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Phrasal Verbs

Everyday Phrases

What is ____ like?

When we want someone to describe something or someone for us, we can ask the question “What is … like?“ What […]

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Songs

Irregular verbs

Paul Simon, Slip slidin’ away Level: A1 (Elementary) – American English Practise irregular verbs with this Paul Simon song.

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Present Perfect 3 – Giving news

We use the present perfect when we give news. Something happened recently and for the person who is listening it is new and so there is the connection between the past and the present, which there must always be when we use the present perfect. Examples I‘ve bought a new car. We have decided to get married. They‘ve moved house. […]

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Question tags

It's a nice day, isn't it?

Question tags are very common in conversation. They can be rhetorical: It’s a nice day, isn’t it? I know it’s a nice day, I don’t really need to ask you but I want you to respond. That was a good concert, wasn’t it? I know it was a good concert but let’s talk about it. And they can be used […]

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English Phrasal Verb – Burn down

Phrasal Verb burn down Definition destroyed by fire Examples “This old house would have burnt down a long time ago” John Prine, Angel from Montgomery He threw a cigarette on the floor and caused the barn to burn down. Verb and preposition separated? Can be separated Normal or Informal Normal American / British / International International Regular / Irregular Burn is […]

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English Phrasal Verb – Break down

Phrasal Verb break down Definition to stop working (something mechanical) Examples “The years just flow by like a broken down dam” John Prine, Angel from Montgomery My car broken down and I had to push it to the garage. Verb and preposition separated? Can’t be separated Normal or Informal Normal American / British / International International Regular / Irregular Break is […]

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