Archive for December, 2010

Articles: special rules and exceptions

December 8th, 2010 in Improve English

Kind of / sort of etc

The article a/an is usually left out after kind of, sort of, type of and similar expressions.

Structures with it

December 7th, 2010 in Improve English

It is used as the preparatory subject in a number of structures.

It + be + adjective + of + noun/pronoun + to-infinitive

Misplaced modifiers

December 6th, 2010 in Improve English

A modifier is a word or phrase which limits the meaning of another word. For example consider the phrase my bag. We can limit the applicability of this phrase by introducing various modifiers into it: my new bag, my old bag, my expensive bag, my designer bag etc.

Verbs with prepositions and particles

December 5th, 2010 in English Grammar

Two word verbs

A number of English verbs can be followed by prepositions or adverb particles.

Idioms and phrasal verbs with keep

December 2nd, 2010 in Vocabulary

Keep hold of something: don’t let it go

Keep something in mind: remember it

Keep one’s temper: remain calm

Ann was really upset with Joe, but she kept her temper.

What are homographs and homophones

December 1st, 2010 in Improve English

A homograph is one of two or more words of different meaning which are spelled in the same way. Homographs may be pronounced the same or differently. For example, the noun bear (the name of a large animal) and the verb bear (as in, I can’t bear this) are homographs which have identical pronunciation whereas the noun lead (the name of a metal) and the verb lead (as in, The Minister will lead the rally) are homographs with different pronunciation.