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An in-depth exploration of English verbs
The verb is at the heart of every single sentence. But this aspect of grammar can be difficult for students studying English for the first time. A minor alteration in verb form can completely change the meaning of a sentence. Once you master verb usage, though, you'll be well on your way to speaking and writing in English as if it were your native language.
Practice Makes Perfect: English Verbs takes you through the various verb forms, beginning with the present and past tenses and concluding with more complex forms such as imperative, passive, and conditional. Each section of this book includes numerous exercises to help you incorporate English verbs into your writing and speech.
Carefully organized to facilitate students of English as a second language, this easy-to-follow workbook provides:
- Clearly written, comprehensive overviews of verb tenses and meanings
- Dozens of practical exercises to help you perfect verb usage
- A list of frequently used verbs and a chart of irregular verbs
- Special chapters on imperative, conditional, and passive sentences
More than a mere guide to help you remember English verb tenses, this practical, insightful book aids you in understanding how and why certain verb forms are used. Under the guidance of Practice Makes Perfect: English Verbs you'll move beyond the basics and master the subtleties that come natural to native speakers.
Practice Makes Perfect: English Verbs
offers ESL students an effective way to master English verbs. Concentrating on the three most challenging aspects of verbs--form, meaning, and use--it features comprehensive overviews along with exercises that present common regular and irregular verbs in everyday contexts. Students get to practice verb conjugations while gaining valuable insights into how context influences verb form in English.
Coverage progresses from basic verb phrases to more complicated forms, such as modal verbs and verbal complements, and includes examples of sentence constructions in which verbs play a central role, such as imperatives, conditionals, and passives.
About the Author
Loretta Gray teaches applied linguistics at Central Washington University. She has taught English as a second language in Mexico, Spain, and the United States. She lives in Ellensburg, Washington.
Table of Contents
PART I THE PRESENT TENSE UNIT 1: Simple Present
UNIT 2: Be Verb Forms UNIT 3: Present Progressive (Be Verb + -ing) UNIT 4: Present Perfect
UNIT 5: Present Perfect Progressive
PART II THE PAST TENSE
UNIT 6: Simple Past UNIT 7: Be Verb Forms
UNIT 8: Past Progressive (Be Verb+-ing) UNIT 9: Past Perfect
UNIT 10: Past Perfect Progressive
PART III THE FUTURE TENSE
UNIT 11: Simple Future UNIT 12: Be Going To
UNIT 13: Future Progressive (Will Be Verb+-ing) UNIT 14: Future Perfect
UNIT 15: Future Perfect Progressive
PART IV Imperative, Passive, AND HYPOTHETICAL CONDITIONAL
UNIT 16: Imperative UNIT 17: Passive
UNIT 18: Hypothetical Conditional
PART V PHRASAL VERBS AND MODAL AUXILIARY VERBS
UNIT 19: Phrasal Verbs UNIT 20: Modal Auxiliary Verbs
PART VI GERUND AND INFININTIVE COMPLEMENTS UNIT 21: Gerunds
UNIT 22: Infintives UNIT 23: Gerunds or Infinitives