Let’s Learn Stative Verbs In English

Michael Grammar

What are stative verbs in English? Well, there are basically two types of verbs in English – ACTION verbs and STATIVE verbs. Action verbs do just that, they show us an action or movement. On the other hand, stative verbs show us a state or condition. It’s a good idea to know the difference between action and stative verbs and most importantly, know how to use them. For today’s English lesson, let’s take a look at some stative verbs.  Read the paragraph below and then check out today’s lesson: I feel tired today. Maybe it’s because of the heat. It feels like the temperature is almost 38°C (90°F). When it gets this hot I like to drink iced tea. It tastes so refreshing. When I see a glass I feel the coolness coming to greet me. Iced tea even smells like summer. Feel, hear, see, smell, taste, touch are all verbs that have to do with our senses and there are two key points to keep in mind. First, we generally don’t use our effort or intention when we feel, hear, see, smell, & taste. Secondly, in general stative verbs are not used in a progressive form. You know, that’s …

Learn The Difference Between LEARN And STUDY

Michael Confusing Words, Vocabulary

I guess since you are reading this you are studying English. I know that learning a language is not easy. Some people study for years and still have a hard time. Just about every day I fill up the pixels on your computer with material that hopefully can help you learn something in English. I hope you enjoy studying with me. Learn and study. What’s the difference between these to words? That’s a great question that a lot of English learners have. So today,  let’s take a look at the difference between learn and study. Study is a process. When you study, you use tools such as books and computers in order to help you get information into your head. You study because you want to learn something. I have been studying Japanese for more than 10 years. Teddy is studying to become a doctor. Gina is studying her notes for the history exam this week. Learn is what happens as a result of studying or experience. When you learn something, you have it in your head forever. I learned how to cook Italian food from my mom. It’s hard to learn all of the things you need to know …

Learn The Difference Between LET And MAKE: Causative Grammar in English

Michael Grammar

What’s the difference between LET and MAKE? For example, should I say MAKE someone do something or LET someone do something? This question can be answered by the study of causative grammar. Causative grammar in English is used to show that one person causes or enables another person to do something. MAKE and LET are two verbs that can be use in a causative way, so let’s have a look at those today! Look at the following short paragraph. My sister said she would let me drive her new car today. It’s a hot looking, very fast black Benz. I thought I was going to drive to the beach, but she made me drive to the shopping mall. Unbelievable! Now, I’m going to let you know the difference between let and make, but don’t worry, I won’t make you do any homework. Let’s take a look at these two sentences, starting from let: Lori let Michael drive her new car. When Lori lets Michael drive her car, Michael wanted to do that, and Lori gave him the ok to do it. Let, in the causative form, shows permission. The grammar is [someone A] lets [someone B] do something. Here are …

Hope vs. Wish – Learn The Difference

Michael Confusing Words, Vocabulary

What is the difference between HOPE and WISH? That’s a great question, and one that a lot of English learners have. That’s because HOPE and WISH have similar meanings. In this one-point English lesson, let’s have a look at the how to use HOPE and WISH in everyday English. We use HOPE when we desire something that is possible or likely to happen. I hope it doesn’t rain today. ← The forecast says rain is likely, but I would be happier if it did not rain. I hope the train comes on time. ← The train is often late, but I would be happier if it did not come late today. I hope the exam is cancelled. ← There is a possibility that the teacher will cancel the exam, and I would be happy if he did so. On the other hand, we use WISH to talk about our desire when the situation is an imaginary situation or not likely to happen. I wish I could have a pet ← The apartment I live in doesn’t allow pets, but I want one. I wish Jane were here ← Jane is not here, but I would like it if she was …

Using Move vs. Go – English Vocabulary Lesson

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When I was five years old, we moved from an apartment to a house because we needed more room. It was great to be able to grow up in a house with a backyard. My family never moved from that house and in fact, my mother still lives there. I moved a lot, though. I even moved overseas, but in 1998 I moved back to New York. I love it here! A lot of people have trouble using the word move naturally, so today I want to show you how we use this word in English. First, take a look at a short conversation. Joe: Where were you last night? Bob: We were hanging out at Angela’s house. It was fun. Joe: Were you there all night? Bob: No, after about two hours we moved to my house to play Wii. In the above conversation, B used moved. We usually don’t use move this way. Have you used move like this? Take a look at the different ways we use the word move: You can 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. …

How to use Make, Let, Have, & Get: English Causative Grammar Explained Clearly!

