QT-ESL 67 Irregular Verbs Grp 4A

In this episode we continue our intensive practice with irregular verbs. The verbs are presented in different groups, which makes it easier to memorize and learn them well. First there is a listen and repeat section followed by an exercise where the learner hears short sentences in the simple present and has to put them in the simple past tense.

If students learn these verbs properly and are able to use them, then they will have no difficulty working with the story "Was It Love?", which will present 140+ irregular verbs. Will we, here at QualityTime-ESL meet the challenge of placing all those verbs in one single story? That is the big question.

One last remark: doing this oral work is far more challenging than doing written exercises. QualityTime-ESL Podcasts are intended for hard-working learners who really want to perfect their English.

The script of this episode is offered free of charge in the PDF file and is also found below directly on this page.


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QT-ESL 67 Irregular Verbs Grp 4A

Hi! I’m Marianne Raynaud, and I want to help you improve your level of spoken English. This series of podcasts is designed to help you master English grammar through oral practice. For work on vocabulary and pronunciation go to our other series called “Your English” where among other activities you will find a story in episodes entitled “Was It Love?” that will cover the 140+ irregular verbs that we practice in this series.

With irregular verbs we advise you to study their meanings in your own language and then memorize the infinitive, the simple past and the past participle for each verb. We know this is not easy, but both your comprehension and your speaking skills will improve considerably. To make learning less arduous we have put the irregular verbs in categories.

We’ll start by working on the first set from group 4. Here once again the simple past and past participle are exactly the same. This time they are formed by changing the last consonant to “d” pronounced /d/. Be careful with central vowels that change like “tell” that becomes “told”, “find” that becomes “found”, “hold” that becomes “held” or “stand” that becomes like” stood”. Listen and repeat.

to tell told told
to sell sold sold
to find found found
to grind ground ground
to bind bound bound
to wind wound wound
to stand stood stood
to understand understood understood
to withstand withstood withstood
to hold held held
to withhold withheld withheld

To practice some more we’ll use these verbs in short sentences. I will say two sentences for each verb: one in the simple present and one in the simple past. Listen and repeat.

They tell strange stories.
They told strange stories.
He sells vegetables.
He sold vegetables.
They find new recruits.
They found new recruits.
She grinds the meat.
She ground the meat.
I wind up the clock by hand.
I wound up the clock by hand.
We stand in line.
We stood in line.
He understands the problem.
He understood the problem.
They withstand all opposition.
They withstood all opposition.
She holds the record.
She held the record.
They withhold the truth.
They withheld the truth.

In the next exercise I will say a sentence in the present and you will say the same sentence in the simple past. Listen to the examples.

I say: They tell strange stories.
You say: They told strange stories.

I say: He sells vegetables.
You say: He sold vegetables.

Now you go on in the same way. Be sure to speak before I give the answer. (See the sentences above.)

That’s the end of this episode. The theme was suggested by my colleague Catherine Alhinc, who has made up the different groups. Visit www.qualitytime-esl.com to download the script. You can also go to our other series called “Your English” for a story entitled “Was it Love?” where we are planning to use 140+ irregular verbs. Quite a challenge! Will we manage? That is the question? Follow us to find out. By the way, if you have worked on all the exercises on irregular verbs in this series called “QualityTime-ESL Pdcasts”, you will easily understand the story, which is to be found in our other series “Your English”. Bye for now, and don’t forget to keep smiling.

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