Category Archives: Grammar

A Song containing Relative Clauses: #2

Shania Twain sings a song called “You’re Still The One” which has several Relative Clauses in the chorus. (See also Shakira, and One Republic.) Links below: one link is the official music video, and the other link has lyrics only, … Continue reading

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English Inversion #2: Question Tags

How do you say something or make a statement in your language? What is the word order: which word do you say first, second, third, etc? Here are two examples of common English word order:   ♦Melania Trump was born in … Continue reading

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It’s Christmas Time!!

It’s time for Christmas Carols! Carols is the name we give to Christmas songs, especially religious Christmas songs.  For many people, Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. For others, it is simply a festive time to … Continue reading

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Reflexive Pronouns ∼ Easier than You Think!

Do you think that Reflexive Pronouns are confusing? If so, read on. The good news is that they are limited in number and limited in use. We only use Reflexive Pronouns to reflect back on someone or something, just like a … Continue reading

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A Song with Present Perfect & Present Simple

Present Perfect Tense If you want to understand and remember how to use Present Perfect Tense, just listen to the song  FRIENDS  by Marshmello and Anne-Marie. Here is the chorus: Haven’t I made it obvious?            … Continue reading

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20 Mistakes Even Native Speakers Make

         by JENNIFER FROST    Source: http://www.grammarcheck.net

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A Song with Future Tenses and Conditionals: First & Zero

The song Parachute by Cheryl Cole is perfect for studying Future Tenses as well as First  Conditional and Zero Conditional. She is not literally singing about a parachute. The parachute symbolizes ‘help’ or ‘rescue’.  We have various ways to talk about … Continue reading

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120 Grammar and Vocabulary Mistakes to Avoid

The 2018 Grammar Guide EnglishGrammar.org has produced an excellent Grammar Guide for English students. Also excellent is the fact that it is free! Grammar and Vocabulary points are listed alphabetically. Examples show incorrect and correct usage and short, clear explanations. … Continue reading

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English Inversion #1: Why? When? How?

One of the first things you learn when you start learning English is the word order in sentences. The subject comes before the verb:  SUBJECT                           VERB you                                        learn … Continue reading

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MODAL VERBS – What are they? How do we use Modal Verbs?

1. There are only ten Modal Verbs. 2. Modal Verbs are easy to use. 3. Modal Verbs are very useful. 1. There are only ten Modal Verbs: *will,  *shall,  *might,  *may,  must,  can, could, would,  *should,  *ought to ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ *Some of these Modal … Continue reading

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