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”

Correlative conjunctions

These are yet another type of conjunction (and I bet you’re wondering why on Earth you wanted to learn English?) Well just like the other two types of conjunctions in my previous previous posts, these also combine words or phrases but they do so in a different way. Don’t worry, learning them isn’t as badContinue reading “Correlative conjunctions”

Subordinating conjunctions

Subordinating conjunctions are words and phrases that link dependent clauses with independent clauses. Such words or phrases show how dependent clauses add further information to the independent clause it is attached to. Sentences with an independent clause and at least one dependent clause are called complex sentences. Master how subordinating conjunctions function and you willContinue reading “Subordinating conjunctions”

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”

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”

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