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On many Everyday Grammar programs, we have talked about a verb form called an infinitive.
In a recent report, we explored how the present perfect was playing in a kind of language competition.
Imagine that verbs, nouns, and other parts of language are competing with each other. One verb form or noun might beat a competing verb form or noun. Much like in the World Cup, the winners go to the next round and the losers no longer play.
Today, we are going to talk about phrasal verbs.
Imagine you want to answer a why question.
Today, we begin the program with a short listening exercise. Pay attention for two verbs connected to giving advice:
The New Year can come on different dates for different cultures. Most of the Western world, for example, celebrates it on January 1st.
Many Americans experience surprise (or disappointment) when they wake up on Christmas Day.
Imagine you want to talk about the time something happened.
Many of you have the goal of learning American English. After all, you are listening to or reading a lesson from the Voice of America.
Imagine you are watching a movie in English. Perhaps it is a musical, such as Mary Poppins Returns.
Today, we continue our discussion about "if" and "whether." Both words are conjunctions that can sometimes be used in place of each other.
Have you ever been unsure about when to use "if" and when to use "whether"? If so, you are not alone. There is a reason these words can be tricky: They are sometimes interchangeable.
You may have heard or read news stories about the recent elections in the United States. The voting ended last Tuesday, November 3. That night and in the days that followed, Americans and people all over the world watched the news for election results.
Imagine you are listening to music in English. Perhaps you hear a few words from "Something," performed by The Beatles.
A friend of mine had a very small wedding last weekend. Only close family attended in person. Everyone else, myself included, watched the ceremony in real time on YouTube. My friend, the bride, looked very, very pretty. She and her new husband were very h
Today on Everyday Grammar, our subject is indefinite pronouns. The pronouns we will consider today end with words such as "thing," "body," and "one."
I was reading The New York Times newspaper this morning and came across a headline that read "Laughter May Be Effective Medicine for These Trying Times."
The Sixth Sense is a famous American movie. The 1999 film tells the story of a young boy who has an unusual issue. He claims that he can see dead people.
Today, let me start with a question: What do the following three statements have in common?
Imagine you are watching an American film or television show - a mystery, for example. You hear one of the actors say the following words:
Every language has its own way of saying something happened in the past, is happening now or will happen in the future. As you know, English does this through verb tenses.
In a recent Everyday Grammar report, we explored phrasal expressions. Phrasal expressions are groups of words that take on a special meaning. This meaning is different from what the individual words suggest.
When you learn a new language, you must learn the meaning of individual words.