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  • Hi. My name's Rebecca.

  • Sometimes students want very much to learn advanced vocabulary,

  • but in the process, they forget about learning some basic everyday vocabulary, which you

  • also need to describe everyday life. So in today's lesson, we'll focus on the verbs you need

  • to describe some common activities around the home,

  • and you're going to help me with this. Okay?

  • So, when you get out of bed, what do you need to do to the bed

  • if you want your room to look nice? You need to

  • "make the bed". Okay? That's the correct expression.

  • What about the dishes? After you've eaten, you have a big mess in the kitchen, and you say:

  • "I need to"?

  • "Do the dishes" is the most common expression. Okay?

  • Now, of course, with the dishes, you could do some other things. You could say:

  • "I need to wash the dishes." But usually,

  • "do the dishes" means that. You could say you need to dry the dishes, but this is the

  • most common expression. Okay?

  • If you're lucky enough to not have to do the dishes by hand and you have a dishwasher,

  • then what's the verb for what you do to put the dishes inside? Do you know the verb?

  • I need to

  • "load the dishwasher". Okay? Or "unload the dishwasher" or "empty the dishwasher".

  • Okay? But when you're putting the dishes inside, you say: "I need to load the dishwasher."

  • Next, okay, you've prepared the food and it's... You're going to...

  • You need to now make the table look very nice, put the plates, and the glasses, and the cutlery, so you need

  • to do what to the table before you eat?

  • You need to "set the table". Okay?

  • That's the correct expression. Now, after you've finished eating and you need to take all of the

  • dirty dishes back to the kitchen, so you need to do what to the table? You need to

  • "clear the table". Okay? That's after you eat.

  • Next, for the carpet. What's the verb you can use to say that you need to

  • "clean the carpet"? We don't really say "clean the carpet", we usually say to...?

  • It starts with "v",

  • "vacuum the carpet". Okay? Next...

  • It could be also "the carpet" or "the rug". All right?

  • Next: "the clothes", so what do you need to do to the clothes?

  • Well, with clothes, you could do a number of different things. You could say:

  • "I need to wash the clothes.",

  • "I need to iron the clothes." for example.

  • "I need to fold the clothes." All right?

  • Next: you haven't cleaned the furniture in a long time and there's something on top,

  • and if you put your finger, you can write in it. So what do you need to do? You need to

  • "dust the furniture", because there's dust on it, but we need to...

  • The expression we use, the verb we use is "to dust" the furniture.

  • Next: How do you clean the floor? What verb can you use to describe that?

  • So, you could say:

  • "I need to sweep the floor with a broom." Sweep the floor, and if you're cleaning the

  • floor with something wet, then we say: "I need to

  • mop the floor." Okay?

  • That's if it's wet; this is if it's dry.

  • Next: Which verb do you use to describe the laundry? Okay? Which one?

  • "I need to do the laundry." Good.

  • What about the trash? Okay?

  • "I need to..."

  • You could say: "I need to empty the trash.",

  • "I need to take out the trash." All right? Depends on the situation.

  • Now, if you go a little bit outside your house and you have a lawn, which means the green

  • grass outside your house... So, what's the verb for that?

  • To... Sort of to cut the grass?

  • We don't usually say "to cut the grass". We say to

  • "mow", m-o-w, "to mow the lawn". Okay?

  • And, in general, all of this described what? What were you doing?

  • "I need to

  • clean the house".

  • Okay? I need to... Another verb we sometimes use, not as much at all,

  • but we use it: "to tidy".

  • "To tidy up" means to clean up, but it's when it's not very messy.

  • "To clean" usually means the whole bit; everything. All right?

  • So, sometimes knowing these basic words can also help you make breakthroughs in English.

  • English is about little words, and advanced words, and beginner words,

  • and it's a whole mix of things.

  • So if you subscribe to my channel, every day, watch a little bit

  • - you will definitely improve your English.

  • I've helped thousands of students in classrooms and online, and I can help you.

  • Okay? So watch our YouTube channel, and also on engVid.

  • You can go to, and you can do a quiz on this and many other English topics.

  • Thanks very much for watching. Good luck with your English.

Hi. My name's Rebecca.

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English Vocabulary: Verbs for things you do every day!

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    Flora Hu posted on 2016/05/08
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