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501 English Verbs: Fully Conjugated in All the Tenses in a New Easy-to-Learn Format, Alphabetically Arranged (Barrons Educational Series) [Paperback]

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26 May 2000 0764103040 978-0764103049

ESL students quickly discover that knowing the meanings of commonly used verbs--then learning how to use them in all their many tenses and forms--is a vital part of becoming fluent in the new language. This brand-new edition of Barron's 501 English Verbs now comes with a bonus CD-ROM that offers helpful practice exercises in verb conjugation and a concise grammar review. The book presents the most common regular and irregular English verbs alphabetically arranged in table form, one verb per page, and completely conjugated in all tenses. The book also reviews rules of grammar applicable to verb usage, provides a bilingual list of hundreds more regular verbs, and offers tips on idiomatic verb usage. Tinted page-edge tabs offer language students quick alphabetical reference.

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  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series Inc.,U.S. (26 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764103040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764103049
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Why a book on English verbs and why these 501?
For everything you do, or want to be or how you feel, you need a verb. A verb can indicate an action ( I write, she buys, they talk) or a state of being (we feel, you care). The verb is an essential element of EnglishÑonly the nouns occur more frequently in the spoken and written language. Structurally the verb is one of the easiest parts of speech, since there really are only four or five different forms. Native speakers of English rarely think about verbs. In actual practice, however, verbs are misused and abused by native speaker and learners of English alike. The English verb has confounded generations worrying whether to use ÒlieÓ or Òlay,Ó ÒgoneÓ or Òwent,Ó ÒshallÓ or Òwill.Ó For those learning English the verb can be one of the most complex of forms with over 300 irregular verbs and 200 possible combinations for all the possible verbal usages. It is the disparity between this paucity of verbal endings and the numerous and flexible uses of English verbs that has given birth to 501 English Verbs. Where did these 501 English Verbs come from? A pioneer in attempting to list all the forms of English irregular verbs was Vincent F. Hopper whose list of 123 irregular verbs, English Verb Conjugations (BarronÕs: 1975) was both an inspiration and a starting point for the five hundred one verbs here. I have attempted to determine all of the irregular verbs in English. Most sources refer to over two hundred. Dictionaries, grammars, handbooks provided a list of almost three hundredÑalthough that included several compounds of the type Òreread,Ó Òunderwrite,Ó etc. I consulted word frequency lists for the spoken language by Hartvig Dahl, Word Frequencies of Spoken American English (1979), who notes Òthat only 848 words account for 90% of spoken usage.Ó ( p. vii). I have included all verbs found in first 1000 words of the spoken sample. Similarly I have included verbs in the first two thousand of written speech as determined by the Brown corpus in W. Nelson Francis and Henry Kucera, Frequency Analysis of English Usage (1982). At the final stage I carefully compared the list to the entire body of the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (Third Edition, 1992) to seek out forms that might cause difficulty for learners and native speakers alike. For all of the entries I have compared the American Heritage entry to those of the Oxford Modern English Dictionary (Second Edition, 1996), Merriam WebsterÕs Collegiate Dictionary (Tenth Edition, 1993), and WebsterÕs New World Dictionary (Third Edition,1990). In the course of my work it became clear that there are several accepted forms and some disagreements. This is as it should be. English has resisted most efforts to prescribe the ÒcorrectÓ usage. As a living language spoken natively by hundreds of millions living in the United States, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, it is also spoken by hundreds of millions who learn English in addition to their native languages. I have relied on two of the most recent grammars in English for guidance: Randolf Quirk, Sidney Greenbaum et alii., A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (1985) and Sidney Greenbaum, The Oxford English Grammar (1996). I have also consulted Kenneth G. Wilson, The Columbia Guide to Standard American English (1993). My purpose has been to describe what can and may occur. I make no claim that each and every form of the verbs presented here have or will actually occur in speech or writing. They are all potential forms, and even when one must invent situations or figurative usages, they are here for your information. I have also become convinced of how complex the entire verbal system is, and how much work is required by native speakers and learners alike to master all the forms. 501 English Verbs is itself a pioneering attempt and I look forward to your comments and suggestions for the next edition. Thomas R. Beyer, Jr. Middlebury College Middlebury, Vermont U.S.A.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not terribly impressed 8 Mar 2010
