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Do you make these mistakes with verbs?

By 29 August 2018Language Tips

Avoid these mistakes with verbs

Verbs are so important to accurate English

It is important that you use the right combination of verb forms when speaking and writing in English. All verb tenses in English (apart from present simple and past simple) require two verbs to be correct.

  • The continuous tenses (present, past and perfect) need the verb ‘be’ + the -ing form of a verb e.g.

She was walking home from work when she fell.

  • The perfect tenses (present and past) need the verb ‘have/ has/ had’ + the past participle of a verb e.g.

Graham has lost 6kg since admission.

  • The passive (present, past and perfect) needs the verb ‘be’ + the past participle of a verb e.g.

He will be discharged today.

Using an incorrect combination or omitting one of the verbs will not only sound strange to your listener or reader but it will also demonstrate you have poor accuracy in spoken or written English.

If this is something you need more help with, we recommend this book to help you: Grammar Booster for OET Nursing (it’s also useful for other professions)