BAEnglish Verb II

Credit points: 5
Contact hours: 60

Main Instructor

Gašper Ilc, PhD, Associate Professor


Gašper Ilc, PhD, Associate Professor
Vesna Lazović , PhD

Course Description

Aims and Specific Competences:

  • Linguistic competence in English.
  • Competence in theoretical analysis of linguistic rules and its practical implications.
  • Acquisition of complex grammatical structures of English, with special focus on the structure, syntactic function and semantic implications.
  • Competence in comprehension of contrastive differences between English and Slovene (contrastive analysis).
  • Competence to perform grammatical text analysis.
  • Competence to identify theoretical elements in selected texts.


  • Complex English verb structures: conditionality, mood and modality, passive/active voice (form and function), non-finites (infinitive, participle, gerund), reported speech (form and function, grammatical generalisations, narrativisation).
  • Syntactic accounts of studied structures. A detailed analysis of studied structures in authentic texts.
  • English/Slovene contrastive analysis.
  • Tutorial work focusses on practical student work, in particular, translation, in-depth analysis, English-Slovene contrastive analysis, discourse analysis, critical synthesis and analysis.
  • Special attention is paid to the formation of the verb phrases in question and their practical use, discourse analysis, register variation and contrastive differences between English and Slovene.

Course Literature:

  • Biber, Douglas. (2000) Longman grammar of spoken and written English. Harlow: Longman.  Izbrana poglavja (3, 9, 11, 12).
  • 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, 8, 10, 11, 14, 16).
  • Leech, Geoffrey. (1987) Meaning and the English Verb. London: Longman. Izbrana poglavja (5-8).
  • Marvin, Tatjana & Gašper Ilc. (2013). English Verbs in Use II. Ljubljana: ZIFF.
  • Palmer, Frank. (1987) The English Verb. London: Longman. Izbrana poglavja (5-9).
  • Quirk, R. et al. (1985) A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. London: Longman. Izbrana poglavja (4, 10, 11, 14, 15, 18, 19).
  • Quirk, Randolph & Greenbaum Sidney. (1993) University Grammar of the English. London: Longman. Izbrana poglavja (11-13).


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.