Fun Easy English Classroom January 22


Learn about
English verbs

Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to learn about verbs an important part of English grammar.
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Grammar: Verbs

Definition of a verb.
Verb Types
  • auxiliary verb
  • modifies the meaning of another verb in a sentence
  • copula verb
  • connects the subject to the complement and describes the subject
  • ditransitive verb
  • takes both a direct object and an indirect object
  • dynamic verb
  • used in the progressive (continuous) aspect to indicate an unfinished action
  • finite verb
  • has a subject and shows tense, person, and number
  • gerund
  • acts as a noun by adding "ing" to the end
  • infinitive verb
  • occurs with "to" (except after an auxiliary verb or a modal verb)
  • intransitive verb
  • does not take an object
  • irregular verb
  • does not take "ed", "d", or "t" to form the simple past and past participle as do regular verbs
  • modal verb
  • used to express intention, necessity, obligation, offer, permission, possibility, prohibition, question, request, suggestion
  • phrasal verb
  • a combination of a verb and a preposition, a verb and an adverb, or a verb with both an adverb and a preposition
  • regular verb
  • takes "ed", "d", or "t" to form the simple past and past participle
  • stative verb
  • describes a state or condition
  • transitive verb
  • takes an object
Fun Easy English Grammar Lessons
From YOUR Teacher: Verbs

A thorough knowledge of verbs is essential if you want to be fluent in English. Spend a lot of time learning verbs and their various forms.
Test: Grammar Verbs

It is very important to make sure the subject and verb in a sentence are in agreement. In the following test, choose the correct sentences.
1.  Choose the correct sentence.

     a.  We was very happy to see them again.
     b.  We were very happy to see them again.
2.  Choose the correct sentence.

     a.  She like eating sushi.
     b.  She likes eating sushi.
3.  Choose the correct sentence.

     a.  They are really interested in studying English grammar.
     b.  They is really interested in studying English grammar.
4.  Choose the correct sentence.

     a.  The people who live in the blue house are having a really noisy party.
     b.  The people who live in the blue house is having a really noisy party.
5.  Choose the correct sentence.

     a.  Her friends and John is going on vacation this weekend.
     b.  Her friends and John are going on vacation this weekend.
6.  Choose the correct sentence.

     a.  Talking to friends is useful when you have a personal problem.
     b.  Talking to friends are useful when you have a personal problem.
7.  Choose the correct sentence.

     a.  Most of my luggage is red.
     b.  Most of my luggage are red.
8.  Choose the correct sentence.

     a.  I has been planning to go to Japan for a long time.
     b.  I have been planning to go to Japan for a long time.
9.  Choose the correct sentence.

     a.  Everyone who came to the party is important to me.
     b.  Everyone who came to the party are important to me.
10.  Choose the correct sentence.

     a.  They were very angry when they heard about the pay cut.
     b.  They was very angry when they heard about the pay cut.
Additional Lessons
About These Lessons

The following classroom lessons are great for students who want additional conversation, listening, and reading practice. Please post a comment at the bottom of this page in the Facebook Comments window with your thoughts about these lessons.
  • Conversation Lesson - Beginner Level. Let's Learn English conversation lesson with a conversation video, a video script, audio listening practice, video speaking practice, video pronunciation practice, a new words section, and a writing activity.
Conversation Lesson 22 - Next Summer...
(Beginner - Conversation, Listening, Reading)

In this lesson Anna and her producer, Amelia, are planning the new children's show. Anna has lots of ideas for the show. Will Amelia like them and work well with Anna?
Lesson Video

