Archive for November, 2009

Correct Use of the Present Perfect Tense – Part I

November 22nd, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

The present perfect tense is used to represent an action which has been completed within a period of time that extends up to the present. The present perfect tense can also be used to talk about actions which cannot be attributed to a definite point of time.

Formation of Adverbs

November 21st, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

By adding –ly to an adjective:

Strange, strangely; brave, bravely; beautiful, beautifully; able, ably; cheerful, cheerfully; modest, modestly; probable, probably; selfish, selfishly; vigorous, vigorously

Interrogative and Relative Adverbs

November 21st, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Adverbs which are used for asking questions are called interrogative adverbs. There are several different kinds of interrogative adverbs.

Interrogative Adverbs of Time

Examples are: when, how long, how early, how soon etc.

Kinds of Adverbs

November 21st, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

There are three kinds of adverbs – Simple, Interrogative and Relative. The vast majority of adverbs belong to the first group; there are very few adverbs of the second and third types.

Correct Use of Some Conjunctions

November 21st, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

While

While is a subordinating conjunction. It usually introduces subordinating clauses of time. But sometimes while also expresses contrast.

Correlative Conjunctions – Part II

November 20th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Such…as

It wasn’t such a pleasant journey as we thought it would be.
She is not such a fool as you think her to be.

No sooner … than

Correlative Conjunctions

November 20th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Conjunctions which are always used in pairs are called correlative conjunctions. Note that most correlative conjunctions are of the coordinating type.

Examples are: either…or, neither…nor, not only…but also…, not…but, though…yet, both…and, so…that etc.