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Practice on learning the skeleton of verbs and their meanings

1 February 2016

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Practice on learning the skeleton of verbs and their meanings:

Try to listen to your teacher in the classroom.

Get ready to work, that is, take your ball pen and paper to make some notes.

Have a seat next to the blackboard if possible.

You are supposed to have a copy of a list of verbs to learn (notebook, handouts, Aula Virtual {@moodle}).

Remember to do these 3 things to improve your English

use a dictionary, look up for the meaning of words and read texts.

One thing you must do to learn verbs is writing them on a paper as many times as you need to memorize them. If you always use the same verbs (to look, to drink, to like, to go), you will never learn anything. Be brave enough to write and speak English in the classroom using new verbs and new vocabulary.

Firstly, check if the verb you take is LEXICAL or AUXILIARY because auxiliary verbs work in a singular way. For instance:

Can could: poder (auxiliary verb)

We cannot put an –s- in the 3rd person singular for the present simple tense:

John´s sister cans type

But we can write and say this:

John´s sister can type (la hermana de John sabe/puede escribir a máquina)

Also, for the negative and interrogative forms we make changes in the elements of the sentence like these:

Winston cannot speak French in school / Can you help me?

Nevertheless, if we work with lexical verbs, we use do/does to make sentences negative or interrogative and an –s- in the third person singular for the present simple tense.


She feels sick every weekend. Strange, isn´t it?

What do you mean? (¿qué quieres decir?)

To learn verbs and vocabulary one must study, revise, copy the words a lot of times, read plenty of texts, listen to radio podcasts, etcetera.

A good student makes up sentences including the verbs he wants to learn by heart.


Follow her. She is an excellent teacher.

Do you believe him? He is a liar.

Push the door!

Look there! The boy is hiding his cell phone!

I don´t understand what you said

You will remember that woman in red
Why did you buy that pair of shoes?

How does your uncle feel about that?


to buy bought bought: comprar

to feel felt felt: sentir

to mean meant meant: significar, querer decir

to say said said: decir

to take took taken: coger, tomar


to ask asked asked: preguntar

to believe believed believed: creer

to follow followed followed: seguir

to practise practised practised: practicar

to push pushed pushed: empujar


to be was/were been: ser, estar

can could: poder

to do did done: hacer

may might: poder

will would: querer


to forbid forbade forbidden: prohibir

to hide hid hidden: esconder

to leave left left: irse, abandonar

to quit quit quit:abandonar



skeleton of a verb.enunciado de un verbo (infinitive, past and past participle form)



by memoria

to learn.aprender

memorize / learn by heart.aprender de memoria

like these.como estos

plenty of.muchos, un montón de

make up.inventar


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