Verb Machine

 

You can make any English tense or verb form by clicking four buttons. Don't believe us? Have a go!

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hello,
i have also not very well in english grammer..but I am trying this ..and I am definetly sucessed in this.
be positive..always.

Great game ! a bit slow perhaps, but very good for verbal form review.

Thank you

hi
I came here in search of a good website to recommend to English learners.
I am pleased to say this one I highly recommend. But I have just one small problem with it. The English at times although grammatically correct, does not show how to say certain things in a manner that would be spoken by native English speakers in everyday use. It does at times produced some grammatically correct sentences, that are "tongue twisters" and may need to be explained in more depth to ESOL students. For example the verb machine came up with this or something similar, the screen change when I clicked on make a comment.

PRESENT - --- perfect tense. verb help
"He had been being helped --- by the charity -- --"
In normal everyday speech you would probably hear it like this
"he has been receiving help from the charity for some time now"
"he has been getting help from the charity since last year"
the past and the present and the future containing would be implied in this natural speech,
without producing tongue twisters or sentences that, are very difficult for foreign language students to understand correctly.
I think it would be helpful to include some more natural and colloquial sentences for learners to see.
Instead of only using the grammatically correct; but not always the usual way of constructing a sentence.

For example you could expand the learners vocabulary by giving alternative sentences, that contain new words.

for example "He has been receiving help from the charity for some time"
In everyday speech native English speakers would take this to mean
"he is still receiving help and was receiving it in the past"
To say he is no longer getting help everyday English would be something like this
"He has been receiving help from the charity, until it stopped last week"

I look forward to your comments.

Hi engyjohn,

Thanks for your feedback. The purpose of the Verb Machine is more for learners to be able to play around with different verb forms - it's not intended as a means to produce natural-sounding sentences. For that, I'd suggest you and your students take a look at the materials in our Listen & Watch section, where our users have access to hundreds, if not thousands, of hours of spoken English. The Elementary Podcasts, Big City Small World and Word on the Street would be much more useful for what I think you're talking about.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

I can't reach the machine, I didn't find any active link to click on...

Hello Yazz89,

The red, blue and purple buttons along the bottom are buttons to start the game, and the ? in the middle is a button to see the instructions. If those don't work for you, please let us know. The game is made with Flash, so you might also want to try updating your Flash player.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi
I am not able to play this game too.
No link to direct me to game.
I was trying on my android handheld.pl help.

Hi Seema,

My answer to your similar question on another page explains what I think you need to do to be able to play the game.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello! I don't speak English very well too.... But I really hope to improve it in the future with this great site. Bye

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