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This booklet is dedicated to one verb only, which is one of the most common and complex verbs in the English language.
The verb 'GET' with its countless meanings, leaves ESL students completely baffled. This booklet has been written to clarify how to use this complex tiny word. The author has taken considerable care to include everything you could possibly wish to know such as idiomatic expressions and phrasal verbs as well as all its various other meanings. The booklet is soley dedicated to the use of GET.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
The Author is a certified ESL Teacher of English as a Foreign language having qualified with CAMBRIDGE RSA DELTA in 1997. She has taught English to students of various nationalities throughout the world. She is now based in Italy where she continues to teach achieving excellent results.
The first part of the book explains the basic structure of the English language with particular focus on how to make verbs negative and how to form questions.
At times it can be confusing to know when to use the present simple tense and when to use the present continuous, especially for students who have no continuous tenses in their native language.
The correct position in sentences of adverbs of frequency, commonly used with the present simple, is also set out together with exercises to ensure full understanding.
Learn when and how to use indefinite and definite articles.
You will also learn/revise determiners, adjectives, subject and object pronouns, possessive adjectives, possessive pronouns and lots more.
Become acquainted with countable and uncountable nouns as well as English quantifiers, tricky aspects of English, though with plenty of practice can become second nature.
‘Can’ for ability and ‘can’ versus ‘could’ for polite requests are also to be found in this convenient guide book.
The use of comparatives and superlatives is clearly illustrated along with extensive exercises to facilitate reinforcement.
Not sure about how to use the English conditionals? Look no further! All is explained in this book. There is plenty of theory and practice on how to use all the conditionals; zero, first, second, third and mixed.
Distinctions between the past simple and past continuous as well as the past simple and present perfect tenses are also clearly defined along with exercises with easily accessible answers.
Special focus has been placed on how and when to use the past perfect simple, and the past perfect continuous - two tenses which can be extremely confusing for non natives.
The main future forms are also discussed in depth with an abundance of exercises to consolidate comprehension. Learn the difference between ‘be going to’ and the ‘present continuous’ for expressing the future along with when and how to use the future simple 'will + infinitive'.
Indirect reporting is one of the most challenging tasks for non native speakers of the English language. The book explores the use of direct speech versus indirect speech (reported speech) where you will find out when and how to use the main reporting verbs ‘say’ and ‘tell’. Exercises follow to enable you to put this complicated aspect of English into practice.
Verbs patterns are also a problem for ESL students. Find out which verbs take the infinitive and which take the gerund, again there are plenty of exercises to ensure consolidation.
It's a well known fact that English is an extremely idiomatic language. In order to improve proficiency, it is necessary to become familiar with how the language really is used.This convenient guide to more than 850 Phrasal Verbs, also includes over 200 business idioms and phrasal verbs, which can be found in the final section along with exercises on the most commonly used phrasal verbs.
ABOUT PHRASAL VERBS
Phrasal verbs can be rather daunting for non natives of the English language. A mistake in using the wrong particle or the wrong word order can completely change the intended meaning. This can lead to misunderstandings which can be either horrific or hilarious.
Students of the English language are not expected to be able to remember every phrasal verb - they are too numerous - but they should be familiar with the most common ones as well as being able to recognise their meanings in context.
Phrasal verbs play an important role in the English language. There is no getting away from them. Every time natives speak they use them. Take a look at the ones below. Did you know that the following two sentences have different meanings?
Peter hung up after a few minutes = he ended the telephone call.
Peter hung up on me after a few minutes = he ended the call by interrupting the conversation abruptly, angrily and rudely. How about this one? I saw through him and I saw him through. I saw through him = I understood his deception, whereas I saw him through = I gave him my support during a difficult period of his life. Now look at these two examples:
I've gone off cheese = I no longer like cheese. The cheese has gone off = the cheese is not fresh anymore.
The alarm clock has just gone off = Can you turn it off please? I want to sleep for another few minutes. Does this mean that the alarm clock is not fresh anymore? NOOOO!!!!! Does it mean the alarm clock doesn’t like someone or something anymore? NOOO!!! Well what does it mean you may be asking yourself.
