Correct Use of the Present Perfect Tense – Part II

November 22nd, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Common Errors with the Present present tense

‘Where is Alice?’ ‘She has been to the market.’ (Wrong)
She has gone to the market. (Right)

Explanation

Correct Use of the Present Perfect Tense – Part I

November 22nd, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

The present perfect tense is used to represent an action which has been completed within a period of time that extends up to the present. The present perfect tense can also be used to talk about actions which cannot be attributed to a definite point of time.

Formation of Adverbs

November 21st, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

By adding –ly to an adjective:

Strange, strangely; brave, bravely; beautiful, beautifully; able, ably; cheerful, cheerfully; modest, modestly; probable, probably; selfish, selfishly; vigorous, vigorously

Interrogative and Relative Adverbs

November 21st, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Adverbs which are used for asking questions are called interrogative adverbs. There are several different kinds of interrogative adverbs.

Interrogative Adverbs of Time

Examples are: when, how long, how early, how soon etc.

Kinds of Adverbs

November 21st, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

There are three kinds of adverbs – Simple, Interrogative and Relative. The vast majority of adverbs belong to the first group; there are very few adverbs of the second and third types.

Correct Use of Some Conjunctions

November 21st, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

While

While is a subordinating conjunction. It usually introduces subordinating clauses of time. But sometimes while also expresses contrast.

Correlative Conjunctions – Part II

November 20th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Such…as

It wasn’t such a pleasant journey as we thought it would be.
She is not such a fool as you think her to be.

No sooner … than