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Grammar – What a Verb Is, and What Verbs Aren’t Video

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To start, let us see on What a Verb Is, and What Verbs Aren’t in video.

In this video the Grammarian explains why you should think of a verb as something with a subject, rather than as an "action word".

See the video and try practicing with similar words.

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How to use Passive Voice

Hi Guys,  I got a lot of reply for the last post Direct and Indirect Questions in English in my e-mail. Thanks for those replies.  As I said before please leave your comment in the blog.  If you can give some more example it will be more useful for our users and now for today we will see about the passive voice. 

Compare these two English sentences:

Active = “The doctor gave me a prescription”
Passive = “I was given a prescription”

In the first sentence, the focus is on ‘the doctor’. In the second sentence, the focus is on ‘I’.

When to use the passive

To change the focus of a sentence.
In the passive sentence above, we can make the object and action (‘me’ and ‘gave a prescription’) more important than the subject (‘the doctor’).

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Direct and Indirect Questions in English

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If you have any other example please leave it in the blog, others could find that useful. 

Now lets get back to Direct and Indirect Questions in English.

Direct questions – yes / no questions in English.

1. He likes swimming.
2. He can swim long distances.
3. He is a good swimmer.

To make sentence 1 into a question, you need to add does. The does goes before he. (continue your reading )

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