By Expat
As an aid in teaching English as a foreign language, I find this book of limited use. Ignoring the fact that it is American (and to be fair the author does acknowledge differences between English English and American English) there are plenty of examples of barely used forms (e.g. I, he, she, it,we, you they did get gambled) while the book completely ignores the future tense using "going to". I wouldn't feel I could give the book to a student and expect them to make any sense of it. The introduction and explanations are useful, but as a list of verb tenses I feel it is not nearly as good as it might be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for French speakers too! 17 Jun 2009
I bought this for a French speaker trying to thread their way through English grammar. They thought that it was great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great price, easy to use and fast delivery 6 Oct 2013
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I love it , it is easy to use, with a cd to practice I will recommended it to my friends that are studying English Language
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1.0 out of 5 stars Needlessly complicated and filled with fluff 20 Feb 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I purchased this book to review for our language school's ESL program. Though it is a useful tool in presenting all of the complexities of the English verb, as a practical tool for ESL students I cannot recommend it. It is needlessly complicated in its format. The book contains unusual and infrequent English verbs, such as "to cleave", "to yes" or "to be hemmed." It even provides two conjugations for "to hide," one meaning to conceal and one meaning to beat. However, this difference is noted only at the bottom of the page. These sorts of verbs permeate this book. It seems that English has plenty of high frequency verbs that make inclusion of so many bizarre and passive voice verbs unnecessary. This book bears little resemblance to its excellent cousins in the series: 501 French or Spanish verbs.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Incorrect Grammar 19 Dec 2005
By L. Platt - Published on Amazon.com
My friend bought this book to help teach English and not only has it got some very strange verb formations in it, but ones that are totally wrong! We're surprised it has made it into the shops in fact. For example, it contains the verb 'to stink' and as one of its formations lists 'to be stunk'. We are both English and we have never heard of this, so it's misleading to someone learning English. There is even 'I am deep frozen'! This seems unnecessary, as it would surely never be said? It is thorough, but unfortunately much of it is wrong and would teach a foreign person to speak very odd English.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 501 English verbs 17 May 2000
By Allen Norris - Published on Amazon.com
I learned French and Spanish using their equivalent... 501 French and 501 Spanish verbs....and now I buy this book and give it to new learners of English when I teach them. Gaining a command of English, or any language, depends first upon your mastery of the verbs as presented in such a book. Sure, no more information is conveyed about the structure of the various forms than could be conveyed with 50 verbs, but it is handly to have the extra verbs defined in a single reference.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference for new English speakers 26 July 2005
By Adam Rosenbaum - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book for my wife when she moved to the United States in the mid 1990s, and it quickly became a very useful reference for her in her ESL classes, and for me when I helped her with her assignments.

Like the other books in the 501 series, every verb in the language cannot possibly be included small reference, but there are enough examples of common irregular verbs to cover most conjugation scenarios. In addition, the 501 verbs selected go a long way in terms of the vocabulary of day-to-day reading, writing, and speaking.

The layout of each page is the same throughout the book, so you know exactly where to look for the conjugation of a specific tense. In addition, editors have made good use of white space so the content is easy on the eyes.

I strongly recommend this book as a reference guide to anyone who is learning English, whether you're in school or trying to pick up the language on your own.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic resources for teachers of Spanish 20 July 2001
By Phyllis J. Salsedo - Published on Amazon.com
Having been a bilingual or Spanish teacher for the past twenty plus years, at times I have needed a book just like this one! Unfortunately, a year ago, it was lost! I loved the book. Any time I quickly needed to check a conjugation or was playing a game and wanted to know the exact conjugation for my students, I found it in this text! It is definitely a *5* star resource for teachers!
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