The Verb Page – verbal phrases 2

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I have just finished my lunch.
I just finished my lunch.
I just ate.

Which one did you hear?

I have had a delicious piece of quiche.
I had a delicious piece of quiche.

Are you a quiche eater?

I had quiche and salad.
I have had quiche and salad.

I like quiche. It is a kind of bacon and egg or vegetable and egg pie.

a nice glass of red wine
a nice glass of grape juice

Does your religious practice allow you to take alcohol?

I don’t feel like coffee.
I didn’t feel like coffee

Do you feel like a coffee?

I am going to go outside and go for a walk.
I was going to go outside and go for a walk.

Would you like to come?

Thanks for the meal.
Thanks for everything.
Thanks for just being.

Showing gratitude is important.

That was delicious.
That is delicious.

I am going to get a newspaper.
I was going to get a newspaper.

This is future “going to” tense.

Excuse me.
Pardon me.

Which one is more American?

Can I help you?
May I help you?

Which one is more formal?

Would you know by any chance where I could buy a newspaper?
Do you know where I can buy a newspaper by any chance?

How do you get your news? Will you write for us at the English Conversations News Service?

I will give you directions.
I was going to give you directions.

It is a little bit complicated.
It was a little bit complicated.

If you follow my hand …
If you follow the road …
if you follow your nose …
if you follow your heart …

This is silly, isn’t it?

You go straight along this road as far as you can until you come to a palm tree.
He went straight along this road as far as he could until he came to a palm tree

Do you get lost easily?

I like palm trees.
Like several palm trees.

A coconut tree is a type of palm tree.

As soon as you pass the coconut trees, turn to your left and go straight until you come to a very big traditional house.

As soon as you pass the coconut trees, turn to your right and go straight until you come to a very big traditional house.

A brightly-lit little cottage.
A dark wooden house.

Do you live in a house or an apartment building or … ?

And then you turn left and immediately right …
And then he turned left and then immediately right …

Are you left-handed?

and then you follow the island…around…

Do you live on an island?

To get a newspaper.
To buy a newspaper.

Do you still read newspapers?

Isn’t there somewhere in the city where I can get a newspaper?
Is there not somewhere in town where I can get a paper?

Are there still news stands or newspaper shops in your city?
Are they becoming less common?

It is not as difficult as it seems.
It was not as difficult as it seemed.

There is one just over there.
There was one just over there.

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Links to More Lessons on More Pages

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Routine and Habit – The Routine Page

Verbs in Context in Many Tenses with Audio

Philosophy of Grammar and the Idea of Verbs as Actions

Verbs and Tenses – The Tense Page


Present Participle or Gerund or “ing” Form

Verbal Phrases 1 (with Audio)

Verbal Phrases 2 (with Audio)

Verbal Phrases 3 (with Audio)

Verbal phrases 4 (with Audio)
Verbal Phrases 5 (with Audio)

Verbal Phrases 6 (with Audio)

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