Reporting verbs / nouns

Which of the following sentences (possibly more than one) are right? If they are wrong, correct them.

1.
A: I promised that I would write to her.
B: She promised me to phone.
C: Did you promise to help him?
D: My boss promised giving me a pay rise.

2.
A: I recommend you to see his latest film.
B: What book would you recommend that I read?
C: My colleague recommended on taking a refresher course.
D: Doctors recommend drinking a glass of red wine every day.

3.
A: Weather forecasters are warning drivers to take extra care.
B: Parents should warn their children don't to trust strangers.
C: My boss warned to arrive on time.
D: Tourists were warned for travelling to the area.

4.
A: If I were you, I'd apologise her.
B: He apologised for not remembering their anniversary.
C: You don't have to apologise to tell the truth.
D: My teacher apologised that he arrived late.

5.
A: I have explained you this twice already.
B: Would you mind explaining how this thing works?
C: Can you explain it to me again?
D: He explained getting there but I can't remember what he said now.

6.
A: I regret not to accept the first job offer.
B: Do you regret saying that you would go?
C: She began to regret that she had not taken her parents' advice.
D: We regret to inform you that your application has been refused.





What are the nouns of the above verbs?

1. a p______
2. a r_____________
3. a w______
4. an a______
5. an e__________
6. a r_____



Complete the following sentences with one of the above nouns (sing/pl). Take note of the collocations.

 1. He got the job on Craig's ___.
 2. Just a word of ___ - it can get really cold so be sure to take warm clothing with you.
 3. I don't have any ___. I'd do the same thing again.
 4. You shouldn't make ___ that you can't keep.
 5. I owe you an ___ - You were right. I was wrong.
 6. Police have issued a ___ about thieves operating in the neighbourhood.
 7. What's your ___ for the disappointing sales figures?
 8. He was unable to give a satisfactory ___ as to why he left his last job.
 9. The judge made several ___ in order to improve safety.
10. The princess demanded a full ___ from the newspaper for publishing photos of her.

Comments

José said…
Hi Graham:
I'm going to bet like Montse:
1.
D: My boss promised me to give a pay rise.

2.
A: I recommend you seeing his latest film.

3.
B: Parents should warn their children don't to trust in strangers.
D: Tourists were warned to travel to the area.

4.
C: You don't have to apologise for telling the truth.
D: My teacher apologised for arriving late.

6.
A: I don't regret accepting the first job offer.


What are the nouns of the above verbs?

1. a promise
2. a recommendation
3. a warning
4. an apology
5. an explication
6. a regret

Complete the following sentences with one of the above nouns (sing/pl). Take note of the collocations.

1. He got the job on Craig's recommendation.
2. Just a word of warning - it can get really cold so be sure to take warm clothing with you.
3. I don't have any regret. I'd do the same thing again.
4. You shouldn't make promise that you can't keep.
5. I owe you an apology - You were right. I was wrong.
6. Police have issued a warning about thieves operating in the neighbourhood.
7. What's your recommendation for the disappointing sales figures?
8. He was unable to give a satisfactory explication as to why he left his last job.
9. The judge made several recommendations in order to improve safety.
10. The princess demanded a full apologies from the newspaper for publishing photos of her.

See you.
Montse said…
Hi, all!!! José, why do I have the feeling that you're always pulling my leg?LOL. Graham, these are my answers:
1.
A. I promised to write her
B. She promised to phone me
C. Did you promised to help him?
D. My boss promised to give me a pay rise.
2.
A. I recommend seeing his latest film.
B. What book would you recommend reading to me?
C. My colleague recommended taking a refresher course.
D. Doctors recommend drinking a glass of red wine every day.
3.
A. Weather forecasters are warning drivers to take extra care.
B. Parents should warn their children not to trust strangers.
C. My boss warned to arrive on time.
D. Tourists were warned against travelling to the area.
4.
A. If I were you, I'd apologise to her
B. He apologised for not remembering their anniversary.
C. You don't have to apologise for telling the truth.
D. My teacher apologised for arriving late.
5.
A. I have already explained this twice to you.
B. Would you mind explaining how this thing works?
C. Can you explain it to me again?
D. He explained how to get there but I can't remember what he said now.
6.
A. I regret not having accepted the first job offer.
B. Do you regret saying that you would go?
C. She began to regret not to have taken her parent's advice.
D. We regret to inform you that your application has been refused.
NOUNS:
1. a promise
2. a recommendation
3. a warning
4. an apology
5. an explanation
6. a regret
Complete the following sentences with one of de above nouns...
1. He got the job on Craig's recommendation.
2. Just a word of warning -it can get really cold so be sure to take warm clothing with you.
3. I don't have any regrets. I'd do the same thing again.
4. You shouldn't make promises that you can't keep.
5. I owe you an apology. You were right. I was wrong.
6. Police have issued a warning about thieves operating in the neighbourhood.
7. What's your explanation for the disappointing sales figures?
8. He was unable to give a satisfactory explanation as to why he left his last job.
9. The judge made several recommendations in order to improve safety.
10. The princess demanded a full apology from the newspaper for publishing photos of her.
See you!!!
Montse said…
Ooops!! I would like to change a sentence...

