Category: English Grammar (Page 1)

Articles and notes dealing with English grammar and English language usage topics

English Tenses and Aspects 7 - The Habitual Aspect

Category: English Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses
A look at the difficulties of classifying "used to"

English Tenses and Aspect 6 - The Prospective Aspect

Category: English Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses
A look at the use of the 'going to' form in English

Fun for all the family 3 - Quite a few games for articles and determiners

Category: English Grammar Topic: Articles
Games for a, an, the, some, etc, for both adults and young learners

English Tenses and Aspects 5 - The Retrospective Aspect

Category: English Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses
A look the the forms traditionally known as the perfect aspect

English Tenses and Aspects 4 - The Durative Aspect

Category: English Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses
A look at the form traditionally known as the continuous or progressive

English Tenses and Aspect 3 - The Marked Tense

Category: English Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses
This tense, the traditional 'past simple', sometimes referred to as the preterite, like the unmarked tense, can refer to past, present, future and general time.

English Tenses and Aspect 2 - The Unmarked Tense

Category: English Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses
It is true that the uses of the unmarked tense can present three major problems for the learner

English Tenses and Aspects 1 - Introduction

Category: English Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses
I believe the tense/aspect system of English verbs is far less complex than many suppose. There is an underlying logic to the system that, when understood, clears away most of the problems that have caused misery to many learners and their teachers.

Phrasal Verbs - Multi-Word Verbs

Category: English Grammar Topic: Phrasal Verbs
A look at the problems phrasal verb present to learners

Conditional Sentences in English: Non-conditional 'conditionals'

Category: English Grammar Topic: Conditionals
A look at non-conditional conditionals

Conditional Sentences in English: Other expressions with IF

Category: English Grammar Topic: Conditionals
A look at other expressions with 'if'

Conditional Sentences in English: Alternatives to IF

Category: English Grammar Topic: Conditionals
A look at alternatives to 'if' in conditional sentences

Conditional Sentences in English: Counterfactual Conditionals

Category: English Grammar Topic: Conditionals
A look at counterfactual conditionals

Conditional Sentences in English: Hypothetical Conditionals

Category: English Grammar Topic: Conditionals
A look at hypothetical conditionals

Conditional Sentences in English: Predictive Conditionals

Category: English Grammar Topic: Conditionals
A look at predicative conditionals

Conditional Sentences in English: Factual Conditionals

Category: English Grammar Topic: Conditionals
A look at factual conditionals

Conditional Sentences in English: Introduction

Category: English Grammar Topic: Conditionals
An in-depth look at conditional sentences

Indirect (Reported) Speech

Category: English Grammar Topic: Direct & Indirect Speech
A look at backshifting and other aspects of indirect speech

Problems with the Past Perfect & Past Simple

Category: English Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses
Notes on why native speakers do not always use the past perfect when learners have been told they must, using questions and answers from our forum.

The Past Perfect

Category: English Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses
A look at how the Past Perfect is formed and used in English

Rather

Category: English Grammar Topic: Adjectives and Adverbs
Learn how to use 'rather' in English.

Using 'Shall' in British English

Category: English Grammar Topic: Modals
Learn about the use of 'shall' in British English.

Whether and If

Category: English Grammar Topic: Conjunctions
A look at when to use 'whether' and when to use 'if'.

Using 'Wish' in English

Category: English Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses
A look at how to use the verb 'wish'.

Agreeing and Disagreeing- So do I, Neither do I, etc

Category: English Grammar Topic: Adjectives and Adverbs
The rules for using So do I and Neither do I, etc.

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