Irregular verbs (Advanced)

I’m going to give you a short list of 20 of some of English’s less common irregular verbs. Try them out over the holidays. I guess for you advanced learners, these are just practice, but for all those intermediates out there who want to leap up a level… why not give them a try andContinue reading “Irregular verbs (Advanced)”

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”

Infinitives or Gerunds?

Try out the following exercises for more practice with gerunds and infinitives, see if you can fill the gaps correctly. And yes, every example will be featuring cats with either an -ing or an infinitive (with/without TO) Mia wasn’t used __________ out of her new metal bowl. (EAT) The vet advised me __________ Oscar backContinue reading “Infinitives or Gerunds?”

Gerunds

Gerunds are words formed by adding -ing to the ends of verbs (walk+ing, eating, shopping, writing and so on). Gerunds turn verbs into nouns. In sentences gerunds can have one of several functions: FUNCTION 1 Gerunds can be used as the subject when it is a noun and it is the action described by theContinue reading “Gerunds”

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”

Relative clauses and relative pronouns

Relative pronouns make it very clear which particular person or thing is being discussed e.g. Jackie O is our bright white cat who gave birth to triplets last year. Relative clauses also give more information about things or people e.g. Jackie O, who is a three year old, short-tailed cat, is the mother of PrincessContinue reading “Relative clauses and relative pronouns”

Indefinite articles again…

So why are there 2 indefinite articles? (You’re wondering) Well, that’s easy-ish… we use ‘a’ before adjectives or nouns whose first letter is a consonant and we use ‘an’ before adjectives or nouns whose first letter is a vowel. And if that was all there was to it, this would be the end of thisContinue reading “Indefinite articles again…”

Indefinite articles

Well in a previous post we looked at the English definite article ‘the’. In this post I want to go over the English indefinite article a/an. Quick re-cap: We use ‘the’ to talk about something known to the speaker and the listener. However, when discussing something(s) unknown we use a/an instead. Why? Have you seenContinue reading “Indefinite articles”

Adjectives – Have a specific order

As native speakers, of any language, we don’t always know specific rules for why things are the way they are with language, but we just ‘know’ instinctively. The order of adjectives in English is one of those types of rules. If you have an English friend, try asking them if they know the actual orderContinue reading “Adjectives – Have a specific order”

Modal Verbs 2

This post is to give you a little bit more information about modal verbs. I introduced modals in an earlier post (please do take a look, if you haven’t already) but I didn’t want to cram everything I possibly could into one piece of writing because then you’re likely to get a massive headache andContinue reading “Modal Verbs 2”

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