More on Conjunctions

November 19th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

A conjunction is a word which merely joins two words, clauses or sentences. Note that a conjunction does not modify or qualify the words/clauses/sentences it joins.

Common Errors with Prepositions

November 18th, 2009 in Common Mistakes, English Grammar, Vocabulary, Words

Incorrect: He is ill since last week.
Correct: He has been ill since last week.
Incorrect: He has been working since two hours.
Correct: He has been working for two hours.
Incorrect: I have not played cricket since a long time.
Correct: I have not played cricket for a long time.

Words Commonly Confused (Similar Sound) – Part II

November 18th, 2009 in Vocabulary, Words

Allowed and Aloud

Allowed is a verb. To allow is to let something happen.

They allowed me to go.
Children are not allowed to enter the bar.

Words Commonly Confused (Similar Sound) – Part I

November 18th, 2009 in Vocabulary, Words

Whether and weather

Whether is a conjunction used to introduce alternatives.

Omission of the Articles: Cases Where Articles are Not Used

November 17th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

The articles are not used:

1.    Before proper, material and abstract nouns used in a general sense:

London, France, Tom, gold, rice, honesty, virtue

Uses of the Definite Article – Part II

November 17th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

The definite article the is used:

6.    When we refer to the imaginary geographical lines:

The Equator, The Tropic of Cancer, The Tropic of Capricorn, The Longitude, The Latitude

Uses of the Definite Article

November 17th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

The definite article the is used in the following cases:

1.    When a singular noun represents a whole class.