Category Grammar and Usage

Podcast #146 Phrasal Verbs with UP – Part 2

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

BRUSH UP / BRUSH UP ON The phrasal verbs brush up and brush up on both mean to re-study something in order to bring your skills closer to a level you had earlier. We are planning a trip to Spain. I’d better brush up my Spanish. I’d better brush up on my Spanish.   BURN […] Read More

Podcast #144 Phrasal Verbs with UP – Part 1

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

This link to a web page in Desktop English contains a very helpful explanation about the various meanings of up in phrasal verbs: http://desktopenglish.net/up-phrasal-verbs-and-preposition/   ACT UP One meaning of act up is to behave badly, to misbehave, especially in public. I made sure my little son had a nap before we went shopping. He […] Read More

Podcast #142 Phrasal Verbs with COME – Part 3

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

COME OFF The phrasal verb come off can mean to become unstuck or separated. I don’t know how much this shirt costs. The price tag has come off. Come off can also have the meaning of happen, especially for something that has been planned. Did the trip to Las Vegas ever come off? Another use […] Read More

Podcast #140 Phrasal Verbs with COME – Part 2

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

COME AT The phrasal verb come at means to attack. Whatever Julia said, it made the young man furious. He came at her with a knife.   COME BACK The phrasal verb come back can mean to return to a place. She lived in Tunisia for five years. Then she came back to her native […] Read More

Podcast #139 Phrasal Verbs with COME – Part 1

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

COME ABOUT The phrasal verb come about can have the same meaning as the verb happen. You became the assistant to the mayor? How did that come about?   Another meaning of come about is come into being. How did the universe come about?   COME ACROSS/UPON The phrasal verbs come across and come upon […] Read More

Podcast #136 NEXT and LAST in Time Expressions

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Indefinite Words, Other

Welcome to Podcast #136 of ESL Aloud. In the previous lesson you learned how to express indefinite duration in expressions like for a few hours and for several months. You learned not to use the word some in this type of expression. In this lesson you will learn how to avoid another common type of […] Read More

Podcast #135 Avoiding SOME in Time Expressions

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Indefinite Words

Welcome to Podcast #135 of ESL Aloud. This lesson concerns the incorrect use of the word some in expressions of time. Many learners of English, even pretty advanced speakers, will say something like I stayed at the beach for some weeks when what they should have said is I stayed at the beach for a […] Read More

Podcast #132 Negative Prefixes

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Word Study

He sounds like a native speaker of French. His speech is completely unaccented.   You’d better start behaving better. Your attitude is unacceptable.   Could you go over that again?   Your reasoning was unclear.   She’s an interesting artist.  She uses materials in uncommon ways.   The situation was serious in the city square. […] Read More

Podcast #130 Prepositions with Adjectives (9)

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Prepositions with Adjectives

satisfied with When you are satisfied with something, that means it meets your standards or expectations. It is sufficiently good. It is acceptable He was satisfied with his daughter’s grades. Are you satisfied with this hotel?   scared of/by/for To be scared means to experience fear. Scared of means about the same as afraid of. […] Read More

Podcast #127 SO and SUCH – Part 2

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Other, Word Study

The music is so loud. The music is so loud that I have a headache. The music is so loud I have a headache.   She spoke so slowly! She spoke so slowly that I fell asleep. She spoke so slowly I fell asleep.   We planned so carefully! We planned so carefully that nothing […] Read More

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