You should be able to understand by context. Out of context ‘go off’ is devoid of any meaning whatsoever.
In the case of the alarm clock, it means, it rang.
Another example is: He turned on me = he either attacked me physically or verbally. He turned me on = he made me become excited. Now can you see why the wrong use can lead to misunderstandings?
Phrasal verbs can be separable, that is, as seen in the example ‘he turned me on’, and inseparable as in the example ‘he turned on me’. There are also phrasal verbs which are both separable and inseparable.
She took off her jacket/she took her jacket off = she removed her jacket.
In this book you will become familiar with each phrasal verb type. Good clear examples are set out to illustrate meaning.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The author is a qualified English language instructor - certified with Cambridge RSA DELTA since 1997. She has also attended numerous seminars throughout the years - held by tutors from Cambridge - to discuss the most effective way of presenting new grammar points to English language learners, how to deal with pronunciation issues and how to speak English with confidence.
She has been awarded certificates for phonological and phonemic awareness and is an expert on articulatory phonetics.
Aimed at late intermediate/early upper intermediate English language students with the main focus on vocabulary building. Word formation is one of the key elements in all English language exams. It is an important component in vocabulary building. By improving your vocabulary you become equipped with the ability to enhance your speaking and writing abilities. Being able to distinguish the parts of speech is essential in the word formation exercises. This will also enable you to begin to recognise sentence patterns - an indispensable requirement when it comes to advancing in your studies.
Basic sentence structure is also dealt with in the book. Learn how to form longer sentences correctly. Too many learners are writing in distorted English due to a direct translation from their own language. Begin to become familiar with sentence patterns in order to improve writing and speaking skills.
The book also includes plenty of grammar exercises for those of you who like to freshen up on grammar.
Continuous revision of the main grammar points is always an excellent idea at any level of English, especially for those of you who do not live in an English speaking country. It is all too easy to forget if you do not practise. Practice makes perfect.
About the author
Jacqueline Melvin is a certified ESL teacher of English as a foreign language having qualified with Cambridge RSA DELTA in 1997. She has extensive teaching experience and has taught English to students of all levels.
English as a foreign language
Are you still trying to get to grips with phrasal verbs even at an advanced level of English? If so why not grab yourself a copy of this little book with over 100 phrasal verbs and expressions specifically designed for students of a more advanced level of English.
Multiple good quality examples will enable you to really grasp their meanings.
About Idiomatic language
English idiomatic expressions are used both in formal and informal communications. They come naturally to native speakers who use them spontaneously without giving them much thought. However, non-native speakers of English have been found to lack the ability to use such expressions adequately, therefore creating a gap in proficiency. To be proficient in English, speakers are required to have a clear comprehension of figurative language. Idioms fall into this category. The more a non native speaker of English is able to use idiomatic expressions, the closer he or she is to English language competence.
What are idiomatic expressions?
Idiomatic expressions cannot be translated word for word without causing confusion. They must be adopted as a whole, due to their hidden, mysterious meanings.
In this book you will learn numerous of such expressions, commonly used on a daily basis among native speakers, along with numerous phrasal verbs which also have non literal meanings. Definitions and clear cut examples have been set out to fully clarify how to use them. Some idioms and phrasal verbs are recycled in the examples for further consolidation. By becoming familiar with these important elements of the English language, you will undoubtedly increase your proficiency.
A phrasal verbs glossary is included at the end of the book
About the book
The book deals with commonly mispronounced words among non native speakers. Its main purpose is to focus on the difficulties learners have in speaking English and understanding the spoken language. Speaking and listening skills both go hand in hand so in order to speak well, the learner has first of all to improve his/her listening skills by becoming phonetically aware of how words are pronounced. The fact is, there are many difficulties due to English not being a phonetic language. It is thereby important to recognise the English sound system patterns. The book focuses on high frequency mispronounced words among foreign learners.
By improving your oral and listening skills you can become more communicative and, what’s more, you can begin to speak with less of a foreign accent.
English is not a phonetic language. For this reason the book is dedicated to pronunciation and the study of the phonemic script and how to use it. If you are unfamiliar with phonemes then it is a good idea to begin to become aware of how important they are to achieving accuracy in the spoken language. This phonetic “language” has been devised for non natives to aid with pronunciation.
