Anomalous Finites – Part II

November 26th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Verbs in the simple present and simple past tense do not consist of auxiliary verbs. Their negatives are made by the addition of the anomalous finites do not, does not or did not before the main verb.

Anomalous Finites – Part I

November 26th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

The term anomalous finites is used to refer to the group of 24 finites given below:

Words Used as Both Adjectives and Adverbs

November 25th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

There are several words which are used both as adjectives and as adverbs.
Some adjectives formed by adding –ly to nouns are also used as adverbs.

Comparison of Adverbs

November 25th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Adverbs, like adjectives, have three degrees of comparison – the positive, the comparative and the superlative. The different degrees of comparison are formed in different ways:

Position of Adverbs

November 25th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Adverbs should come as near as possible to the verbs they qualify. This is because the meaning of a sentence can change with the change in the position of the adverb.

Introductory It – Part II

November 24th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

When the subject is a clause

When the subject is a clause, the sentence usually begins with it. So instead of saying ‘That he was once a communist is true’, we say, ‘It is true that he was once a communist’.

Introductory It

November 24th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

When the subjective is an infinitive phrase

We begin a sentence with it when the real subject is an infinitive phrase. So instead of saying, ‘To accept your advice is difficult’, we say, ‘It is difficult to accept your advice’.