How To Use Go & Come + And + Verb – English Grammar Lesson

How To Use Go & Come + And + Verb - English Grammar Lesson

I invited him to stay and have a cup of coffee.

I’ve been thinking about buying a new computer, so after work today I think I’ll go and see what they have at the electronic shop near my office. My friend Yalcin came and visited me this morning and said the shop was having a sale. Yalcin lives in Turkey, but he’s visiting New York this week. When he came this morning, I invited him to stay and have a cup of coffee. We had a fun time catching up with each other.

For today’s free English lesson, I’m going to show you how we connect verbs like go, come, and stay with other verbs using and. Have a look at the paragraph above once more and then check the lesson.

We use verbs that show movement (like go, come, and stay) followed by and verb in informal English. The basic pattern is verb 1 + and + verb 2. Verb 1 is the verb of movement, and verb 2 is another verb which generally shows the reason or purpose of the movement. The connecting word and has the meaning of in order to. For example, go and see means to go somewhere in order to see something:

  • I think I’ll go and see what they have at the electronic shop.
  • My friend Yalcin always comes and visits me when he is in New York.
  • I invited him to stay and have a cup of coffee.

It’s also possible to use the past or future forms of the verbs:

  • Jane stayed and took care of me when I was sick.
  • He came and visited me this morning.
  • I’m going and seeing what they have on sale at the store.

In American English, we usually omit and when we use come and go:

  • I think I’ll go see what they have at the electronic shop.
  • Why don’t you come visit me when you are in New York?
  • I’m going to go buy coffee after work.

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How To Use “Depend” – English Vocabulary Lesson

Depend is an interesting verb in English because it has two very different meanings and uses. For today’s free English Lesson, I’m going to show you some different ways to use this English verb.

First, depend means to rely on someone or something. Depend with this meaning always needs the preposition on (depend on), and an object:

  • I depend on my students to do their homework J
  • Children depend on their parents for food, shelter, and love.
  • The museum depends on donations to continue operating.
  • We depend heavily on the internet and technology these days.

Depend also means do be controlled or determined by something. You can use depend this way with the preposition on (depend on), and an object or without an object, but the object should be explained in the conversation:

  • Do I like spicy food? Well it depends. If the spice is not too extreme I can eat it.
  • I want to go to the beach tomorrow but it depends on the weather.
  • Jack said he wants to get a new car, but it really depends on the price.
  • I’ll can pick you up at the station, but it depends on the time.

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How To Use Do – English Grammar Lesson

How To Use Do – English Grammar Lesson

Do you like to study English, or do you have to learn English for school, and exam, or work? You can do a lot of things when you know a second language, and English is one of the most widely spoken languages these days. Contrary to what you may think, I do like to study languages too. I find it interesting how people communicate, and I think learning a new culture through language is interesting. Don’t you?

For today’s free English Lesson, I’m going to show you some different ways to use the verb do. Have a look at the paragraph above once more and then check the lesson.

The word do in English is an auxiliary verb. We also call it a helping verb, because it helps the main verb of the sentence. We use do to form the negative form of ordinary (non-auxiliary) verbs. The negative form is do + not + verb. Of course we generally use the contracted form of do not, which is don’t. The contracted form of does not is doesn’t:

  • I like pizza, but I really do not like pasta (or) …I really don’t like pasta
  • We live in New York. Our cousin does not live very close to us (or) … doesn’t live very close to us.
  • I do not watch a lot of TV because I work until 10pm (or) I don’t watch

Be careful! We do not use do to form the negative of other auxiliary verbs:

  • “I can not play tennis” is ok, but “I do not can play tennis” is not correct.
  • “I may not go to the party” is ok, but “I don’t may go to the party” is not correct.

We also use do when we form yes/no questions. The grammar is do + subject + verb:

  • Do you like pizza?
  • Does Jack have an extra tennis racket?
  • Did they meet you at the mall?

Do also has a non-auxiliary use, and there are a lot of collocations with do, especially with some sports. Some examples of collocations are do the dishes (wash the dishes) do laundry (wash dirty clothes) and do homework.

  • Lori does yoga on Sundays.
  • Akira did kendo in high school.
  • Jen cooks, and Joe always does the dishes.
  • Make sure you do your homework before watching TV.

It is also possible to use the auxiliary verb do with the non-auxiliary verb do:

  • Tom didn’t do his homework and the teacher got angry.
  • Did you do anything fun last weekend?
  • Don’t do that!

We also use do to replace a verb that was just used:

  • I washed the car today. I do it once a month.
  • I always exercise in the morning, but today I did it after lunch.
  • Jack was singing again in the office. I hate it when he does that.

Lastly, we use do for emphasis before the main verb in a sentence.

  • Wow! You do like pizza. You at five slices!
  • Oh, don’t worry. Jane does like you. She told me so yesterday.
  • I’m sorry, but I do need to go home now. It’s late.

Well, I hope you found this lesson helpful. I do need to go do more homework, so how about writing a few sentences using do in the comment box below? I’ll review them for you!

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