Watch the video and then do the activities on this page.
Video Script

Anna: Washington, D.C. has four seasons: winter, spring, summer and autumn or fall. My favorite season is summer because of summer vacation!Hey, that will be a great subject for my new work assignment -- the children’s show. I can teach what families in the U.S. do during summer vacation.Today, I’m planning the show with Amelia. This is the first time we are working together. I hope we can work well together. Hi, Amelia!
Amelia: Hi, Anna! So, what are we going to talk about on the first show?
Anna: I want to talk about summer vacation.
Amelia: That will be fun! Are you going on vacation this summer?
Anna: No. This summer I am too busy.
Amelia: That’s too bad.
Anna: It’s okay. I can go on vacation next summer. This show will be a lot of fun too!
Amelia: So, Anna, what’s the plan for the show?
Anna: First, we’re going to introduce the subject. Then we can show pictures and video.
Amelia: We can show tons of video!
Anna: Right! We can interview children and have guests, too.
Amelia: Kids can ask us questions.
Anna: Great idea! Finally, we can read the questions and tell them where to learn more.
Amelia: Okay, let’s try it!
Anna: Let’s do it!
Anna: Hi there! And welcome to … Amelia, we don’t have a name for the show.
Amelia: We’ll think of a name later. For now, we'll call it “The Show.”
Anna: Great. Hi there! And welcome to “The Show.”
Anna: Today we are going to take you on a summer vacation! You will see popular things to do on vacation!
Anna: One is camping. When you go camping, you cook, sleep and play outdoors!
Amelia: When I go camping, Anna, I like to go hiking and fishing.
Anna: Me, too. Those are fun things to do when you go camping!
Anna: These people are hiking.
Amelia: Okay, let’s talk about the next vacation.
Anna: Another popular summer vacation is going to an amusement park. At an amusement park, you go on rides and eat lots of fun food!
Amelia: I love cotton candy … !
Anna & Amelia: and rollercoasters!
Amelia: This show is going to be a lot of fun.
Anna: I know!
Anna: This is riding a rollercoaster!
Amelia: Whoooo! What is the last vacation?
Anna: One of the most popular vacations is … going to the beach!
Anna & Amelia: I love the beach!
Anna: When I see that blue ocean, I want to leave Washington, D.C. immediately and go to the beach!
Anna: Maybe next summer.
Amelia: But right now, it’s time to work!
Anna: Right. Until next time ...

Now practice listening to only the audio portion of the conversation.

Learn to pronounce the new words for this lesson and how to talk about your favorite season and vacation activities.

Use this video to learn how to do shadowing, or repeating soon after you hear a native speaker.
New Words
  • amusement park - n. a place that has many games and rides (such as roller coasters and merry-go-rounds) for entertainment
  • beach - n. an area covered with sand or small rocks that is next to an ocean or lake
  • camping - n. the activity of sleeping outdoors in a tent usually for enjoyment
  • cotton candy - n. candy made from sugar that is boiled, spun into a soft material using a special machine, and then wound around a stick
  • fishing - n. the sport or business of catching fish
  • guest - n. a usually well-known person who is invited to appear or perform on a program
  • hike - n. to walk a long distance especially for pleasure or exercise
  • immediately - adv. without any delay
  • introduce - v. to speak briefly to an audience about something that is about to begin
  • kid - n. a young person
  • outdoors - adv. outside a building or not inside a building
  • plan - n. a set of actions that have been thought of as a way to do or achieve something
  • plan - v. to think about and arrange the parts or details of (something) before it happens or is made
  • right - adv. in a direct course or manner
  • right now = idiom immediately
  • rollercoaster - n. a ride at an amusement park which is like a small, open train with tracks that are high off the ground and that have sharp curves and steep hills
  • season - n. one of the four periods into which the year is commonly divided
  • subject - n. the person or thing that is being discussed or described
  • swimming - n. the sport or activity of moving through water by moving your arms and legs
  • vacation - n. a period of time that a person spends away from home, school, or business usually in order to relax or travel
The Four Seasons:
  • spring - n. the season when plants and trees begin to grow
  • summer - n. the warmest season of the year
  • autumn - n. the third season of the year, when crops and fruits are gathered and leaves fall
  • winter - n. the coldest season of the year

What is your favorite season? What do you like to do when you go on a vacation? Tell about the next vacation you plan to go on. Write in the Facebook Comments section below. Then practice with a friend. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Conversation Lessons

Study all 52 English conversation lessons. Let's Learn English conversation lessons each with a conversation video, a video script, audio listening practice, video speaking practice, video pronunciation practice, a new words section, and a writing activity. These lessons are for beginners.
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(Beginner - Listening)

Avoid Ineffective Study Methods. An audio lesson to help you study English more effectively. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great English study tips.
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