English Lesson: Using Move

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Some of my students were having trouble with the word move. Let’s have a look today at how we can use this verb. First, take a look at a short conversation:

A: Where were you last night?
B: We were hanging out at Angela’s house. It was fun.
A: Were you there all night?
B: No, after like two hours we moved to my house to play Wii.
A: Huh??

In the above conversation, B used moved. We usually don’t use move this way. Here are a few different ways to use the word move:

Use move when you change the house or town where you live:

  • Jack moved to Brooklyn last week.
  • I moved three times in 2 years. It’s tiring.
  • Are you going to move from your parent’s house?

Use move when you change the location of an object:

  • I moved the sofa to the other wall, and my living room seems so much wider.
  • Please move the flowers; I need to put the dishes on the table.
  • I need to move my car. I am parked too close to the driveway.

Use move, when you talk about a person changing their temporary location:

  • At the theater, I had to move because a guy with a big hat sat right in front of me!
  • I asked my students to move closer to the whiteboard.
  • Jane said she needs to move her houseplants so they get more sun.

In all other cases, you can use go. Here is what our friend “B” from the conversation above should have said:

A: Were you there all night?
B: No, after like two hours we went to my house to play Wii.

I hope this was helpful. Remember, you can always leave a comment or suggestion for a one-point lesson.

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