BootCamp6

Basic English Usage

Show your employer you mean business: earn a verifiable certificate in Basic English Usage. Pay only $5.88, complete 42 lessons, take seven tests, and earn a passing grade for the course.

       

The Course

Module 1: Articles
Introduction - Why effort counts. Choose an by singing.
Pictures - Using type and familiarity to choose a or the.
Distinctions - Understanding few versus a few; ditto for little.
Comparisons - Proper idioms: "is a better X" and "is the more X".
Ordering - Using the (or not) with words next and last.
Drills - Fast verbal exercises to remember all the rules and guidelines.

Module 2: Prepositions
Diagram - A memorable depiction for understanding in, on, and at.
Phrases 1 - Examples: apart from X, ad odds, at the point of doing X, at times, beside the point, by means of X.
Phrases 2 - Examples: except for X, for a while, for once, for the record, in common, in some/many ways.
Phrases 3 - Examples: in fact, in perspective, in spite of X, in the course of X, in time, instead of X.
Phrases 4 - Examples: of course, on the contrary, on the other hand, on time, out of date, prior to X.
Drills - Fast verbal exercises to help remember the examples.

Module 3: Adjectives
Prepositions - In adjective phrases: about, for, of, to, and with.
Phrases 1 - Examples: confused about X, prepared for X, capable of X, comparable to X, familiar with X.
Phrases 2 - Examples: excited about X, qualified for X, independent of X, dedicated to X, okay with X.
Phrases 3 - Examples: happy about X, ready for X, sure of X, open to X, pleased with X.
Phrases 4 - Examples: upset about X, responsible for X, tired of X, similar to X, satisfied with X.
Drills - Fast verbal exercises to help remember the examples.

Module 4: Nouns
Prepositions in Noun Phrases: of, for, in, and with.
Phrases 1 - Examples: awareness of X, cost of X, competition for X, decrease/increase in X, connection with X.
Phrases 2 - Examples: distribution of X, habit of doing X, contract for X, growth in X, contact with X.
Phrases 3 - Examples: head of X, knowledge of X, order for X, improvement in X, help with X.
Phrases 4 - Examples: production of X, understanding of X, reason for X, interest in X, practice with X.
Drills - Fast verbal exercises to help remember the examples.

Module 5: Verbs
Prepositions in Verb Phrases - Examples: look at X, look for X, report on X, talk to X about Y, depend on X for Y.
Phrasal Verbs 1 - Examples: break down, fall through, hear someone out, shut something down, talk something over.
Phrasal Verbs 2 - Examples: clear up, warm up, open something up, bring something up, look something up.
Phrasal Verbs 3 - Examples: get along, get back, get by, get to X, get rid of X.
Phrasal-Prepositional Verbs - Examples: come up with X, keep up with X, fill in for X, get along with X, get out of X.
Drills - Fast verbal exercises to help remember the examples.

Module 6: Expressions
Expressions 1 - Examples: in the loop, touch base, touch on, in touch, out of touch, touch a nerve, touch and go, ballpark.
Expressions 2 - Examples: big picture, in the picture, get the picture, paint a picture, in the same boat, rock the boat, miss the boat, nutshell.
Expressions 3 - Examples: come around, come across as X, come up short, out in the open, out from under X, out of it, out for, strings attached.
Expressions 4 - Examples: play it by ear, play it safe, play ball, pull strings, pull it off, pull through, brainstorm.
Expressions 5 - Examples: out on a limb, out of action, out of the question, see eye to eye, see daylight, see to it, drawing board, square one.
Drills - Fast verbal exercises to help remember the examples.

Module 7: Slang
Slang 1 - Examples: angle, ditch, fishy, lame, milk, zap.
Slang 2 - Examples: all ears, bad-mouth, eye opener, low-ball, no-brainer, you bet.
Slang 3 - Examples: take off, zone out, on the level, up in the air, bent out of shape, wrap it up.
Slang 4 - Examples: check out, jump ship, killer, my bad, piece of cake, roll with it.
Slang 5 - Examples: keener, toonie, corker, damp squib, dodgy, fair go.
Drills - Fast verbal exercises to help remember the examples.

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