Archive for November, 2009

The Subject

November 28th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

An English sentence must have at least one subject and one predicate. The subject denotes the person or thing about which something is said.
The subject is usually the first noun or noun phrase in a sentence and it represents the thing that the rest of the sentence is about. The subject may consist of one word or several words but it must still have a noun or pronoun it. The main word in the subject is called the subject-word.

Anomalous Finites – Part III

November 26th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

To emphasize an affirmative statement

The anomalous finites do, does and did can be placed before the verb to show emphasis. Note that after do, does and did, we use a verb in its present tense form.

Anomalous Finites – Part II

November 26th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Verbs in the simple present and simple past tense do not consist of auxiliary verbs. Their negatives are made by the addition of the anomalous finites do not, does not or did not before the main verb.

Anomalous Finites – Part I

November 26th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

The term anomalous finites is used to refer to the group of 24 finites given below:

Words Used as Both Adjectives and Adverbs

November 25th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

There are several words which are used both as adjectives and as adverbs.
Some adjectives formed by adding –ly to nouns are also used as adverbs.

Comparison of Adverbs

November 25th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Adverbs, like adjectives, have three degrees of comparison – the positive, the comparative and the superlative. The different degrees of comparison are formed in different ways:

Position of Adverbs

November 25th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Adverbs should come as near as possible to the verbs they qualify. This is because the meaning of a sentence can change with the change in the position of the adverb.