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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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiBuM5NX6HA A Relative Clause is a part of a sentence which contains…

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Defining Relative Clauses: #6

For Grammar Rules about Defining Relative Clauses see my post  September 22, 2013.                                                                                                                         RIHANNA  sings a song with Eminem called ‘Monster’. There are  Defining Relative Clauses in the chorus. Have a look: Chorus 1. I’m friends with the monster that’s … Continue reading

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Continuing: The World Cup and Prepositions

Today I’m continuing the post about Prepositions, which I started on June 29, 2014.  (The World Cup and Prepositions) In that post, I explained the following: PREPOSITIONS show the CONNECTion between  NOUNS / PRONOUNS. PREPOSITIONS ARE FOLLOWED BY NOUNS Now, let’s look at another rule … Continue reading

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