Michael Grammar 4 Comments

When we use the causative form of make, have, and let, and the object of those verbs is performing the action, we use the base form of the main verb. In its causative form, make has the meaning of “force” or “push” The boss made Jack work on the report all day. “Jack” is the object of the verb and performs the action “work.” I make my students write a journal every day. “My students” is the object of the verb and performs the action “write.” Jenny made her son eat all of his vegetables. “Her son” is the object of the verb and performs the action “eat.” In its causative form, let has the meaning of “permit.” Bob usually lets his children watch TV after they finish their homework. “His children” is the object of the verb and performs the action “watch.” Tony let Jane buy a new car after getting a bonus. “Jane” is the object of the verb and performs the action “buy.” The airline let me switch my flight without a penalty. “Me” is the object of the verb and performs the action “switch.” Have, in its causative form, has the meaning of “ask” or “request.” …

Say, Tell, & Talk – One-Point English Lesson

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Here’s a quick review of how to use these three words: 1. We use say + the person’s exact words. You can use the exact words in written English like this: Jack said, “I had pizza for lunch.” 2. We also use say + the person’s words in spoken English this way. Note: using that after said is optional. Jack said that he had pizza for lunch  (or) Jack said he had pizza for lunch 3. We use tell + listener + the person’s words this way. Note: using that after tell is optional. Jack told me that he had pizza for lunch  (or) Jack told me he had pizza for lunch 4. We use tell + listener + about + the topic like this: Jack told me about his lunch. 5. We use talk + to + listener and talk + about + topic like this Jack talked to me about his lunch. Who did you talk to today? Try to make 5 different sentences using say, tell, and talk. If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not help them out! Just share this lesson with them. Thanks for studying today!

Make Up Your Mind – Happy English Idiom Lesson

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When you make up your mind, it means you decide something. You can make up your mind [to do something] or [about something]: – I made up my mind to go skiing this weekend. – Did Kenji make up is mind about the car? I made up my mind about lunch! I’m having pizza! How about you? If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not help them out! Just share this lesson with them. Thanks for studying today!

English Vocabulary Lesson: Phrases Using Make

Michael Vocabulary 3 Comments

Make is a versatile word in English. There are a variety of collocations (set expressions) and idioms using make. Today, let’s have a look at some of the most common ones. First, we will look at some collocations with make. Here are some things you can make: Make a change We made some changes to the meeting agenda. Make a decision Tomoko made a decision to study English for 30 minutes every day. Make an effort Craig made an effort to finish his work on time. Make an excuse Jack said he was too tired to go out, but I think he was just making an excuse. Make friends Bill made friends with everyone at the conference. Make an improvement Chris has really made an improvement in the office since he took over as manager. Make a meal Mom made a nice dinner last night. Make a mistake I made a mistake on my exam. Make money Bob made money on eBay and was able to take a nice vacation. Make noise The kids were making a lot of noise at Joey’s birthday party. Make a phone call I need to make a few phone calls before leaving the office. …

English Grammar Lesson – Verb & Preposition Combinations

Michael Grammar 6 Comments

English Grammar has a number of verb plus preposition combinations. One type is the phrasal verb.  Phrasal verbs such as turn on, back up, & pick up are idiomatic. However, there are other types of verb plus preposition collocations which are not idiomatic; they are just as I like to think of them, “set phrases.” These are set phrases that you simply have to memorize. Today, I am going to show you some of these collocations with example sentences: agree with [someone] I don’t agree with Jim. agree on [something] We can not agree on this contract unless you change the terms. agree to [verb]  We agreed to meet again next Tuesday. apologize for [something] I apologized for the mistake. apologize to [someone] I have to apologize to the boss for the trouble. appeal to [someone] We appealed to the CEO, but the company’s decision was final apply for [something] I am going to apply for a truck driver’s license. approve of [something] I do not approve of smoking in this office. argue with [someone] Jack has been arguing with his wife recently. argue about [something] They usually argue about money. If you know anyone who might be interested in …