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Basic Grammar Lesson 8: Verb Phrases


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  • Posted: 06/26/2009

Basic English Grammar Lesson 8: Verb Phrases

"The wind is blowing. Is blowing is a verb of more than one word. A verb of more than one word is called a verb phrase." Braving a howling west coast wind Marie struggles to walk along the high tide line-the surf pounding the rocky shore in the distance behind her- as she breaks down the components of a verb phrase. After the wind has died down she uses a stick to point out examples that teach us about principal verbs and auxiliary verbs, then surprises us with a list of auxiliary verbs written in the sand. Finally she leads us out to the Eagle Rock pond and refines our understanding of verb phrases via a flashback to a recent mishap she suffered while beachcombing for shells.

Workbook exercises and answer key are provided with this lesson.

This lesson is excerpted from the Basic Cozy English Grammar course. The full course was created by and is available from Splashes from the River. You can check out this and other courses from Splashes at

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Marie Rackham
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Marie Sophia Rackham was born in 1934 and raised in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She earned degrees in English and Geography from the University of British Columbia, and spent thirteen years studying piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music.

She worked as a public school teacher for thirty-four years, teaching at all levels from kindergarten to grade twelve; and taught piano and theory privately in her own studio for fourteen years.

Over her many years of teaching language arts, Marie developed her own curriculum for teaching basic grammar and punctuation, which was eventually published through the local Teacher's Resource Center and made available to all the schools in...


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