2. Just a word of explanation. It can get really cold so be sure to take warm clothing with you.

;-)
Graham said…
Ooops! I somehow managed to overlook your answers. Still, better late than never.

1.
A: I promised that I would write to her. RIGHT

B: She promised me to phone. WRONG
She promised to phone me.

C: Did you promise to help him? RIGHT

D: My boss promised giving me a pay rise. WRONG
My boss promised to give me a pay rise.


2.
A: I recommend you to see his latest film.WRONG
I recommend seeing his latest film.

B: What book would you recommend that I read? RIGHT

C:My colleague recommended on taking a refresher course. WRONG
My colleague recommended that I (should) take a refresher course.

D: Doctors recommend drinking a glass of red wine every day. RIGHT


3.
A: Weather forecasters are warning drivers to take extra care. RIGHT

B: Parents should warn their children don't to trust strangers. WRONG
Parents should warn their children not to trust strangers.

C: My boss warned to arrive on time. WRONG
My boss warned us to arrive on time.

D: Tourists were warned for travelling to the area. WRONG
Tourists were warned about travelling to the area.


4.
A: If I were you, I'd apologise her. WRONG
If I were you, I'd apologise to her.

B: He apologised for not remembering their anniversary. RIGHT

C: You don't have to apologise to tell the truth. WRONG
You don't have to apologise for telling the truth.

D: My teacher apologised that he arrived late. WRONG
My teacher apologised for arriving late.


5.
A: I have explained you this twice already. WRONG
I have explained this twice to you already.

B: Would you mind explaining how this thing works? RIGHT

C: Can you explain it to me again? RIGHT

D: He explained getting there but I can't remember what he said now. WRONG
He explained how to get their but I can't remember what he said now.

6.
A: I regret not to accept the first job offer. WRONG
I regret not accepting the first job offer.

B: Do you regret saying that you would go? RIGHT

C: She began to regret that she had not taken her parents' advice. RIGHT

D: We regret to inform you that your application has been refused. RIGHT ( regret = sorry)




Graham said…
1. a promise
2. a recommendation
3. a warning
4. an apology
5. an explication
6. a regret


1. He got the job on Craig's recommendation.

2. Just a word of warning -it can get really cold so be sure to take warm clothing with you.

3. I don't have any regrets. I'd do the same thing again.

4. You shouldn't make promises that you can't keep.

5. I owe you an apology. You were right. I was wrong.

6. Police have issued a warning about thieves operating in the neighbourhood.

7. What's your explanation for the disappointing sales figures?

8. He was unable to give a satisfactory explanation as to why he left his last job.

9. The judge made several recommendations in order to improve safety.

10. The princess demanded a full apology from the newspaper for publishing photos of her.


José said…
Hi Montse,

As the best teacher is earnest, I tell you that your work was excellent, as always, congratulations.

Goobye.
Montse said…
Hi, all!!

Everything seems to be so easy once Graham has corrected the posts!!
José, as I told you, I love you pull my leg...LOL. I hope see you (both) soon.
Kisses.
Graham said…
Hi Montse and José,

I've had a look at the webpage of the restaurant. I especially like the sound of the free bar.

I hope the food is to José's liking. He can be a difficult man to please.


I love you pulling my leg...LOL. I hope to see you (both) soon.


See you on Friday.




