Monday, April 20

Lesson 3: The Overused “Be” Verb








Students often get confused with how to use the "Be" Verb or the Linking Verb (as other books call it). In fact, students like to use the "Be" Verb too much. 

However, we should use the "Be" Verb only in the following Combos (combinations):
     

Figure 3: The Formulas of the “Be” Verb

These are the only patterns and formulas we should use the "Be" Verb in. Nothing else. 

This means that if you use the "Be" Verb in a different way, there's a very big chance that you're making a mistake. 


Right now you probably realize that you really need to be familiar with some technical terms used in the world of English grammar. These are simple but very useful terms that you cannot escape if you seriously want to speak English. At least you should remember the translations of these words in your native language. If you know the rules on these words and follow them like traffic rules, then you will be able to make correct sentences.

Like I said, these technical terms are only few and basic. They are:

1.       Noun = the name of a person, place, thing or animal 
Ex. book, chair, Mcdonald’s, car, Paris, Simon etc.

2.       Verb = a word that usually talks about movement or action but has other kinds
 Ex. eat, live, run, catch, walk, see, find, make, believe, love, think etc. 

 3.       Adjective = a word that describes a Noun
Ex. beautiful, short, expensive, far, surprised, depressed etc.

4.       Adverb = a word that talks about manner, degree, place, time or frequency 
 Ex.  quickly, loudly, so, really, slowly, anywhere, yesterday, sometimes etc.

 5.       Preposition = a short word that talks about position or direction 
Ex. in, on, at, below, above, into, out of, by etc.

 6. Article = a short word before some Nouns
Ex. a, an and the

 7. P.P. = stands for Past Participle, a form of Verb 
Ex. spoken, eaten, driven, swum, gone, etc. 

At this point, these would be enough. The important thing is for you to pay attention to what kind of words you are using.

Keep on learning !





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