Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes

Articles dealing with English grammar and English language usage topics

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70 ways to improve your English Pinned

Category: Learning English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Learning a new language can be hard work, so here are 70 practical tips for improving your English that you can do outside of school or collage
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Phrasal Verbs - Multi-Word Verbs

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Phrasal Verbs
A look at the problems phrasal verb present to learners
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Conditional Sentences in English 8

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Conditionals
A look at non-conditional conditionals
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Conditional Sentences in English 7

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Conditionals
A look at other expressions with 'if'
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Conditional Sentences in English 6

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Conditionals
A look at alternatives to 'if' in conditional sentences
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Conditional Sentences in English 5

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Conditionals
A look at counterfactual conditionals
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Conditional Sentences in English 4

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Conditionals
A look at hypothetical conditionals
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Conditional Sentences in English 3

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Conditionals
A look at predicative conditionals
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Conditional Sentences in English 2

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Conditionals
A look at factual conditionals
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Conditional Sentences in English 7

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Conditionals
A look at other expressions with 'if'
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Conditional Sentences in English 1

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Conditionals
An in-depth look at conditional sentences
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Indirect (Reported) Speech

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Direct & Indirect Speech
A look at backshifting and other aspects of indirect speech
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Problems with the Past Perfect & Past Simple

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes 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.
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The Past Perfect

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Verbs and Tenses
A look at how the Past Perfect is formed and used in English
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Ways of Expressing the Future in English

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Future Forms
A look at seven ways of expressing the future in English
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Relative Clauses - Part 2

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Relative Pronouns
The use and omission of relative pronouns in relatives clauses
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English Conditionals: Second Conditional

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Conditionals
How to use the second conditional in English
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Using 'Shall' in British English

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Modals
Learn about the use of 'shall' in British English.
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Types of Sentences

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Functions & Text
Learn about Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences.
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Whether and If

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Conjunctions
A look at when to use 'whether' and when to use 'if'.
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Using 'Wish' in English

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Verbs and Tenses
A look at how to use the verb 'wish'.
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English Conditionals: Zero Conditional

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Conditionals
How to use the zero conditional in English
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Relative Clauses - Part 1

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Relative Pronouns
The use of relative pronouns in relatives clauses
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Rather

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Adjectives and Adverbs
Learn how to use 'rather' in English.
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Descriptive and Prescriptive Grammar

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Learning and Teaching
A look at the prescriptive and descriptive approaches to English grammar.
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English Conditionals: Third Conditional

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Conditionals
How to use the third conditional in English
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All & Whole

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Adjectives and Adverbs
The differences in usage between all and whole.
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Beside & besides

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Prepositions
The differences in usage between beside and besides.
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The Use of BY + Agent in the Passive Voice

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Passive
A look at when to use BY with the passive.
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The Use of By + Until

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Prepositions
When should you use 'by' and 'until'?.
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Dangling Modifiers

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: General
What is a dangling modifier?
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While & During

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Conjunctions
What is the difference between 'while' and 'during'?
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English Conditionals: An Introduction

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Conditionals
Everything you need to know about English Conditionals.
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Order of Adjectives

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Adjectives and Adverbs
The correct order for adjectives before a noun.
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Number of

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: General
When to use a singular or a plural verb with the word 'number'.
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Agreeing and Disagreeing- So do I, Neither do I, etc

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Adjectives and Adverbs
The rules for using So do I and Neither do I, etc.
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Enough

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Adjectives and Adverbs
What is the correct word order with 'enough'?
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English Conditionals: First Conditional

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Conditionals
How to use the first conditional in English
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For & Since

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Prepositions
What's the difference between 'for' and 'since'?
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The Chameleon Character of 'Like'

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Conjunctions
A look at the many uses of 'like' in English
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Adjectives that look like adverbs

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Adjectives and Adverbs
A list of English adjectives that look like adverbs
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Prepositions AT & IN in Manner, Place & Time

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Prepositions
A look at the different uses of the prepositions 'in' and 'at'.
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The grey line between adjectives & past participles and passives

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Adjectives and Adverbs
The use of past participles as adjectives in English
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The duality (polarity) principle in English Grammar

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: General
The dual nature of English grammar
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Collocations & Word Partnerships

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Collocation
A look at the different types of collocations in English
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To Be or not to Be

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Verbs and Tenses
A look at the verb 'to be' in English
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To 'To' or not To 'To'

Category: English Grammar Usage Articles & Notes Topic: Prepositions
A look at the different uses of 'to'