Category Archives: Grammar

Continuing: 3 Facts you need to know about PARTICIPLES

First read: 3 Facts you need to know about PARTICIPLES: 1.  Participles can be Parts of Verbs. ∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼∼ 2.  Participles can be ADJECTIVES. Continuous Participles are often used as Adjectives: The giggling girls in the photo below look like sisters. Verb = look The World Cup is … Continue reading

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3 Facts you need to know about PARTICIPLES

There are two types of Participles in English: ♦ Past Participles   &   ♦ Continuous ( … ing) Participles   If you can remember the following Three Facts about Participles, your English will immediately improve.  1.  Participles can be Parts of … Continue reading

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Conditionals: Third

We use the Third Conditional to talk about a situation or condition in the past and its result. IF we could change the past, we could change the result. Of course, we can’t change the past, so the Third Conditional … Continue reading

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Relative Clauses #11: Advanced non-defining Relative Clauses

First, read the earlier posts on Relative Clauses, especially #3 and #6. Advanced non-defining Relative Clauses are not as difficult as their name suggests. There are only two Relative Clause Pronouns used, whom & which, and the Relative Clause is usually … Continue reading

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Have to … Don’t have to

Hello all you hard-working English students!   It’s time for some more grammar! The last few posts have been about  watching videos and reading, but it’s time for more English grammar, so let’s go! Not surprisingly, I will be using … Continue reading

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Song with Dependent Clauses, Collocations +++

Hello Everyone! Well, I’m back from my French adventure but I will leave the details of my French language studies for a future post. For now, how about getting back to grammar in a song? … Good! I thought that’s … Continue reading

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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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