Common Errors in the Use of Verbs – Part I

October 29th, 2009 in Common Mistakes, ESL

Incorrect: He told her that he will come.
Correct: He told her that he would come.

Useful Phrases

October 29th, 2009 in ESL, Vocabulary, Words

Again and again: frequently, repeatedly

We shouldn’t commit the same mistake again and again.

Now and again: once in a while, at times, from time to time, occasionally

More on Sentence Agreement

October 28th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning

The subject must agree with the verb in number and person. Basic rules of sentence agreement are given here.

Use of the Indefinite Article

October 26th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning

The indefinite article (a/an) is used before a noun in the following cases:
a) To convey the numerical sense of one

I have a pen.
There is a cat on the roof.
A hundred kilos make a quintal.

Sentences, Clauses and Phrases – Part II

October 25th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning

Kinds of Sentences

Simple Sentence
A simple sentence consists of a single main clause.

She wrote a letter.
They visited us yesterday.
It is snowing.
We have been waiting for hours.
Good books build character.
Birds of a feather flock together.

Sentences, Clauses and Phrases – Part I

October 25th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning

A sentence is the largest grammatical unit in any language. In English, a sentence always contains a subject and a predicate.

Kinds of Sentences

October 23rd, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning

A sentence is a group of words arranged in a specific order which makes complete sense.

There are different kinds of sentences and they are