One of the most fascinating and elusive aspects in learning English is the phonetics. "To speak like a native speaker" is a skill that many would like to develop, but few manage to achieve.
Why should I improve my accent?
For several reasons.
We live in a society where we are judged not only by appearance but also by the way we speak.
Improving your pronunciation will give you a sense of fulfilment and accomplishment from a cultural point of view.
About the author
Jacqueline Melvin is a qualified English language instructor - certified with Cambridge RSA DELTA since 1997. She has been awarded certificates for phonological and phonemic awareness and is an expert on articulatory phonetics.
An invaluable guide for higher level non native learners of English as well as an ideal refresher for students of Upper Intermediate to Advanced levels of English.
Compiled for those of you who would like to increase your vocabulary and freshen up on the main grammar points - which is always a good idea at all levels of English.
Grammar rules are clearly explained after the grammar revision at the final section of the book. Time lines have also been included to clarify meanings.
For quick reference the book rounds off with a review of all the main tenses, with particular focus on the narrative tenses, extremely important for indicating time shifts and background information when writing exam essays.
In this book you will also:
Learn how to use commonly used words which have the same spelling, the same pronunciation but different meanings. Learn how to use commonly used words which have the same spelling but different pronunciation and meanings.
Learn words which have the same pronunciation but different spelling and different meanings.
The book deals with several of such words although there are many more. The focus is on those which are most commonly used.
Everyday language, vocabulary and grammar are continuously recycled throughout the book.
There is a high frequency of errors among students who are non native to English, when using “come” and “go”. Even the most advanced Learner of English, continues to error on these two verbs. Clear distinctions are set out on how to use them, and an exercise is included to reinforce their use. Answers follow each exercise.
Verbs such as “borrow and lend”, “bring and take”, “speak and talk”, "manage to and be able to" etc., also continue to create confusion even at higher levels of English. The book deals with how to use these verbs correctly with clear explanations on their use and exercises with readily accessible answers.
There are also exercises on how to augment your vocabulary by becoming familiar with suffixes and prefixes - a good idea for any student of an intermediate to an advanced level. More exercises follow to practise paraphrasing (key word transformation) – an important requirement for exams such as First certificate and Cambridge Advanced.
An exercise on connectors is also included in the book for those of you who would like to revise their use. As always, clear guidance in context is given on how to apply this language along with answers which follow each exercise. English learners continue to make prepositional errors throughout their learning lives.
The book includes an “extensive” verb + preposition section with exercises to facilitate comprehension. Are you continuing to use “depend from” instead of “depend on”? Don't be caught out making such errors typical among non natives.
End confusion today.
Suitable for level testing in GRAMMAR for KET, PET, FCE, IELTS and TOEFL
Suitable for late intermediate to advanced learners of English
Join Mark on his life changing journey while learning over 1000 phrasal verbs and idioms along the way.
As well as changing his own life, Mark inadvertently changes the lives of several people – each with a story to tell - each linked by destiny.
PHRASAL VERBS PRACTICE TESTSPhrasal verbs practice tests has been specifically devised for non native students of the English language who have reached at least an intermediate level of English.
As well as an exercise book, with easily accessible answers, it also includes, in the second section, a phrasal verb reference guide with further examples and explanations.
All grammar structures and tenses are used within the examples throughout the book to enable you to not only freshen up on phrasal verbs, but also to revise grammar.
What's more, plenty of idiomatic expressions are used throughout the book along with even more phrasal verbs within each phrasal verb example sentences. Those are marked with an *asterisk, and their meanings are explained in the answer sections.
WHY SHOULD I FAMILIARISE MYSELF WITH PHRASAL VERBS?For one thing, they are everywhere. Natives to English use them every time they speak.
You hear them on the news and on radio broadcasts. You come across them in newspapers, journals, magazines etc,
You name it and phrasal verbs are there.
It's also important to understand that the only way to achieve English grammar mastery is to have constant exposure to idiomatic language. Phrasal verbs fall into this category. The more contact you have with those multi-word verbs with their multiple meanings, the more familiar they will become and the easier it will be to get closer to achieving proficiency in English.