Tenses – Part II

October 30th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

We have seen that the past perfect tense is used to talk about a completed past action. Note that when two past actions have to be mentioned, the past perfect is used for the earlier of the two, and the simple past for the later.

Tenses – Part I

October 30th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

The tense of a verb shows not only the time of the action but also whether it is complete or not. There are three tenses in English:

Common Errors in the Use of Verbs – Part II

October 29th, 2009 in Common Mistakes, ESL

Incorrect: He has stole my pen.
Correct: He has stolen my pen.
Incorrect: John has often beat me at tennis.
Correct: John has often beaten me at tennis.

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.