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Archives for: October 2015

He did what? I’ll never support him again!

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By Michael Ventre msnbc.com contributor AdChoices | advertisement Mel Gibson has a movie coming out in March called “The Beaver.” It’s about an executive who can’t communicate, so he uses a beaver hand puppet to express himself. The premise alone is enough to make you wonder how this film got made. But because of the […]

English Irregular Verbs

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Infinitive Simple Past Past Participle alight alighted, alit alighted, alit arise arose arisen awake awoke, awaked awoken, awaked be was, were been bear bore borne, born beat beat beaten, beat become became become beget begot begotten begin began begun bend bent bent bereave bereaved, bereft bereaved, bereft beseech besought, beseeched besought, beseeched bet bet, betted […]

Past Perfect Simple

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The past perfect simple expresses an action taking place before a certain time in the past. Form of Past Perfect Simple Positive Negative Question no differences I had spoken. I had not spoken. Had I spoken? For irregular verbs, use the past participle form (see list of irregular verbs, 3rd column). For regular verbs, just […]

Present Perfect Progressive

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Present Perfect Continuous The present perfect progressive expresses an action that recently stopped or is still going on. It puts emphasis on the duration or course of the action. Form of Present Perfect Progressive Positive Negative Question I / you / we / they I have been speaking. I have not been speaking. Have I […]

Present Perfect Simple

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The present perfect simple expresses an action that is still going on or that stopped recently, but has an influence on the present. It puts emphasis on the result. Form of Present Perfect Positive Negative Question I / you / we / they I have spoken. I have not spoken. Have I spoken? he / she / it He has spoken. He has not spoken. […]

Past Progressive (Past Continuous)

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The past progressive puts emphasis on the course of an action in the past. Form Positive Negative Question I / he / she / it I was speaking. I was not speaking. Was I speaking? you / we / they You were speaking. You were not speaking. Were you speaking? Exceptions in Spelling Exceptions in […]

Simple Past (Past Simple)

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The simple past expresses an action in the past taking place once, never, several times. It can also be used for actions taking place one after another or in the middle of another action. Form of Simple Past Positive Negative Question no differences I spoke. I did not speak. Did I speak? For irregular verbs, […]