The Verb Page – Verbal Phrases 3

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What did you hear?

I moved to
I am moving to

And at that time
And at this time

the waning years
the waxing years

Do you wax your legs?

the punk era
the rock era
the nineties era
the sixties era

at that time
at this time

there were people living in inner city apartments
there are people living in inner city apartments

a brewery – breweries

What is a brewery?

a factory that makes beer
factories that make beer

Have you ever brewed your own beer?

vats
urns
vessels
large containers
barrels

Link to the Container Page

The stewing vats
The brewing vats

And they had parties
and we have parties

skateboarding is coming along now
skateboarding was also coming on

at the time
at that time

It was a big thing then.
It is a big thing now.

How old are you now?
How old were you then?

IELTS Tip

Remember to write numbers as words when you do the IELTS test.

I was twenty-two then. About twenty-two. I was twenty-two.
I was twenty-three then. About twenty-three. I was twenty-three.
I was twenty-four then. About twenty-four. I was twenty-four.

Which one did you hear?

abandoned schools
abandoned factories

schools that were shut down
hospitals that were shut down
banks that were shut down

If the bankers get paid huge bonuses, how will the failed banks pay their debts?
Will the various national governments force those bankers to pay back their huge bonuses?
Or will they hide behind a tangled web of legal turmoil upheld by the rule of law?
Can lawyers save bankers?
Why does the metaphor of the web seem so meaningful?

And people were living in them
And people are living in them

Past Continuous Tense and Present Continuous Tense

a lot of people were living there
a lot of people are living there


Look at this scale:

absolutely wild
really wild
wild
exciting
ok
tame
quite tame
very tame
extremely tame

Idioms

It was in full swing.
It was in full flower.

Would you like to swing on a star?

(do you know that song?)

about an hour and a half north of San Francisco
about an hour and a half south of San Sebastion

the newspaper from that town
a magazine from that town


Which newspaper do you read?

a lot of people had houses up there
a large number of people had houses up there
a whole lot of people had houses up there
quite a lot of people had houses up there

walking down the street
walking up the street

a lot of people who are living
a lot of people who were living

Where are you living now?

a few people who are living
a few people who were living

Thank you very much.

And you could live cheaply.
And they could could live cheaply.
And I could live cheaply.

Can you live cheaply?

There were like a lot of houses …
There are like a lot of houses ..

if you were squatting
if you are squatting

if you were living in a big Victorian house.
if you are living in a big Victorian house

I was working at a restaurant then.
I am working at a restaurant now

I was going to art school then
I am going to art school now

Everything went downhill in the nineties.
Everything went downhill in the fifties.

What happened?
What is happening?

Contradiction

…San Francisco is not a big city.
San Francisco is a very big city.

Gentrification – past perfect passive

Gentrification is the urban redevelopment of inner city neighborhoods for profit and to kick the poor out.

These areas became gentrified.

it was run down
they ran it down
it had become rundown

New businesses came in.
New businesses started up.

The hippies all moved out and it became very trendy to live there.
The hippies all moved in and it became very trendy to live there.

a lot of people who had made money in the computer industry
a lot of people who had made money in the advertising industry
a lot of people who had made money in the finance and banking industries

commute down to the south Bay.
commute up to San Francisco.

Get a map!

How far is that from San Francisco?
How far is that from Los Angeles?

It is about forty-five minutes
it is about thirty-five minutes
it is about twenty-five minutes

a lot of people would live there
a lot of people will live there
a lot of people can live there
a lot of people could live there

eventually
in the end

they demolished the breweries
they tore down the breweries
they destroyed the breweries

Is there a brewery in your city?

it became scarce
it became plentiful

And real estate prices started going up.
And real estate prices started going down.


Have you ever worked as a real estate agent?

a lot of small internet shops that opened up
a lot of small grocery stores that closed down

none of them were based in San Francisco
a lot of them were based in San Francisco
most of them were based in San Francisco
all of them were based in San Francisco

were highly paid
were well remunerated

The Metaphor of The Web

network
web
web design
internet

Do you know Spiderman?

They were getting six hundred thousand dollars a year
They are getting six hundred thousand dollars a year.

There was a lot of resentment.
There is a lot of resentment

Doctors and lawyers who were making that kind of money
Doctors and lawyers who are making that kind of money

a lifetime
your whole life
your whole lifetime

And that lasted for about six or seven years
and that will last for about six or seven years

There was a housing shortage
There is a housing shortage

Is there a housing shortage in your city?

If there was an apartment to rent people would line up at 6am in the morning to be the first ones to get in.
If there was food for sale, people would line up at 6am in the morning to be the first one. to get it.

for one thousand dollars
for two thousand dollars
for three thousand dollars

and a lot of the musicians
and some of the musicians

Are you a musician?

when there is an economic boom… that happens.
when there is an economic collapse, that happens

The city is doing well.
the city is not doing well
the city is doing poorly

high-paying jobs
low-paying jobs

Rent Control

the landlords
the tenants

strict rent control
no rent control

Does your city have rent control and a rent control board?

In New York they abolished rent control
in New York they got rid of rent control

and landlords were able to charge what they felt like.
and landlords were able to charge whatever they wanted.

Where did people move to?
Where will people move to?

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San Francisco

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3 Responses to “The Verb Page – Verbal Phrases 3”

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  1. H says:

    thanks alot.
    i need someone to speak with. cause the most important thing for improving language is speaking.
    i will be happy if someone join me.

  2. mohamed eltahir says:

    In 1989 when i was child then i was live in small city near the capital calld KH it’s doing well,the my family moveed to, dawn up the capital, there were a lof people up there al thougt houses shortage in that time . my pearent works in the bank that is shut dawn after ecnomice collaps, my perant’s obligete to refrral retirment , i was study in primery school then , the prise is gose up and milk gose up after this era the new business is came in , and ecnomic is boom.my perant’s found hight paid job.

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