The verb “move” is a very common verb. Look at these examples of the verb “move” from real conversations:
“I moved to San Francisco.”
This is a good example of the intransitive (no object) verb “move” in past simple tense.
had moved in
“They said that the real estate prices had plummeted because of so many people who had moved in there.”
This is part of a long sentence with a phrasal verb (to move in) in past perfect tense. It is in past perfect tense to show that “had moved” is an earlier action than “said”.
The order of actions is:
“The hippies all moved out and it became very trendy to live there.”
This is a phrasal verb in the past simple tense. Note that “moved” and “moved out” have basically the same meaning in this sentence. The hippies left. They moved to another place.
moved back home
“They all packed up and moved back home to the mid-west.”
This is a phrasal verb (to move back) in the past simple tense.
“When money moves in, there is always …(a rise in prices).”
This is present simple tense. It is part of a conditional clause. Note that the term “money” refers to “people who have money”. This is an unfinished sentence. Real conversations often contain a very high proportion of unfinished sentences. People get excited and start one thought but do not finish it then decide to say the thought in another way…or they do not finish the thought and then start another one and perhaps do not finish that one either. Does this annoy you? Do you do this sometimes?
where did … move to?
“Where did the people move to?”
This is a past simple WH question.
moved out to
“Some of them moved out to like god knows where.”
This is another way to say “I don’t know where they moved to.”
Now listen to the whole conversation and mark the sentences with “move” as you hear them:
Download audio file (sf1.mp3)
1. I moved to San Francisco.
2. The hippies all moved out and it became very trendy to live there.
3. They all packed up and moved back home to the mid west.
4. When money moves in, there is always…
5. Where did the people move to?
6. Some of them moved ow to like god knows where.
7. because of so many people who had moved in there.
If you want to read a transcript of the whole conversation, you can find it at this link: San Francisco
“And after that I moved to Finland: Helsinki.”
The verb “to move” is in the past simple tense.
decided to move back to
“And after that I decided to move back to Melbourne so I took the trans-Siberian train.”
The phrasal verb “to move back” is in the infinitive form because it is followed by another verb: “decided”.
what…they get to move them from…to…
“I was trying to figure out what signals they get to move them from quiescence to an active state.”
This is a complex technical sentence from the field of science. Let’s break it up:
They get signals.
The signals move them from quiescence (dormancy) to an active state.
I was trying to figure out what signals they get to move them from quiescence to an active state.
The verb “move” has a “to” in front of it. This is the infinitive”. It is the base form of the verb. We use it like this when it follows another verb as in “get to move”.
Note also that the verb is transitive. This means it has a direct object: “them”.
Now hear to the whole conversation and listen for the three sentences with “move”.
Download audio file (medical research.mp3)
1. After that I moved to Finland.
2. After that I decided to move back to Melbourne.
3. what signals they get to move them from………. to ……….
If you have trouble you can read a transcript of the whole conversation at this link: A Career in Medical Research
“(I am in charge of) Pretty much everything that is moving on the rig.”
This time the verb “to move” is in the present continuous tense so it looks like this: “is moving”
Now hear to the whole conversation and listen for the sentence with “move” in it.
Download audio file (drilling.mp3)
1. I am in charge of pretty much everything that is moving on the rig.
If you have trouble you can see the whole transcript at this link: Drilling for Oil and Gas