasal verbs ‘send’

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Now we are going to look at the verb ‘to send’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common: ‘to send away for’ something means to write to an organization to have something delivered to you. I couldn’t find it in the local shops. I had to send away for it. I don’t […]

Understanding English Grammar – run part 2

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Let’s continue looking at the verb ‘to run’ combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common expressions: ‘to run into’ someone means to meet them unexpectedly. I ran into Jane in reception. I hadn’t seen her for ages. Sara ran into her ex-boyfriend in the supermarket. She said it was very embarrassing. […]

Understanding English Grammar – run part 1

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Let’s now have a look at the verb ‘to run’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common expressions: ‘to run across someone’ means to meet them by accident. I hadn’t seen Gloria for ages when I ran across her in the supermarket. I ran across an old friend in town today. I […]

Understanding English Grammar – phrasal verbs put part 4

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Let’s finish with the verb ‘to put’ combined with particles. Here is the final list of expressions: ‘to put money towards’ something means to use a sum of money to pay a part of the cost of something. When he died, he left me some money which I am going to put towards a house. […]

Understanding English Grammar – phrasal verbs put part 3

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Let’s continue with more expressions with the verb ‘to put’ combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common ones: ‘to put on’ a piece of clothing means to place it over a part of the body to wear it. It’s cold in here. I’m going to put a sweater on. Before going […]

Put part 2

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Let’s continue with more expression with the verb ‘to put’ combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common expressions: ‘to put forward’ an idea or opinion means to suggest something for discussion. A few suggestions have been put forward for consideration. Jan put forward a few ideas for raising money for the […]

Understanding English Grammar – phrasal verbs ‘put’ part 1

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Now we are going to look at the verb ‘to put’ combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common expressions: ‘to put across’ means to explain or to express something. We have to put the message across a little bit more clearly. Not a very good presentation. He didn’t put his ideas […]

Minutes

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Could I ask a question?  When we use the word “minutes” as the record of a meeting, should we treat this word as singular or plural? I had to check this out in the Webster’s and Cambridge dictionaries. 😉 It is plural. The singular word ‘minute’ also exists, though normally we say ‘memo’. admin Please […]

Improve your writing – stress and herbs

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Phrasal Verbs – push

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The next verb we are going to look at is the verb ‘to push’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common: ‘to push ahead’ with a plan or arrangement means to continue with it when there are problems or others wish to stop. We’ve had a few problems but we have decided […]

Whose grammar is it?

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Understanding English Grammar – to be + infinitive

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I’d like to ask a question about the grammar structure of am/is/are to + verb and was/were to verb. I am not able to understand the purpose/meaning of this structure. Please give me some examples about how I can use it and what it means. The usual idea of to be + to infinitive is […]