Stative Verbs

  STATIVE VERBS describe states (conditions that exist); they do not describe activities that are in progress. That's why they're not used in any of the progressive tenses.   Compare these examples: The verb have is also commonly used as progressive verb, with a difference in meaning. • He has a car. (stative verb) •... Continue Reading →

Reflexive Pronouns

Pronouns that end in -self or -selves are called reflexive pronouns. There are nine reflexive pronouns: myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself, oneself, ourselves, yourselves, and themselves. Reflexive pronouns are used when the same person is the subject and the object of the verb. Examples: • I cut myself (while) shaving this morning. [The subject 'I'... Continue Reading →

Types of Doctors in English

• DOCTOR/M.D. (dokter): a person who has a degree of Doctor of Medicine, works to help sick people, and is licensed to prescribe medicine   When you are sick, you should see a doctor.   • GENERAL PRACTIONER/G.P. (dokter umum): an M.D. who treats most common diseases and ailments   Our G.P. takes care of... Continue Reading →

Question Tags

A question tag is a question added at the end of a sentence. The speakers use question tag to make sure their information is correct or to seek agreement. Special forms of tags: 1. This/That is your car, isn't it? ⇒ The tag pronoun for 'this/that' = it     These/Those are yours, aren't they? ⇒ The... Continue Reading →

Suffix -er

Suffix is a morphem added at the end of a root word to form a new word with a new meaning. Suffix -er has a lot of meanings. Take a look at this: 1. as a performer; a person or a thing who/which does something Suffix -er (also -or) is added to some verbs to... Continue Reading →

Talking about HOT WEATHER

Here are some more expressions about "hot weather": 1. It's nice and warm today. - We often combine 'nice' + 'warm' to be very positive.   2. It's pretty hot, isn't it? - To tell when the weather is hot - maybe almost too hot.   3. We're having a heatwave! - When the weather... Continue Reading →

What happened? or What did happen?

"What happened (to my father)?" This is a subject question because "what" (the question word) is the subject of the verb "happened". The subject questions don't take auxiliary verbs   Below are subject questions. The verb and its subject are bolded and italicized. The speaker is expecting the answer to be the subject of the... Continue Reading →

Indefinite Pronouns

Quick Grammar Lesson ANYONE or ANYBODY? - What's the difference between ANYONE and ANYBODY?   Both are singular pronouns. Use ANYONE when you are suggesting a person in a known group, for example, "Does anyone in this class know the capital city of Argentina?" Use ANYBODY when you are unaware of the group, as in... Continue Reading →

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