«Delexical Verbs»


Stage 7 Stage 8 Generally, verbs are words that describe actions. Run, play, talk, learn, sit, go, read, eat, watch, stand, choose, drink, etc. are all action verbs. They tell us what somebody is doing. Sometimes, however, verbs rely on the nouns that accompany them for their meaning. When this happens, we call such verbs …

«Primary Auxiliaries And Modal Auxiliaries Verbs»


Stage 6 Stage 7 This week’s blog is based on auxiliary verbs. In English there are two types of auxiliary verb, primary auxiliaries and modal auxiliaries. The three primary auxiliary verbs are ‘be’, ‘have’ and ‘do’. There are ten common modal auxiliary verbs and they are ‘can’, ‘could’, ‘will’, ‘would’, ‘shall’, ‘should’, ‘may’, ‘might’, ‘must’ …

«Word Order»


Stage 7 Stage 8 Non-native English speakers often have difficulty deciding where words should be placed in a sentence. This can create problems, as word order is extremely important in English. Unlike ‘free word order’ languages like Latin, English does not rely heavily on inflection to create meaning. In Latin, words can be moved around …

The Many Uses of the Word ‘Mind’


Stage 7 Stage 8 The word ‘mind,’ like the word ‘settle,’ has many different meanings. Therefore it’s a good word to be comfortable with, as there are many different situations in which you can use it.  The first is as a noun, and it refers to the element of a person that allows them to …

«Auxiliary Verbs»


Stage 6 Stage 7 There are two basic classifications of auxiliary verb, Primary and Modal. There are three Primary auxiliaries and ten Modals. But before we get started, what’s an auxiliary verb? In a sentence, we always have a main verb. For example, if we can only find one verb in a sentence, then we …

«Animal Idioms: Pets»


Stage 7 Stage 8 Stage 9 This week we are going to look at family pets and how they have infiltrated our daily lives. The first thing we should look at is that every animal, whether it be a pet or a wild animal, has a different name for their young. For example, a baby …

«The Different Types of Nouns»


Stage 6 Stage 7 Stage 8 In the beginning, it is said, was the word (to paraphrase a biblical line). If so, that word – whatever it may have been – soon multiplied exponentially. Presently, words begat phrases; phrases begat clauses; clauses, eventually, begat sentences. Before long, homo sapiens was able to engage in phatic …

The Articles in English


Stage 7 Stage 8 Let’s get started with a general review of the articles in English. There are three of them: “a,” “an” and “the.” The most basic distinction is between the indefinite articles (“a” and “an”) and the definite article (“the”). We use “a” before a consonant sound, and “an” before a vowel sound. …

The Many Uses of the word Settle


Stage 7 Stage 8 Como ya se ha dicho, los Phrasal Verbs bien podrían equivaler a ciertos verbos de nuestra lengua que terminan por establecer una relación especial con determinadas preposiciones, cambiando el sentido de los mismos. Un determinado verbo, unido a diferentes preposiciones, puede expresar significados muy diversos. En este sentido, sirva como ejemplo …