What on Earth is an ergative verb?
How can I recognize one?
Do I need them?
There are some verbs in English that don’t work in way you might think.
In this podcast, we’ll take a dive into the weird, but useful, world of ergative verbs in English.
These verbs are very handy if in these situations:
- When the subject isn’t important (but the passive sounds wrong)
- When things do things to themselves (like technology)
- When we want to avoid responsibility
Use them well and you will sound more natural in English.
And who doesn’t like avoiding responsibility! 🙂
Download the show notes (PDF).
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- Podcast Episode 1 – Say vs Tell … What’s the difference?
- Podcast Episode 2 – Buffalo buffalo
- Podcast Episode 3 – What on Earth is an ergative verb?
- Podcast Episode 4 – Interview with Hugh Dellar – “One phrase at a time”
- Podcast Episode 5 – Cambridge Cambridge Cambridge
- Podcast Episode 6 – The English Verb
- Podcast Episode 9 – Enjoy studying again with the Self-Study Menu
- Podcast Episode 13 – Tips From A Polyglot – Interview With Lindsay From Lindsay Does Languages
- Podcast Episode 15 – English Articles and the Stock Market Dance
- Podcast Episode 10 – Interview with Christian from Canguro English – The paint is still wet
- Podcast Episode 7 – How to Sound Smart (and Witty) in English
- Podcast Episode 11 – Three Things That Surprised Me About the UK
- Podcast Episode 12 – How Not to Die in an English Conversation
- Podcast Episode 14 – Teaching English Through Storytelling – An Interview With Ariel Goodbody
- Podcast Episode 17 – Don’t destroy the universe! Word order in English
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- Podcast Episode 18 – Grammar for a Full Life – A Weird and Wonderful Interview with Professor Lawrence Weinstein
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