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British English accent training lesson 25: common verbs

 

In this lesson I discuss the British English accent, pronunciation and use of some of the most common English verbs. Please see notes and resources below.

 

 

Auxiliary Verbs
The three most common auxiliary verbs are: do, be, and have.

 

Do

Does

Did

Done

 

Be

Am

Are

Is

Was

Were

Been

 

Have

Has

Had

 

Get used to making a soft “z” sound for the third person singular verb conjugations (ending in “s”).

 

Love

Loves

Loved

 

Like

Likes

Liked

 

Read

Reads

Read (different pronunciation)

 

Speak

Speaks

Spoke

Spoken

 

Write

Writes

Wrote

Written

 

Bring

Brings

Brought

 

Buy

Buys

Bought

 

Go

Goes

Went

Gone

 

Get

Gets

Got

 

Modal Verbs
All the auxiliary verbs except be, do and have are called modals. Unlike other auxiliary verbs modals only exist in their helping form; they cannot act alone as the main verb in a sentence. Be, do, and have also differ from the other auxiliaries in that they can also serve as ordinary verbs in a given sentence. We use them to show obligation, possibility and necessity.
The modal verbs are:
Can

Could

May

Might

Will

Would

Shall

Should

Sound more polite – examples

“Can / could you open the window, please?”

“Would you like to go out with me?”

“Would you like to give me your email address?”

“May I have a glass of water, please?”

“Do you want to do it, or shall I?”

“Do you want to do it, or should I?”

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