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1. Have a nice holiday! ___ yourself! 2. Can you ___ this rule ___ me? 3. I have been ___ you for 20 minutes already. 4. Everybody ____ me ___ the accident. 5. My salary is not enough to ____. 6. She ____ very bad headaches. 7. Before you go into the house, I must ____ you ___ the dog. 8. Donít ___ the knife ___ me. Itís dangerous. 9. When I finished my meal, I ____ the waiter ____ the bill. 10. Police are ____ the man who escaped from prison.
EXERCISE 3. Use your own ideas to complete these sentences. Use a preposition.
1. I spend quite a lot of money _____.
2. Daveís got his birthday today. I am going to congratulate ______.
3. His parents donít approve ______.
4. Sue accused me ______.
5. We complained ______.
6. Heís very selfish. He doesnít care ______.
Prepositions and Prepositional Adverbs as Idioms
EXERCISE 4. Study the examples and compose your own sentences with the prepositional phrases.
She turned this place inside out looking for her keys.
Up and out
Why are you still sleeping? Youíll be late. Up and out of bed now.
On and on
That record plays on and on. I wish they would change it.
In and out
We wonít stay long at the party; just a quick in and out.
To and fro
The dog ran to and fro across the lawn.
For and against
Give me the arguments for and against this case.
Down and out
Nobody loves you when you havenít got any money and youíre down and out.
I dropped my keys in the sand Ďround about here somewhere, but I donít know exactly where.
THE VERB Ė Present Forms: Level B
permanent situations or states
She works as a nurse.He owns a large shop.
They are staying at the Park Hotel at present.
recently completed actions
She has tided her room (She has finished tiding her room You can see it is tidy now Ė evidence in the present)
actions started in the past and continuing up to the present
Heís been writing a letter for two hours. (He started two hours ago and heís still writing it.)
repeated / habitual actions (especially with frequency adverbs: often, usually, etc)
I usually get up at 7.30.
actions happening at or around the moment of speaking
She is looking for a better job
actions which happened at an unstated past time and are connected with the present
He has lost his keys. (He is still looking for them)
past action of certain duration having visible results or effects in the present
Sheís been crying. (Her eyes are red.)
permanent truths or laws of nature
Money doesnít buy happiness.Water freezes at 0įC.
repeated actions with ďalwaysĒ expressing annoyance or criticism
Sheís always interrupting me!
personal experiences/changes which have happened
Iíve lost 10 kilos.
Actions expressing anger, irritation, annoyance, explanations or criticism
Who has been using my toothbrush? (annoyance)
timetables/programmes (future meaning)
The plane leaves at 6.10.
fixed arrangements in the near future
The Browns are visiting us tonight (Itís all arranged.)
emphasis on number
Sheís written three letters since this morning.
Emphasis on duration (usually with for since or how long)
Sheís been calling on clients since this morning.
reviews/sports commentaries/dramatic narrative
Meryl Streep acts brilliantly in this film.
changing or developing situations
His English is getting better
Time expressions used with:
every day/week/month/year, usually, often, always, rarely, never, sometimes, in the morning/evening/afternoon, at night, on Mondays, etc
now, at the moment, at present, nowadays, today, tonight, always, still
just, ever, never, already, yet, always, how long, so far, recently, since, for, today, this week/month, etc
how long, for, since
Note: live, feeland workcan be used either in the Present Perfect or the Present Perfect Continuous with no difference in meaning.
Iíve been leaving / Iíve lived in Rome for a year.
Verbs describing a permanent state (state verbs) do not normally have continuous forms. These are:
(1) verbs of the senses: see, hear, smell, feel, taste etc
(2) verbs of opinion: agree, believe, consider etc
(3) verbs of emotions: feel, forgive, hate, like, love etc
(4) other verbs: appear (=seem), be, belong, fit, have (possess), know, look (appear), need, prefer, require, want, weight, wish etc
The verbs look, watch, listenexpress deliberate actions and can be used in continuous forms.
Some state verbs: see, smell, taste, feel, think, have etc have continuous forms but there is a difference in meaning.
I think she is rich.
Iím thinking about your plan.
The milk tastes awful.
He is tasting the sauce; it might need some salt.
He has a pet dog.
Heís having dinner now.
This cloth feels like velvet.
Sheís feeling her way in the dark.
I see you are in trouble.
Iím seeing my lawyer tonight.
The kitchen smells of burnt meet.
Why are you smelling your food?
He comes from Spain.
Heís coming from Spain.
I love holidays.
Iím loving this holiday.
Your hair looks great.
She is looking at some old photographs.
The baby weighs 5 kilos.
Iím weighing myself on my new scales.
Ann is very tall.
Ann is being very kind to me these days.
Have gone to, have been to, have been in
He has gone to Paris. (= He is there or on his way to Paris)
He has been to Paris once. (= Heís visited Paris once but heís back now.)
He has been in Paris for three months. (= Heís in Paris now.)
In other words:
Iíve never eaten mango before. = Itís the first time Iíve ever eaten.
Iíve never seen such a good film. = Itís the best film Iíve ever seen.