Advanced Gerunds and -to infinitives

As I’m sure you know, with some verbs we use a gerund and with others we use to-infinitive. For those of you wishing to expand your knowledge of these two areas of English grammar, here are a few harder examples for you to enjoy. A few verbs allow you to use either, for example: love,Continue reading “Advanced Gerunds and -to infinitives”

Prepositional phrases

In the dead of the night the cats crept silently about the house. // At the end of the rainbow is a pot of gold. // Under the old holly bush is where the treasure lies. Are all example sentences containing prepositional phrases (underlined) and the words ‘in’, ‘at’ and ‘under’ are the prepositions. GuessContinue reading “Prepositional phrases”

Coordinating Conjunctions

Coordinating conjunctions help us connect different ideas expressed via our sentences so our overall writing flows smoothly from sentence to sentence and paragraph to paragraph. There are 7 coordinating conjunctions in the English language: for – I buy meaty treats at weekends for the looks on my cats’ faces as they devour them. (for isContinue reading “Coordinating Conjunctions”

Upper Intermediate Writing

Showing examiners that you can interpret, understand and present opinions is a great skill and will definitely help towards catapulting your writing into an advanced stage, if you master the skill properly! In exams (like IELTS for example) it can be very stressful worrying about all the different aspects of grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc, etc,Continue reading “Upper Intermediate Writing”

Modal Verbs

Modal verbs help speakers/writers express their subjective attitudes and/or opinions about things. These include possibility, probability, obligation, necessity, desirability, to name a few. In no particular order, here are some of the more commonly used modal verbs in English (with definitions in brackets) could (ability, permission, possibility, request) can (possibility, permission, ability, suggestion, request) mayContinue reading “Modal Verbs”

Adverbs with Cats

The cat stretched before going back to sleep The cat stretched lazily before going back to sleep. Which one sounds better? Which one helps create a richer picture in your mind if you close your eyes and try to visualize the cat? The 2nd one does because it gives the reader a little more informationContinue reading “Adverbs with Cats”

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