Anonymous said…
Hi I,m Sandra

A: I promised that I would write to her. WRONG??
B: She promised me to phone.WRONG
C: Did you promise to help him?WRONG
D: My boss promised giving me a pay rise.RIGHT

2.
A: I recommend you to see his latest film.WRONG
B: What book would you recommend that I read? WRONG
C: My colleague recommended on taking a refresher course.WRONG
D: Doctors recommend drinking a glass of red wine every day.RIGHT

3.
A: Weather forecasters are warning drivers to take extra care.WRONG
B: Parents should warn their children don't to trust strangers.RIGHT
C: My boss warned to arrive on time.WRONG
D: Tourists were warned for travelling to the area.WRONG

4.
A: If I were you, I'd apologise her.WRONG
B: He apologised for not remembering their anniversary.RIGHT
C: You don't have to apologise to tell the truth.WRONG
D: My teacher apologised that he arrived late.WRONG

5.
A: I have explained you this twice already.WRONG
B: Would you mind explaining how this thing works? RIGHT
C: Can you explain it to me again?WRONG
D: He explained getting there but I can't remember what he said now.WRONG

6.
A: I regret not to accept the first job offer.RIGHT
B: Do you regret saying that you would go? WRONG
C: She began to regret that she had not taken her parents' advice.WRONG
D: We regret to inform you that your application has been refused. RIGHT





What are the nouns of the above verbs?

1. a pROMISE______
2. a rECOMMENDATION_____________
3. a wARNING_____
4. an aPOLOGISE______
5. an eXPLANATION__________
6. a rEGRET____


DIANA said…
1.
A: I promised that I would write to her. CORRECT
B: She promised TO phone ME.
C: Did you promise to help him? CORRECT
D: My boss promised TO GIVE me a pay rise.

2.
A: I recommend you SEEING his latest film.
B: What book would you recommend that I read? CORRECT
C: My colleague recommended (on) TAKEING a refresher course.
D: Doctors recommend drinking a glass of red wine every day.CORRECT

3.
A: Weather forecasters are warning drivers to take extra care.CORRECT
B: Parents should warn their children NOT TO trust strangers.
C: My boss warned ME to arrive on time.
D: Tourists were warned ABOUT travelling to the area.

4.
A: If I were you, I'd apologise TO her.
B: He apologised for not remembering their anniversary.CORRECT
C: You don't have to apologise FOR tellING the truth.
D: My teacher apologised FOR arrivING late.

5.
A: I have explained this twice already TO YOU.
B: Would you mind explaining how this thing works?CORRECT
C: Can you explain it to me again?CORRECT
D: He explained HOW getting there but I can't remember what he said now.

6.
A: I regret not acceptING the first job offer.
B: Do you regret saying that you would go?CORRECT
C: She began to regret not takING her parents' advice.
D: We regret to inform you that your application has been refused.CORRECT
Graham said…
Hi Sandra,

These verb patterns are a real pain. You can see from this exercise that with some verbs there is more than one possibility.

1.
A: I promised that I would write to her. RIGHT
B: She promised me to phone. WRONG
C: Did you promise to help him? RIGHT
D: My boss promised giving me a pay rise. WRONG

2.
A: I recommend you to see his latest film. WRONG
B: What book would you recommend that I read? RIGHT
C: My colleague recommended on taking a refresher course. WRONG
D: Doctors recommend drinking a glass of red wine every day. RIGHT

3.
A: Weather forecasters are warning drivers to take extra care. RIGHT
B: Parents should warn their children don't to trust strangers. WRONG
C: My boss warned to arrive on time. WRONG
D: Tourists were warned for travelling to the area. WRONG

4.
A: If I were you, I'd apologise her. WRONG
B: He apologised for not remembering their anniversary. RIGHT
C: You don't have to apologise to tell the truth. WRONG
D: My teacher apologised that he arrived late. WRONG

5.
A: I have explained you this twice already. WRONG
B: Would you mind explaining how this thing works? RIGHT
C: Can you explain it to me again? WRONG
D: He explained getting there but I can't remember what he said now. WRONG

6.
A: I regret not to accept the first job offer. WRONG
B: Do you regret saying that you would go? RIGHT
C: She began to regret that she had not taken her parents' advice. RIGHT
D: We regret to inform you that your application has been refused. RIGHT


Ok, the ones in bold are where you made a mistake. If the sentence is WRONG, then try to correct it.


