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#GrammarTrivia: Non-continuous verbs

Just like our days, English verbs are not all the same either. They are usually divided into 3 groups. One of the groups is called non-continuous verbs or stative verbs. Anyone knows any of these verbs?

A stative verb is one that describes a state of being, in contrast to a dynamic verb which describes an action. These verbs are usually the things you cannot see in someone.

Stative verbs include:

  • Abstract verbs, for example to be, to want, to cost, to seem, to need, to care, to contain, to owe, to exist, etc.
  • Possession verbs, like to possess, to own, to belong, etc.
  • Emotion verbs, such as to like, to love, to hate, to dislike, to fear, to envy, to mind, etc.

Stative verbs are rarely used in continuous/progressive tenses.

  • Example:
    • “John knows the answer,” not “John is knowing the answer.”
    • “He wants a drink now,” not “He is wanting a drink now.”

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Compiled and written by @EnglishTips4U for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, 3 February, 2016

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#EngVocab: Phrasal verbs with “take”

Good evening, Fellas! How was your Wednesday? Did you have a good day like I did? Well, I took some tourists from Malta and Malaysia for a walk in Menteng, Jakarta. It was nice!

Tonight, let’s talk about phrasal verbs from the word “take.” A Phrasal verb is a group of words that functions as a verb and is made up of a verb and a preposition, an adverb, or both.

As a verb, “take” has a lot of meanings. Can you mention one of the meanings? Here are several meanings of take:

  1. Remove.
    • Example.
      • “Has anything been taken?”
  2. Move.
    • Example.
      • “Take the book to the library!”
  3. Accept.
    • Example.
      • “Do they take credit cards here?”
  4. Hold.
    • Example:
      • “Take an egg and break it into the bowl.”

And there are several other meanings of “take.”

Now, if you combine “take” with other verb or preposition or adverb, it can mean something else. Do you know any phrasal verbs with “take”?

  1. Take after (somebody). Meaning: have similar appearance or personality (especially a relative).
    • Example:
      • “My sister takes after our dad. They have the same blue eyes and brown hair.”
  2. Take (something) apart. Meaning: separate something into parts.
    • Example:
      • “The mechanic is taking my car apart so he can fix it.”
  3. Take (something) on. Meaning: accept some work or responsibility.
    • Example:
      • “I’ll take the new project on. I still have plenty of free time.”
  4. Take (somebody) up (on something). Meaning: accept an offer or an invitation.
    • Example:
      • “Why don’t you stay at my place? Really? I might take you up on that!”
  5. Take (something) in. Meaning:
    1. receive and understand information.
      • Example:
        • “I couldn’t take in the lecturer’s explanation. He spoke so fast!”
    2. make clothing smaller so that it fits you.
      • Example:
        • “I need to take these jeans in an inch. I’m losing weight.”

Those are 5 among many other phrasal verbs with “take”.

Compiled and written by @faridardian for @EnglishTips4u on Wednesday, October 21, 2015



#EngTrivia : The most common Phrasal Verbs (1)

1. Go on – terus berlanjut | terjadi | perkembangan


  • Cth (1) : He went on and on talking and I was so bored.
  • Arti (1) : Ia terus saja berbicara dan aku bosan.
  • Cth (2) : There are loads of people out in the street. What’s going on?
  • Arti (2) : Di jalanan ada banyak orang. Apakah yang terjadi?
  • Cth (3) : They asked me how the project was going on.
  • Arti (3) : Mereka menanyakan perkembangan proyek itu kepadaku.


2. Carry out – melakukan pekerjaan | membawa pulang makanan


  • Cth (1) : The government is carrying out test on growing genetically modified crops.
  • Arti (1) : Pemerintah sedang melakukan uji untuk menanam tanaman transgenik.
  • Cth (2) : I’m too lazy to cook right now. Let’s get a carry out.
  • Arti (2) : Aku sedang malas memasak. Kita beli makanan di luar untuk dibawa pulang saja yuk.


3. Set up – membentuk/mendirikan sesuatu | menyiapkan peralatan, dll | menjebak | mengatur kencan


  • Cth (1) : They set up a small company focusing on environment.
  • Arti (1) : Mereka mendirikan perusahaan kecil yang berfokus pada lingkungan.
  • Cth (2) : The technician set up the computer network perfectly.
  • Arti (2) : Teknisi itu menyiapkan jaringan komputer dengan baik.
  • Cth (3) : I didn’t kill his wife! He set me up!
  • Arti (3) : Aku tidak membunuh istrinya! Dia menjebakku!
  • Cth (4) : Can you set me up with your best friend? I think she’s really pretty.
  • Arti (4) : Tolong buatkan aku janji kencan dengan sahabatmu dong? Dia cantik sekali.


4. Pick up – mengambil/menjemput| belajar dengan cepat


  • Cth (1) : Can you pick me up at seven tomorrow?
  • Arti (1) : Besok kamu bisa menjemput saya jam tujuh?
  • Cth (2) : While you are in town, can you pick up my dresses from laundry?
  • Arti (2) : Selagi kamu di sini, bisakah kamu mengambil gaun saya dari binatu?
  • Cth (3) : She picked up Chinese in six months!
  • Arti (3) : Ia menguasai bahasa Mandarin hanya dalam waktu enam bulan!


5. Go back – kembali | mengingkari janji


  • Cth (1) : We went back to work after lunch.
  • Arti (1) : Kami kembali bekerja setelah makan siang.
  • Cth (2) : He really hurt my feelings when he went back on his promise and told everyone my secret.
  • Arti (2) : Perasaanku terluka ketika ia mengingkari janjinya dan mengatakan rahasiaku kepada semua orang.


Compiled by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on February 17, 2012.

#BusEng: On the phone verbs

Let’s start from the basic. Masih suka bingung saat menggunakan telepon dalam Bahasa Inggris? Ini beberapa kata kerja/ verb untuk kamu:

  1. Put through. Meaning: sambungkan.
    • Example:
      • Hello, can I speak to Mr. A?
      • I’ll put you through to him.
  2. Connect. Meaning: sambungkan.
    • Example:
      • Hello, can I speak to Mr. A?
      • Please wait, I’ll connect you to him.
  3. Hold (on). Meaning: tunggu.
    • Example:
      • Hello, can I speak to Mr. A, please?
      • Please hold on a moment, Sir.
  4. Call/ring back. Meaning: menelepon kembali.
    • Example:
      • Hi, Liz. This is Ian.
      • Oh. Hi, Ian. Can you call/ ring me back? I’m in a meeting.
  5. Call/ring. Meaning: menelepon.
    • Example:
      • Hi, Liz. Where are you?
      • As soon as I get to the office, I will call/ring you.
  6. Leave a message. Meaning: meninggalkan pesan.
    • Example:
      • Hello, is that Ian?
      • Hello, Ian is not here. Please leave a message.
  7. Return (a call). Meaning: menelepon kembali.
    • Example:
      • Hello, is that Ian?
      • Ian is not here. Leave a message, he’ll return your call.
  8. Got (a message). Meaninng: sudah membaca atau menerima pesan.
    • Example:
      • Hi, Liz. This is Ian.
      • Hi, Ian. I got your message. Thanks.

Alright guys! Don’t forget to practice your vocabulary everyday, every time you have the chance. Good luck!


Written by @EnglishTips4U on Monday, June 20, 2011


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