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Stative Verbs, Action Verbs, and Verbs that are Both

Advanced English Grammar Course Action verbs (or dynamic verbs) are verbs that describe actions. We can use them in the simple or continuous forms. Here are a few examples of action verbs: Every day I walk home from class. I'm walking to the store right now. I read mostly historical fiction. I've been reading a novel that takes place during colonial times. My [...]

Advanced English Grammar Course – Lesson List

The Advanced English Grammar Course begins November 5, and some students have been asking to see the lesson list. Here is an approximate "rough draft" of the topics we will cover during the course. Although the specific lesson titles and the order might be modified a bit as I develop the lessons, this should give you a good [...]

Position of Adverbs in English Sentences

Advanced English Grammar Course Adverbs are words that describe verbs, adjectives, other adverbs, or clauses. Adverbs often answer the questions "How?" and "In what way?" For example: She sings beautifully. In what way does she sing? Beautifully. He runs very fast. How fast does he run? Very fast. I occasionally practice speaking English. How frequently do I practice? Occasionally. The [...]

25 English Expressions With the Word NAME

When you started learning English, the phrases "What's your name?" and "My name is..." were probably among the first things you learned. Here are 25 more English expressions using the word "name"! Your full name is your complete name. It might include a first name, middle name, and last name.  Your last name can also be called your surname or family name. Depending on your culture, it may include several names [...]

20 Business English Phrases for Performance Evaluations

A performance evaluation is an evaluation of an employee's work, skills, and attitude on the job. It can also be called a performance review or performance appraisal. During a performance evaluation, an employee may hear both positive and negative feedback (comments) about his/her work. The employee's manager will often praise the employee's strong points and identify some areas for improvement. [...]