Lessons

Common mistakes with nouns

January 27, 2015

In this article, we will explain some common mistakes in the use of nouns. Incorrect: I would like to buy some furnitures. Correct: I would like to buy some furniture. Incorrect: Have you got any informations? Correct: Have you got any information? Incorrect: Have you packed your luggages? Correct: Have you packed your luggage? Incorrect: […]

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Unless and without; as and like

January 27, 2015

Without and Unless Without is a preposition. It cannot be used as a conjunction. As he was not ready, we left without him. (without – preposition) Unless is a conjunction. It has a similar meaning to if not. Come tomorrow unless I phone. Correct the following sentences. 1. We cannot play without he gives us […]

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American and British English differences

January 24, 2015

Although British English and American English are very similar, there are a few differences of grammar and spelling. Here are some examples of the most important differences. Use of the simple past and present perfect tenses In British English, only the present perfect can be used to talk about past actions which have an effect […]

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Future continuous and future perfect tense review

January 18, 2015

The future continuous tense is made with will / shall + be + -ing. Affirmative Negative Interrogative I will be writing. I will not be writing. Will I be writing? He will be working. He will not be working. Will he be working? They will be working. They will not be working. Will they be […]

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Adjectives that take the preposition of

January 10, 2015

A large number of adjectives take the preposition ‘of’ after them. Here is a quick list of them. Accused of She accused me of killing her cat. Acquitted of The jury acquitted him of the murder. Afraid of I am afraid of spiders. Apprehensive of I am apprehensive of the risks. Apprised of He has […]

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Make your sentences more descriptive

January 9, 2015

One way of improving your letters and documents is to write descriptive sentences. Descriptive sentences provide more information and help you express your ideas more clearly. There are several ways to write descriptive sentences. Use Adjectives One way of writing descriptive sentences is to place adjectives before nouns. It is possible to use more than […]

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Subject word and its attributes

January 9, 2015

We have already learned that a sentence has two parts – the subject and the predicate. The subject may consist of one word or several words. When it consists of just one word, that word is usually a noun, a pronoun or an –ing form. When the subject consists of several words, there is always […]

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Analysis of simple sentences

January 9, 2015

A sentence is a group of words which makes complete sense. It has a subject and a predicate. When we analyze a simple sentence, we have to divide it into two main parts – the subject and the predicate. Examples are given below. Subject Predicate Dogs bark. Heats expands bodies The sun gives heat and […]

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Grammar review: adverb phrases

December 18, 2014

An adverb phrase is a group of words that serves the purpose as an adverb. An adverb is a word used to modify a verb, an adjective or another adverb. Study the examples given below. He behaved rudely. (Verb – behaved; adverb – rudely) Here the word ‘rudely’ explains how he behaved. We can express […]

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Verb review: infinitives

November 26, 2014

The infinitive is the basic form of the verb. It is usually used with the particle to. Examples are: (to) break, (to) walk, (to) stand, (to) write. The infinitive can also be used without the particle ‘to’. For example, it is used without ‘to’ after modal auxiliary verbs (e.g. shall, will, should, could etc.). I […]

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