If Clauses – Part II

November 29th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Type 3 conditional (Impossible condition)

Here we use a past perfect tense in the if clause and would have + past participle in the result clause.

If Clauses

November 29th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

A conditional sentence must have at least two clauses: a conditional clause and a result clause. The conditional clause usually states a condition and the result clause states what will happen if the condition is fulfilled.

Position of Frequency Adverbs

November 29th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Frequency adverbs tell how often something happens. Examples are: often, never, always, sometimes, generally, usually, seldom, rarely, hardly, ever, frequently etc.

Position of Frequency Adverbs

More on Subject and Object Complements

November 28th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Subject Complement

Read the sentences given below:

The Predicate

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That part of the sentence which does not include the subject is called the predicate.

The Subject

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An English sentence must have at least one subject and one predicate. The subject denotes the person or thing about which something is said.
The subject is usually the first noun or noun phrase in a sentence and it represents the thing that the rest of the sentence is about. The subject may consist of one word or several words but it must still have a noun or pronoun it. The main word in the subject is called the subject-word.

Anomalous Finites – Part III

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

To emphasize an affirmative statement

The anomalous finites do, does and did can be placed before the verb to show emphasis. Note that after do, does and did, we use a verb in its present tense form.