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Stative verbs

Think or thinking ? Have or having? When dealing with stative verbs, we basically mean those verbs that describe a state instead of an action, but this can be a tricky thing  and sometimes a verb belongs to both categories depending on context. When can we use these  verbs in the progressive form? Here are a few tips along with a quiz.

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Word order for adjectives

ADJECTIVES THAT GIVE INFORMATION ABOUT A NOUN (NOUN MODIFIERS)

We can give information about something by using adjectives.

  • An Italian car.
  • Dark hair.

 These adjectives can  come before a noun although they can also come after a verb. Here we are going to see them in front of a noun. (predicative position). Look at the boxes and after do the grammar activity.

We can use a lot of adjectives but in the English language we usually have a pattern of preference for which adjectives come first.

  • A beautiful, red Italian car.
  • Long curly dark hair.

 … But which one comes first? There is a general rule according to the type of information the adjective is giving.

ARTICLE/QUANTIFIER/NUMBER SIZE SHAPE COLOUR NOUN
 – long curly dark hair
Two big yellow scarves

Or…

 

A/Q/N OPINION AGE SIZE SHAPE COLOUR ORIGIN MATERIAL NOUN
 – long curly dark hair
Two big yellow scarves
An ugly old square grey British concrete block of flats
A lovely new big round white Spanish wooden table

the more adjectives we add, the more complicated the things gets. We might have to give very long descriptions which would look something like the box above. Luckily, we don’t usually use this in speech because our interlocutor might start yawning.

 

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Word order in questions

Hello! Here’s a bit of grammar on word order in questions for basic levels. Here are two golden rules to help you remember.

 

Rule number one for word order in questions:  Auxiliary, Subject and Infinitive for questions like:  Do you like coffee? Did he enjoy the film?

 

Rule number two for word order in questions is Question word, Auxiliary, Subject and Infinitive for questions like: When do you drink coffee?  How did he get to the airport? 

 

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Confusing words: to be or have

When learning a language we frequently translate from our own native tongue. This can be helpful on some occasions, but on many others it can lead us to make mistakes. One of the most typical mistakes made by Spanish speakers is to use Spanish structures like ‘Tengo veinte años’ instead of the English ‘to be _____ many years old’. Here’s a short grammar activity to give a little help with this common error. Hope it results useful.

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