Done It versus Got It Done

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When you move up to the pre-intermediate stage in your learning there are some tricky bits of grammar that are very useful to learn. One of the main pre-intermediate obstacles is the confusion between ‘you have done it’ and ‘you have got it done/you have had it done’.

Here’s how they work.

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Video: Know Your Word Families

Vocabulary

A lot of students have problems using the correct form of the word they need when they are speaking. Here are some examples of how to use the words ‘safe’, ‘safely’ and ‘safety’.

As a bit of homework, you could write a sentence using each word. Leave them in the comments and I’ll check your work later.

You may also want to read this post about word families.

Talk About Decisions

I decided to study English.

It is useful to be able to talk about decisions that you or other people have made. It causes difficulty for some people but really it is straightforward. In today’s post I’ll help you talk about decisions.

The Patterns

The patterns are

  1. (SUBJECT) (VERB) (PREPOSITION) (OBJECT)

  2. (SUBJECT) (VERB) (INTERROGATIVE) (INFINITE VERB) [MAYBE A PREPOSITION] [MAYBE OBJECT]

  3. (SUBJECT) (VERB) (INTERROGATIVE) (OBJECT) (‘BE’ VERB) (CONTINUOUS VERB) [MAYBE A PREPOSITION] [MAYBE OBJECT]

  4. (SUBJECT) (VERB) (INFINITIVE VERB) [MAYBE A PREPOSITION] [MAYBE OBJECT]

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