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’.

Improve your writing – stress and herbs

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Hello again. The text about stress proved very popular. So here is a similar one. http://www.better-english-test.com/unit33/index.html Thank you to everybody who has written to me recently.

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 […]

Phrasal Verbs – pull part 2

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Let’s continue with ‘to pull’, here are some of the most common: ‘to pull out’ means to extract something. * It was very painful. The dentist pulled out two of my teeth. * Somebody had pulled some pages out of the book. ‘to pull out of’ means decide not to continue with an activity or […]

Grammar Question – need

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I would like to ask you if you can explain to me the verb “need”. The more sources I check, the more confused I get. My problem is that I’m not sure if that verb is ever used as a modal verb. I have actually never heard of anybody using this verb as a modal […]

Improve your writing – stress at work

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Phrasal Verbs – pull part 1

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Our next verb is ‘to pull’ combined with particles. Here is the first lesson about some of the most common. Read the examples carefully then do the exercises on the right. ‘to pull apart’ means to separate two or more things. I didn’t like the dress when I had finished, so I pulled it apart […]

Phrasal Verbs – Look part 2

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Let’s continue looking at the verb ‘to look’ combined with particles: ‘to look on’ means to watch something happen. The Police just looked on as the demonstrators marched peacefully through the streets. Nobody helped me. They just looked on as I struggled to get up off the street. ‘to look on’ also means to consider […]

Phrasal Verbs – Look part 1

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Today we’re going to start looking at the verb ‘to look’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common: ‘to look after’ means to take care of someone or something. When I have to travel on business, my parents usually look after my children. I look after the office when my colleagues are […]

Phrasal Verbs – Make

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Let’s now look at the verb ‘to make’ combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common expressions: ‘to make for’ means to go on the direction of. He got up and made for the exit. When he came into the room, he made straight for me. ‘to make of’ means think of, […]

Learn English Grammar – the past simple v the past continuous

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Both the past simple and the past continuous refer to completed actions in the past. Most of the time when we are talking about such actions, we use the past simple. This is by far the most common way about talking about the past. I lived there for 6 years. I only found out a […]

Word Grammar – Let part 1

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In today’s lesson, we’re going to look at the use of ‘let’ in some common phrasal verbs. In the second part, we’ll look at the common grammar patterns using ‘let’. This  lesson is about using the verb ‘to let’ combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common expressions: ‘to let down’ means […]

Learn English Grammar – the past continuous

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We use the past continuous to talk about past events which went on for a period of time. We use it when we want to emphasize the continuing process of an activity or the period of that activity. (If we just want to talk about the past event as a simple fact, we use the […]