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Modals chart.

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October 26, 2007 at 9:19 am

Separable or inseparable? That’s the question…

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As I told you in class, phrasal verbs can be separable or not, i.e., that the preposition/particle can be separated from the verb and you can place the object (noun) in between (the verb and the particle).



I brought the children up, I brought up the children = separable

On Fridays, I have to look after my nephews (never *I have to look my nephews after*) = inseparable

Unfortunately, and once again, there are no rules/indicators whether a phrasal verb and its particle are separable or inseparable. It basically depends on the strength of their relationship…yep, bad joke. Nevermind. I found this site with a partial list of separable and inseparable phrasal verbs (please: no rote learning, just practise).

Written by ElenaBen

October 25, 2007 at 6:35 pm

A Dictionary of English Phrasal Verbs

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with more than 2,500 phrasal verbs used in everyday English. If you’re up for putting your knowledge to test, try taking the phrasal verb quizzes

Written by ElenaBen

October 18, 2007 at 6:46 pm

When it comes to ‘looking up’ Phrasal Verbs…

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Take a look at the following text in which you’ll find lots of combinations with the phrasal verb “to look”.

Written by ElenaBen

October 18, 2007 at 6:36 pm

Preps: time, place…

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Prepositions of time and place sums up what you need to know about prepositions.

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October 4, 2007 at 9:21 pm

Should I count on this? Countable or not.

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Practice here.

Written by ElenaBen

October 4, 2007 at 9:05 pm

A, an or the or nothing or what?…

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This is the theory.

And now put it into practice at the Online Writing Lab.

    Written by ElenaBen

    October 4, 2007 at 9:01 pm

    Posted in Articles, Paper 3: Use of English

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    Mansion Ingles

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    This site contains lots of resources for you, not only to pass the FCE but also to learn and practise general English skills. If you go to this site, click on the Grammar link and browse each grammatical category to get further explanation and activities. If you go here and scroll down, you’ll get more practice on the FCE parts and a list of common grammar errors.

    (For Spanish-speaking students)

    Home site is: www.mansioningles.com

    Written by ElenaBen

    October 4, 2007 at 11:56 am

    Tests tests and more tests

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    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you practise with the papers here.

    Written by ElenaBen

    October 4, 2007 at 11:46 am

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    Learn how to learn

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    Download and take a look at these learning techniques for different learning skills (from Longman).

    Improving Learning Techniques

    Written by ElenaBen

    October 4, 2007 at 11:40 am

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