Category Grammar and Usage

Podcast #126 SO and SUCH – Part 1

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

It is hot today! It is very very hot today! It is so hot today! It is such a hot day!   My teacher is so strict. She is such a strict teacher.   That cake is so delicious. That is such a delicious cake.   The lecture was so long. It was such a […] Read More

Podcast #123 Animal Names

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Word Study

The girl’s hair was mouse brown. He’s a real mouse. Eat a little slower. It’s not healthy to wolf down your food. It is not polite to wolf your food down. He can’t let a pretty woman pass without saying something to her. He is such a wolf. Don’t trust that man. He is just […] Read More

Podcast #120 USUAL and USUALLY

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Word Study

He usually plays golf on Saturdays. She was in her usual bad mood. It’s unusually hot today. It’s an unusually hot day. Usually I don’t post on Facebook. He usually wears a suit and tie to work. She ordered her usual drink at the bar. That car has an unusual shape. It’s unusual to see […] Read More

Podcast #119 Prepositions with Adjectives (8)

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Prepositions with Adjectives

Welcome to Podcast #119 of ESL Aloud. This is the eighth lesson that deals with the prepositions that come after certain adjectives. The adjective constructions you will practice in this lesson are: kind of, kind to, nice of, nice to, married to, nervous about, nervous over, pleased with, pleased about, responsible for, responsible to.   […] Read More

Podcast #117 Expressing Duration with SINCE and FOR

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Other

I have taught French since 1990. He has been mayor since 2005. I have been waiting here since five o’clock. She had been a problem since the day she was born. It has not rained since Monday. He has been unemployed since February. She has been fighting cancer since last summer.   I studied Arabic […] Read More

Podcast #115 Phrasal Verbs with KEEP – Part 2

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

KEEP FROM When you keep someone from doing something you prevent that person from performing an action. He had a very good lawyer. She kept him from going to jail. I can’t keep myself from eating candy. Oh, I see it is 6:30 already. I don’t want to keep you from dinner.   KEEP IN […] Read More

Podcast #114 Phrasal Verbs with KEEP – Part 1

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

KEEP AROUND To keep something or someone around means to have the thing or person nearby.   I always keep around some nuts when I’m working. I always keep some nuts around when I’m working.   My brother had geckos, iguanas, and snakes as pets. He also kept around several mice. He also kept several […] Read More

Podcast #113 Avoiding the Overuse of VERY

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Word Study

I was absolutely certain it was a good plan. This is the absolutely worst day of my life. The two brothers are completely different. Why are you so completely heartless? You are entirely correct. The workers are entirely satisfied with the new contract. His wife was utterly charming. I am utterly incapable of learning how […] Read More

Podcast #110 Phrasal Verbs with THINK (Sentences Only)

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

  Do you ever think about life after death? He was thinking about a new product idea. She thinks only about herself.   They thought about opening a toy store. I’m thinking about eating out tonight. Have you thought about studying Turkish?   He thought of calling his brother, but didn’t. I thought of you […] Read More

Podcast #109 Phrasal Verbs with THINK

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

THINK ABOUT When you think about something you have a thought in your head concerning that thing. For example, suppose I say “I am thinking about how much fun it is to go kayaking.” This means I might have a picture in my head of a kayaking trip I once took. Do you ever think […] Read More

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