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Strong and Weak Verbs

November 15th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

We have already seen that the main tenses of a verb are the present, the past and the past participle. All other tenses are formed from these three forms.

Verbs of Incomplete Predication

November 14th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Intransitive verbs do not have objects:

The baby cried.
She slept.

In the example sentences given above the intransitive verbs cried and slept have no objects, but the sentences still make complete sense.

More on Verbs: Mood

November 14th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

The word mood is derived from the Latin word ‘modus’ which means mode or manner. Hence the mood of a verb shows the mode or manner in which the action expressed by the verb takes place.

Formation of Negative Sentences – Part IV

November 12th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Simple future

The simple future tense is used to talk about an action or event which is yet to take place. Sentences in this tense have the following structure:

Formation of Negative Sentences – Part III

November 12th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Simple past

The simple past tense expresses a past action or event the time of which may or may not be indicated.
Sentences in this tense have the following structure:

Formation of Negative Sentences – Part II

November 12th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Present continuous tense

Sentences in the present continuous tense have the following structure:

Subject + is/am/are + -ing form of the verb

Formation of Negative Sentences – Part I

November 11th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Simple present

In order to change an affirmative sentence in the simple present tense into a negative sentence, we use do not or does not before the principal verb. Note that do is used with I, you and plural subjects. Does is used with singular subjects.