Maher Bahloul

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This study investigates the use of the verb ‘recommend’ within a written corpus of more than three hundred graduating EFL/ESL college students at a Middle Eastern American university, with a total number of more twenty five thousand words. The corpus analysis shows that about one forth of the graduates are still experiencing difficulties as they try to use the verb ‘recommend’ in their writings. The paper shows the inherent features of such verbs. It then describes its various uses in graduating students’ writings. Finally, it discusses the findings, argues against incidental learning, and makes a number of pedagogical recommendations.


ESL/EFL learning, vocabulary, writing, English verbs

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