Archive for March, 2011

Verbs that are easily confused

March 31st, 2011 in Improve English

Infinitive / simple past / past participle

Fall / fell / fallen

Feel / felt / felt

Fill / filled / filled

Find / found / found

Before as a preposition and a conjunction

March 30th, 2011 in Words

As a conjunction before means ‘previously to the time when’. The conjunction before joins two clauses together. Note that before and its clause can come either before or after the other clause.

Know and know how to

March 29th, 2011 in Improve English

Know how + infinitive

Know cannot be followed directly by an infinitive. We use the structure know how to.

I know how to swim. (NOT I know to swim.)

More about reflexive pronouns

March 28th, 2011 in English Grammar

Reflexive pronouns are words like myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself, oneself, ourselves, themselves, yourselves etc.


A common use of reflexive pronouns is to talk about actions where the subject and the object are the same person.

Position of adverbs: detailed rules

March 26th, 2011 in Improve English

Mid-position adverbs usually go after auxiliary verbs, after be (is, am, are, was, were) and before other verbs.

Between and Among

March 25th, 2011 in Words

Between is used to say that somebody or something is between two or more clearly separate people or things. We use among when somebody or something is in a group of people or things which we do not see separately.

Adjectives without nouns

March 24th, 2011 in Improve English

We cannot usually leave out a noun after an adjective.

She is a beautiful girl. (NOT She is a beautiful.)

    But there are some exceptions.

    The + adjective