Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. Anonymous

    two-word verb...


    This is the first visit.

    I'd like to know two-word verb.

    1) look at
    2) turn off

    I learned that 'at' in the first sentence is a preposition and 'off' in the second is a 'asverb'.

    How can I tell a preposition from a adverb?
    Best regards. :D

  2. Mister Micawber's Avatar
    Key Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Sep 2004
    • Posts: 1,857
    For example:

    'I looked at my watch.'
    'I turned off the TV.'

    No rule is foolproof, but two ways are:

    (1) Insert an adverb:

    'I looked carefully at my watch.'
    X 'I turned carefully off the TV.'

    (2) Isolate the particle:

    'What did you look at?'
    'At my watch.'

    'What did you turn off?'
    X 'Off the TV.'

Similar Threads

  1. Which word is the verb...
    By Red5 in forum Beginner
    Replies: 44
    Last Post: 17-Jun-2015, 12:02
  2. Which word is the VERB in...
    By Red5 in forum Beginner
    Replies: 40
    Last Post: 16-Mar-2011, 16:41
  3. noun phrases
    By sting in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 26-Aug-2004, 21:52
  4. Subject of a verb
    By Anonymous in forum Linguistics
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 14-Oct-2003, 07:10


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts