Welcome To English Reservoir
“English Verbs – The Complete Guide” will teach you everything you need to know about English verbs. Understanding how English verbs function is imperative to learning how to speak English properly. Modern English, as stated on Wikipedia, relies heavily on auxiliary, modal auxiliary verbs, active, and passive verb forms, which make up the foundation or the very building blocks of the English language. Verbs in English form the basis of the entire language, and much more so than other languages. Fortunately, verb conjugation in English is very easy, i.e. I go, you go, he/she/it goes, we go, you go, they go. However, understanding how verbs function in English is another story altogether. That’s why, in this tutorial, we shall bring the verbs to life! We shall endeavour to understand how auxiliary verbs, modal auxiliary verbs, active verbal forms, passive verbal forms, and normal verbs all work. We are going to go deep into the belly of the beast1 and by the end of this course, completely understand how all verbs function in English.
What’s The Method Of This Course?
Explanation – Context – Analysis. That’s the English Reservoir method.
Explanation: here, we start the process. A short, but concise explanation is given, detailing the rule(s) as to how and why we use the newly learned grammar point. In this case, and in this tutorial only, the grammar point will be only verb related because this tutorial is covering English verbs.
Context: this is where the magic begins! The new grammar point is put into practice, that is, dialogue or text with the newly learnt grammar point being abundantly used. There’s no use just reading a rule with examples and then trying to remember it. You need to see it in a real dialogue or context.
Analysis: Within the dialogue or text you will find plenty of superscripts or small numbers (4,7,1,4 etc.). These small numbers will be displayed at the top of some particular words in the dialogue or text that need some clarification. It is here in the “analysis” section where we get down and dirty2 by locating difficult parts of the context, while also solidifying and learning the new grammar point.
Analysis: A Quick Example:
- Go deep into the belly of the beast - an expression generally referring to the act of being right in the middle of something dangerous or troublesome. In our case, it’s English verbs!
- Get down and dirty – to do or say unpleasant things or have a conflict. In our case, we’re going to get down and dirty with English verbs by going deep into the belly of the beast! By the end of this course, we shall have fully learnt all about English verbs. That’s for sure.
Do I Need To Start This Tutorial From The Beginning?
No. You don’t need to treat this tutorial as a novel. Maybe you’re having trouble with the modal auxiliary verb, can or shall. Or, it could be that you’re not so sure how the passive voice works in English. You should feel free to use this tutorial however you desire.
So, What’s The Deal With The Small Numbers (474) Then?
These small numbers (superscripts) are inserted within the “context” section, and then they will be elaborated on further in the “analysis” section. These small numbers are used to outline and elaborate more on difficult points, such as idioms, phrasal verbs, expressions etc., within the context.