English grammar - how to make and use stative verbs

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Giles Parker

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English grammar -  in this complete interactive online English course we’re going to learn about stative verbs, and in particular, how that famous burger chain, McDonalds shows us that English grammar rules can change. This lesson is aimed at intermediate learners but anyone can learn something new from the interactive vocabulary lesson or the online grammar lesson, or just improve your English listening and reading comprehension and pronunciation.

This course focuses on how to make and use stative verbs. A stative verb is a verb that doesn’t talk about an action or something that you do. Instead, stative verbs talk about a state, or a way of being, maybe something more internal, something inside you, but not an action. Stative verbs talk about emotions, appearances, preferences, mental states, possessions, and measurements. Grammatically, you can’t usually make a stative verb like ‘to love’ into the continuous or progressive by adding ‘to be’ and ‘ing’. For most native speakers, that usually sounds very strange. Some people say it just isn’t correct.

McDonalds is showing us that grammar rules change and that in this case we can use a stative verb with ‘to be’ and ‘ing’. This doesn’t make it active, like you are really doing it, but perhaps it gives a sense of action to an emotion, or a preference, etc. This makes the internal state more immediate, more ‘now’. Perhaps McDonalds is using old words in new ways to give new meanings. I wonder what other companies help change language? Maybe I should google that.

Course content

  • Welcome to the course

  • Practice your reading and listening - 'McLanguage change'

  • Test your comprehension

  • Grammar lesson - how to make and use stative verbs

  • Test your grammar skills

  • Learn new vocabulary

  • Test your vocabulary knowledge

  • Game - Fishing for nouns

  • Game - Adjectives Trivia

  • Game - Grammar Speed Way

  • Game - Verbs Millionaire

  • Game - Nouns Board game

  • End of course feedback

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