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Adjective intensifiers

There are some words which can be used to ‘intensify’ many adjectives – ‘very’ ‘really’ ‘totally’ ‘absolutely’ ‘completely’ ‘utterly’ ‘entirely’. It’s very tall. We’re really happy. She’s totally exhausted. I’m absolutely horrified. He’s completely hopeless. You look utterly miserable. I’m entirely satisfied. Certain adjectives have their own ‘special’ intensifiers which are often used with them. […]

For – part 2

We can use for to mean ‘because’. We only use this in very formal English. The divers have to be careful for a sudden change in conditions could be dangerous. Read the instructions carefully for you will only get one chance to enter the information. We can use for to talk about a purpose or […]

For – part 1

We can sometimes use for + ing to talk about the purpose of a thing. When we do, it means the same as to + infinitive. What is that for? It is for opening envelopes This bell is for calling the waiter. This bell is to call the waiter. When we talk about the purpose […]

English Phrasal Verbs – go

If food is stored in a hot place for too long, it will ‘go off’. I think this fish has gone off. It smells terrible. If you don’t keep it in the fridge, it will soon go off. As time continues, we say that time ‘goes by’. One year went by without any news from […]

English Phrasal Verbs – into part 3

If somebody ‘flies into’ an emotional state, they do it very suddenly and without warning. He flew into a panic when he heard that the big boss was coming. She flew into a rage when she heard that her project had been cancelled. If you ‘fool someone into’ doing something, you trick them into doing […]

English Phrasal Verbs – into part 1

If you ‘bump into’ someone, you meet them by chance. I bumped into Martin in the mall. You’ll never guess who I bumped into today. If you ‘burst into a room’ or ‘burst into tears’, you do it suddenly and without warning. Don’t burst into my room like that. Please knock first. When I told […]

Verbs used to describe change

When we are giving a presentation, we often talk about changes. Usually we illustrate these changes with visual aids to show these changes. We need, however, to explain these changes. To do this, we need special verbs. exercise 1 exercise 2 exercise 3 exercise 4 exercise 5

Phrasal Verbs – up part 5

If you ‘do up’ your coat, you fasten it. Do up your jacket. It looks untidy. Can you do up my coat for me? My hands are frozen. ‘Do up’ can also mean to decorate or make repairs to something. Buy me the paint and I will do up my room. I’m going to do […]

Up Phrasal Verbs 2

There is a group of expressions using ‘up’ where the ‘up’ is not necessary. For example you can say ‘fill’ or ‘fill up’ and it means almost the same thing. So why do we add the ‘up’? Well one possible answer is that ‘we do it because we do it’ – we have just developed […]

Up Phrasal Verbs 1

I’ve had a lot of requests for some lessons on ‘up’ so here is the first of several. We’ll cover the easy part today. One common use for ‘up’ in phrasal verbs is to indicate An upward movement An increase An improvement See how that applies to these eight verbs. If you display something such […]

Down phrasal verbs

If you ‘lie down’ you go for a rest on a bed or a sofa. You look exhausted. Lie down for a while. I lie down for ten minutes after lunch every day. If you ‘slow down’, you go less quickly than before. As I have got older, I seem to have slowed down and […]

No Idioms

If you have absolutely no knowledge of something, you have ‘no idea’ about it. I have no idea what caused my computer to crash. I have no idea where she is. If something is not at all surprising, it is ‘no wonder’ that it happens. You are only wearing a small tee-shirt. No wonder you […]

Strong collocations 2

I got a very positive reaction to my previous exercise on strong collocations. These are so useful but are not taught very much. I speak and teach educated British English. As always, I am looking for feedback from native speakers in other countries about these collocations. http://www.better-english.com/strongcollocation/coll2.htm

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