BAEnglish Verb I

Credit points: 5
Contact hours: 60

Main Instructor

Gašper Ilc, PhD, Associate Professor


Gašper Ilc, PhD, Associate Professor
Vesna Lazović , PhD

Course Description

The verb as a part of speech (morphological structure, multi-word verbs, auxiliary/lexical verbs, theta-role assignment).

The verb phrase (structure and clausal function).

The grammatical categories of the verb (person and number, aspect, mood, voice, transitivity and tense). Tutorial work includes tense formation practice, usage of tenses, analysis of tenses in various authentic texts with special focus on register variation and variation across Englishes, contrastive analysis of the usage of tenses in English and Slovene. Special attention is paid to structures that are problematic for Slovene users owing to negative transfer from Slovene (e.g. English progressive forms vs. Slovene imperfective, relative vs. absolute tenses).


Biber, Douglas. (2000) Longman grammar of spoken and written English. Harlow: Longman.  Izbrana poglavja (5-6).

Graver, B.D. (1986/1996) Advanced English Practice. 3rd edition. Oxford: OUP.

Huddleston, R. & Geoffrey K. Pullum. (2002) The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. Cambridge: CUP. Izbrana poglavja (3-4).

Ilc, G. 2006. English Verbs in Use I. Ljubljana: Filozofska fakulteta.

Leech, Geoffrey. 1987. Meaning and the English Verb. London: Longman. Izbrana poglavja (1-4).

Lewis, Michael. (1986). The English Verb. An Exploration of Structure and Meaning. Hove: Language Teaching Publications.

Palmer, Frank. 1987. The English Verb. London: Longman. Izbrana poglavja (2-4, 10).

Quirk, R. et al. (1985) A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. London: Longman. Izbrana poglavja (3, 4, 16).

Quirk, Randolph & Sidney Greenbaum. (1993) University Grammar of the English. London: Longman. Izbrana poglavja (3, 12).


Two written tests during the semester (20%) and the final exam (80%). 

Due to the course structure (active class participation) the student can sit the tests once only. Grading scale of 6-10 (pass) and 1-5 (fail), in accordance with the Statutes of the University of Ljubljana and with the examination system of the Faculty of Arts.