Archive for November, 2010

What exactly is standard English?

November 30th, 2010 in Style Guide

Standard English is that particular variety of English which is regarded as appropriate for most types of public discourse. This is the kind of English used for broadcasting and in almost all publication. It is also the kind of English used in conversation with anyone other than intimates.

Come and Go

November 29th, 2010 in Words

Come is used for movements to the place where the speaker or hearer is or was or will be.

Future tense in English

November 28th, 2010 in Improve English

The future tense is a tense which correlates with time later than the time of speaking. While some languages like Spanish, French and Italian have a distinct future tense, English has no future tense at all. In English, we have many ways of talking about future time. All of these involve present-tense forms:

Nouns, noun phrases and noun clauses

November 26th, 2010 in Improve English

The label noun refers to the part of speech which includes the words dog, tree, house, number and honesty. The easiest way to identify nouns is to consider the following frames: The ————– was sweet; The —————— were sweet. Any single word which can fill one of the blanks to produce a grammatical sentence is a noun, because the English grammar permits nouns, and only nouns, to fill such positions. So for example, girl(s), boy(s), apple(s), mango(es) and several other similar words can fit into one of the blanks, and hence these words can be nouns in English.

If clauses – alternate forms

November 24th, 2010 in Improve English

If…should; if…happen to

We can suggest that something is unlikely by using should in the if-clause. Note that would cannot be used instead of should.

Neither, Nor and Neither…nor

November 23rd, 2010 in Vocabulary

Neither means ‘not one and not the other of two’. It is used before a singular noun.

Neither statement is true.

Neither of

Have: Common expressions

November 22nd, 2010 in Improve English

The structure ‘have + object’ is often used to talk about actions and experiences. This is common in an informal style.