Category Archives: Grammar

Modal Verbs of Deduction or Speculation

Modal Verbs are very useful words. The most common are: will, can, could, would, should, must, might, and may. The rules for using them are easy: ♦ The negative is ‘not’ or ‘never’: You should not be late for work. I … Continue reading

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3 mistakes that ruin your sentences

Native speakers are not perfect speakers. Their speech is often unclear and their grammar can be sloppy. However, there are mistakes which they don’t make, and if you make them, you will sound like an English student, not the fluent English speaker … Continue reading

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A Song with Relative Clauses #10 & Noun Clauses

There is a lovely new song called Something just like this by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay. It has two verses and a chorus. The first verse is one long Compound Sentence. The chorus is a series of Noun Clauses, some of which contain … Continue reading

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Phrasal Verbs: 3 Easy Rules

There are just 3 things to know if you want to understand and remember Phrasal Verbs: 1. Phrasal Verbs are Vocabulary. 2. There are two types: a)Separable and b)Non-separable. 3. When they are Separable, the pronoun must always go in the middle.   1. … Continue reading

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How to Write a Sentence #6: A Summary

In posts How to Write a Sentence #1, 2, 3, 4, & 5, I explained how to put words together to make a sentence. In this post, I’m going to break it all down in a different way. This will … Continue reading

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How to Write a Sentence: #5 Adjectives & Adverbs

There are nine parts of speech in English. This means that every word in an English sentence belongs to one of the nine parts (or groups). Remember that words can often belong to more than one group; for example: verb … Continue reading

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A Song with Relative Clauses at …….. MONA??!!

A Song with Relative Clauses #9 Yes, it’s true. I heard a song with Relative Clauses at MONA ……. but that’s the end of the story! Let’s start at the very beginning ……. Last week, I went to Hobart, Australia for … Continue reading

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A Song with Relative Clauses: #8, Noun Clauses & Adverb Clauses

Song: Stressed Out by 21 Pilots As you know, songs are often short stories about real life experiences and emotions. As such, songs are an effective way to learn natural, everyday English collocation and usage. Even when the language seems simple and easy … Continue reading

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TOEIC Listening Tests and More

If you are studying for a TOEIC test, or if you just want to improve your English, http://www.english-test.net has hundreds of listening tests, as well as grammar tests.Click here to start a listening test now.

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How to Write a Sentence: #4 Transitions

* First, read How to Write a Sentence #1,  How to Write a Sentence #2, and How to Write a Sentence #3. Transitions are words or phrases that connect (link) ideas. The ideas may be in a sentence or in … Continue reading

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