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Passive Voice

 

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Insider Note #8 of 10:

If you want to express transitioning into whatever situation the passive noun is in (as opposed to the state of simply being in that situation), use 'get' or 'become' instead of 'be' in front of the main verb.

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Past Basic

 
 
 
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Insider Note #2 of 4:

The one blue word rule applies to each verb phrase.  If you have multiple phrases or multiple clauses, you'll need to apply the rule to all the verb phrases.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Verb Patterns: after certain verbs

 
 
 
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Relative Clauses

 
 
 
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Insider Note #2 of 8:

Defining clauses are relative clauses that give essential information to their connected main clause(s), which wouldn't make much sense without the relative clauses.  With defining clauses, we don't use commas.  Also, we can use 'that' to replace any of the relative pronouns.

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Present Perfect

 
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Insider Note #6 of 7:

We use Past Simple for more specifics than just when.  It can be used to ask and answer questions like "how was it?", "who did you go with?", "why did you do it?".  Another way to think about it is that you'd use Present Perfect at the introduction of this topic within a conversation, but any details that you go into after the introduction should probably be Past Simple.

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All Conditionals

 
 
 
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Insider Note #7 of 13:

Would  is rarely used in 1st Conditionals.  It is, in many cases, the past form of will, so it usually doesn't make sense to use would for future meaning.  But for unreal situations in the future, we could use other modals like shouldcould, or might.

 
 
 

 
 
 

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Reported Speech

 
 
 
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Insider Note #3 of 7:

The only reporting verb we use in this video is 'said', but there are plenty of others, include 'asked' and 'told', just to name a couple.  Many of those other reporting verbs have slightly different rules, so we'll go over them in a separate video.

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