Every sentence has at least one verb. When you construct sentences, you have to pay
close attention to the verbs. You must choose the correct tense of the verb and make the
verb agree with its subject. The following discussion centers on these aspects of verbs. The
lesson ends with a review of some verb pairs that are especially troublesome.
Phrasal Verb ( D )
Phrasal Verb die away die down die off/out disagree with + do away with + do * over + do without + draw * up + dress * down dress down dress * up + dress up drive * back + drop in drop in on + drop out drop out of + Definition diminish in intensity diminish in intensity become extinct cause to feel sick due to food or drink abolish repeat manage without something one wants or needs create ( a contract) reprimand severely dress casually decorate wear elegant clothes repulse visit someone unexpectedly...
We use can to say that someone has the ability or opportunity to do something. The negative of can is cannot (contraction: can't).
Can you swim?
He can play the guitar.
It's nice today. We can sit in the garden.
I can't open this bottle.
could for the italicized verbs if possible.
1. We had a good time yesterday. We went to the zoo. The children enjoyed themselves very much. They saw polar bears and elephants. (No substitution of 'could' is possible.) 2. When I lived in St. Louis, I went to the zoo whenever I wanted to,
but now I live in a small town...
Whales are in danger of dying off. cause to feel sick due to Spicy food disagrees food or drink with me. abolish Some Americans want to do away with the death penalty. repeat You made many mistakes, so I want you to do the report over. manage without I couldn't do without a something one wants or car in California. needs create ( a contract) Let's draw an agreement up before we go any further with this project. reprimand severely The mother dressed her son down for skipping school. dress casually I am dressing down because we're going to...
You would probably say: It doesn’t matter. In informal conversation, we tend to use contractions. For example, we combine does with not, forming the contraction doesn’t. Note that not, the second word in the contraction, loses the letter o, and in place of that o we have an apostrophe: doesn’t. In contractions consisting of a verb plus not, not loses an o.
Sentence-level grammars would also indicate the placement of the be verb in questions. They would also discuss the formation of negative sentences. In English the no/ follows the be verb and can be contracted to It.