Saturday, November 11, 2023

Intermediate Phrasal Verbs

A phrasal verb is used to convey a different meaning from the original verb. Different phrasal verbs can have the exact same meaning. Some phrasal verbs have one meaning for objects and a different meaning for people.  Many phrasal verbs will have their meaning depending on the context in which it is being used.


run + into = meet

I ran into my brother at the movies last night. 

run + away = leave home

He ran away when he was 17. 

Some phrasal verbs are intransitive.  An object can not follow an intransitive verb.


show + up = appear

He suddenly showed up. "show up" cannot take an object

Some phrasal verbs are transitive and can be followed by an object.


made + up = fabricate

Fred made up the story. "story" is the object of "make up"

Some transitive phrasal verbs are separable and the object is placed between the verb and the preposition. 


talked + into = convince

Barry talked my mother into letting him borrow the car.

look + up = research or find

She looked the restaurant number up.

Some transitive phrasal verbs are inseparable and the object is placed after the preposition. 


ran + into = meet

I ran into an old girlfriend yesterday.

look + into = research or investigate

He is looking into the problem.

Some transitive phrasal verbs can take an object in both places. 


I looked the number up in the phone book.

I looked up the number in the phone book.

Specific Rule: you must put the object between the verb and the preposition if the object is a pronoun.


I looked it up in the phone book. correct

I looked up it in the phone book. Incorrect

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Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Introduction to Sentence Structure

The two fundamental parts of every English sentence are the subject and the predicate. A simple sentence can also be described as a group of words expressing a complete thought. Subjects can be described as the component that performs the action described by the Predicate.

Subject + predicate = sentence

A simple sentence or independent clause must have a verb. A verb shows action or state of being. The subject tells who or what about the verb.

Subject + verb = sentence

Sentence Structure Vocabulary

The sentence format consists of a subject and a predicate.

The subject names the topic and the predicate tells about the subject.

A sentence with one subject and one predicate is called a simple sentence.

The receiver of actions is called the object.

A group of words used as a single value without subject or predicate is called a phrase.

clause is a group of words with a subject and predicate.

Principal or independent clauses can form sentences.

compound sentence contains two or more principal clauses.

A clause which cannot form a sentence is called a dependant clause.

complex sentence contains a principal clause and one or more dependant or subordinate clauses.

compound-complex sentence contains two principal clauses and one or more subordinate clauses.


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