In the second exercise, the verb is apologise while the noun is an apology.


See you tomorrow!



Graham said…
Hi Diana,

Congratulations on being the first one in class to make use of the blog. You wouldn't be the first one on Twitter (I think that prize goes to either Vanesa or Alicia), but you could have a go there too.


2.
A: I recommend SEEING his latest film.

C: My colleague recommended TAKING a refresher course.

Recommend has the same pattern as suggest.

5.

D: He explained how to get there but I can't remember what he said now.


Well done!

Cristina said…
Hi Graham! It's Cristina

I've just done this exercise and I've seen your correction. Obviously, I had a lot of mistakes, but I've understood the reason.

Threfore, my question is a bit silly: what's the difference between explication and explanation? I've seen both in your answer

Thanks!! :)



Graham said…
Hi Cristina,

Your question isn't silly at all. It's actually quite sensible.

If I were you, I'd forget explication and always use explanation.

To be honest, I had to check if explication exists. As is often the case, I thought the word might be Spanglish.

Explication is apparently very formal and used in scientific contexts.
Anonymous said…
Hi Graham.
It's Miguel

Which of the following sentences (possibly more than one) are right? If they are wrong, correct them.

1.
A: I promised that I would write to her.
Correct
B: She promised me to phone.
She promised to phone me
C: Did you promise to help him?
Correct
D: My boss promised giving me a pay rise.
My boss promised to give me a pay rise

2.
A: I recommend you to see his latest film.
I reccomend you seeing his latest film
B: What book would you recommend that I read?
What book would you reccomend me to read?
C: My colleague recommended on taking a refresher course.
My colleague reccommended taking a refresher course
D: Doctors recommend drinking a glass of red wine every day.
Correct

3.
A: Weather forecasters are warning drivers to take extra care.
Correct
B: Parents should warn their children don't to trust strangers.
Parents should warn their children not to trust strangers
C: My boss warned to arrive on time.
My boss warned me to arrive on time
D: Tourists were warned for travelling to the area.
Correct

4.
A: If I were you, I'd apologise her.
Correct
B: He apologised for not remembering their anniversary.
Correct
C: You don't have to apologise to tell the truth.
For telling the truth
D: My teacher apologised that he arrived late.
For arriving late

5.
A: I have explained you this twice already.
Correct
B: Would you mind explaining how this thing works?
Correct
C: Can you explain it to me again?
Correct
D: He explained getting there but I can't remember what he said now.
Correct

6.
A: I regret not to accept the first job offer.
I regret not accepting
B: Do you regret saying that you would go?
Correct
C: She began to regret that she had not taken her parents' advice.
To regret not having had taken
D: We regret to inform you that your application has been refused.
Correct





What are the nouns of the above verbs?

1. a promise
2. a recommendation
3. a warning
4. an apology
5. an explanation
6. a regret



Complete the following sentences with one of the above nouns (sing/pl). Take note of the collocations.

1. He got the job on Craig's recommendation.
2. Just a word of warning - it can get really cold so be sure to take warm clothing with you.
3. I don't have any regret. I'd do the same thing again.
4. You shouldn't make promises that you can't keep.
5. I owe you an apology - You were right. I was wrong.
6. Police have issued a warning about thieves operating in the neighbourhood.
7. What's your explanation for the disappointing sales figures?
8. He was unable to give a satisfactory explanation as to why he left his last job.
9. The judge made several promises in order to improve safety.
10. The princess demanded a full apology from the newspaper for publishing photos of her.
Graham said…
Hi Miguel,

It's worth spending time practising verb patterns and learning common collocations.

Let's see how you did.


2.
A: I recommend you to see his latest film.
I recommend you see / recommend seeing his latest film

B: What book would you recommend that I read?
What book would you recommend (that) I read?


3.
D: Tourists were warned about travelling to the area.


4.
A: If I were you, I'd apologise to her.


5.
A: I have explained this twice already (to you).

D: He explained how to get there but ...


6.
C: She began to regret that she had not taken / regret not having taken her parents' advice.





Complete the following sentences with one of the above nouns (sing/pl). Take note of the collocations.

3. I don't have any regrets. I'd do the same thing again.

9. The judge made several recommendations in order to improve safety.



Well done!