Archive for June, 2010

As…as; as much/many …as

June 14th, 2010 in English Grammar, English Learning

The structure as…as… is used to say that people or things are equal in some way.

Should, ought and must

June 13th, 2010 in English Grammar, English Learning

Should and ought have very similar meanings. In fact, they can often replace each other.

We should work hard, shouldn’t we? OR We ought to work hard, shouldn’t we?

Difference between some and any

June 12th, 2010 in English Grammar, English Learning

Both some and any are used to refer to an indefinite quantity or number. They are used when it is not easy or necessary to say exactly how much/many we are thinking of.

Question tags – advanced points

June 11th, 2010 in English Grammar, English Learning

Aren’t I?

The question tag for I am is aren’t I, not amn’t I.

I am late, aren’t I? (NOT I am late, amn’t I?)

Imperative sentences

Correct use of think

June 9th, 2010 in English Grammar, English Learning

To think about something is to have an opinion about something. When think is used to talk about opinions, we do not normally use progressive verb forms.
What do you think of his latest film? (NOT What are you thinking of his latest film?)
Who do you think did this? (NOT Who are you thinking did this?)

Correct use of hyphen

June 6th, 2010 in Improve English, Punctuation

Hyphens are the short lines that we put between the words in expressions like ex-boyfriend and non-alignment.

Two-part adjectives
The hyphen is used in two-part adjectives when the second part ends in -ed or -ing.

Expressions without preposition

June 5th, 2010 in English Grammar, English Learning

We do not normally use prepositions in some common expressions.

After certain verbs
The verbs enter, discuss, marry, lack, approach and resemble are usually followed by direct objects without prepositions.