Category Grammar and Usage

Podcast #76 Wordnet for REGULAR

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Word Study

If something is regular, it follows a pattern or a rule, in one way or the other it is repetitive and predictable. Every month I send in a car loan payment of $65. I make regular monthly payments on my car. Every two weeks she receives a check from the insurance company. She gets a [...] Read More

Podcast #75 Phrasal Verbs with GO — Part 2

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

go by is used to describe the passage of time The years go by so quickly. Time goes by slowly in prison You can also use go by to mean stopping in at someone’s house. We went by Jack’s house to see if he was feeling better. go by can mean to act or think [...] Read More

Podcast #73 Phrasal Verbs with GO – Part 1

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

go about can mean to follow a procedure. Does she know how to go about exchanging her tickets? How should I go about making the request? go along with can mean to agree with a policy. He didn’t go along with the idea of invading Iraq. go along with can also mean to agree with [...] Read More

Podcast #71 Using the Contraction It’s (It is)

 Published in the category Contractions, Grammar and Usage

Today we are going to practice sentences and clauses beginning with It’s, which is the contraction of It is and is spelled i-t-apostrophe-s.  Note that It’s can also be a contraction for It has as in It’s cost me a lot of money. It has cost me a lot of money. But in this lesson [...] Read More

Podcast #69 Phrasal Verbs with TALK

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

talk about: Talk about is not considered to be a true phrasal verb, but it looks like one, so we will start with it.  When you talk about something you are verbally sharing your thoughts or observations about a topic. He talked about his childhood. We can talk about that later. Did you talk with [...] Read More

Podcast #68 Abbreviations and Acronyms

 Published in the category Abbreviations and Acronyms, Grammar and Usage

I went down to AAA to pick up some maps. I dropped in at AAA to get some maps She has been going to AA meetings for over ten years. She’s been attending AA meetings for more than a decade. HP is severely lowering the prices on their laptop computers. HP is aggressively discounting their [...] Read More

Podcast #66 Wordnet for MANAGE

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Word Study

He manages a large restaurant. I used to manage a dentist’s office. She manages the city’s water supply. Managing a McDonalds can be quite stressful. Have you ever managed a bakery? He managed a soccer team for five years. She manages a database of two million subscribers. They completely mismanaged the budget. He felt they [...] Read More

Podcast #64 Wordnet for PRACTICE

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Word Study

He practices piano every day. The tennis player was practicing his serve. The choir will not be practicing this week. You need to practice parallel parking. You’re studying the flute? How often do you practice? I love playing the violin but I hate to practice. How can I make my flute practice more effective? Soccer [...] Read More

Podcast #62 American Long o-Sound

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Pronunciation

hope folks joke o o o wrote stove close toad I told him to go. told go Don’t call me at home. don’t home Does he know how to row a boat? know row boat November can be quite cold. November cold Stay close to Tony. close Tony I’m broke, so I need a loan. [...] Read More

Podcast #61 Phrasal Verbs with LOOK

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

look after He looks after the children while his wife works. I will look after your garden when you are on vacation. Her husband died and she has no one to look after her. We should all look after our own mental and physical health. look around She looked around the store but did not [...] Read More

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