Category Archives: TOEFL

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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A Song with Noun Clauses

I have found the perfect song to help you remember Noun Clauses. First, if you are not sure what a Noun Clause is, check my earlier posts Noun Clauses #1, #2, & #3.   Next, have a look at the following song … Continue reading

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Noun Clauses #3

First, read Noun Clauses #1 and Noun Clauses #2. Today, I will continue giving examples of Noun Clauses and explain more structure. We are going to  look at a song called  Someone Like You  by ADELE. It is full of … Continue reading

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How to Write a Sentence: #3 Complex Sentences

* First, read How to Write a Sentence #1 & How to Write a Sentence #2. Quick revision A sentence must include: 1) a subject 2) a finite verb (a verb with tense) 3) meaning (a complete idea) The following clause … Continue reading

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How to Write a Sentence: #2

First, you should read How to Write a Sentence: #1 There are three types of sentences in English: SIMPLE, COMPOUND, & COMPLEX. All sentences must contain a subject, a verb with tense, and they must have meaning. You need to … Continue reading

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The 12 English Tenses – A brief summary

The 12 English Tenses – A brief summary If you are able to read this, then you have already learnt the most difficult of the twelve English Tenses: Present Simple. Congratulations! It gets easier from now on. Really. How can … Continue reading

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Causative verbs

English sentences do not always follow a regular pattern (subject + verb + object)  – just like your language! Sometimes the subject does nothing, but causes an action that someone else does. So, logically we call the verbs which cause … Continue reading

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How to Write a Sentence: #1

 What is a sentence? There are three necessary parts to a sentence: SUBJECT (noun or pronoun) & VERB (finite) & the sentence must also have MEANING. SUBJECT: There are several ways to make a subject, but for now, let’s look at the following: … Continue reading

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Noun Clauses #1

      The English language is full of Noun Clauses. A Noun Clause is made up of a group of words with a Noun and a Verb. A Noun is the name of a person, animal, place, thing, (or state;  for example: happiness, excitement). … Continue reading

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A Song containing Relative Clauses – by Shakira: #3

Originally posted on Mary's English Blog:
SHAKIRA sings a song called “You’re the One” which contains  several Relative Clauses. They are highlighted in bold in the lyrics below. A Relative Clause is a part of a sentence which contains (at…

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