Podcast #97 Phrasal Verbs with PUT – Part 1

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Phrasal Verbs

  PUT ACROSS The separable phrasal verb put across means to effectively communicate or explain an idea. The speaker was not very effective. He was not able to put across his main points. He was not able to put his main points across.   TV is a good way to put across anti-tobacco messages. TV […] Read More

Podcast #96 A Bad Day for Walter

 Published in the category General Practice, Humor, Lesson Exercises PDF

Lesson Exercises Walter overslept. He had to eat breakfast in a rush. He cut his face in two places shaving. He hadn’t done his weekly clothes washing, so he didn’t have any clean underpants. There was frost on his car’s windshield. He didn’t own a scraper. He did what he could with his fingernails. On […] Read More

Podcast #95 Expressions of Frequency – Part 2

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Word Study

We meet daily. We have a daily meeting. She often buys expensive clothes. They usually call before they come over. Usually he was very polite. I don’t come here often. I check my Facebook account daily. I check my Facebook account daily even when I am traveling.   daily weekly monthly yearly annually   He […] Read More

Podcast #94 Expressions of Frequency – Part 1

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Word Study

always almost always nearly always very frequently quite frequently frequently very often quite often often usually sometimes occasionally infrequently seldom rarely hardly ever almost never never   He is sometimes very stubborn. She is not often willing to work on weekends. We are always exhausted after a mountain hike. My dogs are not always this […] Read More

Podcast #93 The Final Doctor Visit

 Published in the category General Practice, Humor

A man hasn’t been feeling well. He sees his doctor for a complete physical exam. The lab tests are done immediately. The doctor asks the man into his office. “I’m afraid I have some very bad news, ” the doctor says.“You’re dying, and you don’t have much time left.” “Oh, that’s terrible!” says the man. […] Read More

Podcast #92 Wordnet for SATISFY

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Word Study

Nothing he does satisfies his parents. That explanation will not satisfy the judge. Are you satisfying your inner needs? She satisfied her curiosity about prison conditions. That meal did not at all satisfy my hunger.   I satisfied myself that Kelly was telling the truth. He satisfied himself that the car had been repaired properly. […] Read More

Podcast #91 My Barbers

Lesson Exercises Over the years I have had many barbers. I’ve easily spent over 200 hours in barber chairs. I don’t remember all my barbers. But some are definitely memorable. Jerry was my first barber. Jerry was an Italian immigrant. He always had the radio turned to opera. He charged 60 cents. In college I […] Read More

Podcast #90 When TAKE means REQUIRE or USE UP

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Word Study

It will take me two hours to write my report.   It took an hour to replace the lock. It took an hour for Bob to replace the lock. It took Bob an hour to replace the lock. Replacing the lock took an hour. Replacing the lock took Bob an hour. Bob took an hour […] Read More

Podcast #89 Another Joke

 Published in the category General Practice, Humor, Lesson Exercises PDF

Lesson Exercises A farmer named Clyde had a car accident. He had been hit by a truck. Several weeks later, he was in court. He was suing for medical expenses.The lawyer for the trucking company was questioning him. The lawyer said, “At the scene of the accident, didn’t you say ‘I’m fine’?” Clyde responded, “Well, […] Read More

Podcast #88 The Word EVEN

 Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Word Study

Note: Sentences in italics appeared as examples. The surface of the road is not very even. I haven’t even opened the letter yet. Don’t you even talk to me right now! It is difficult to connect the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle. The surface of the table is not even. A very rich man left […] Read More

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