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Special Uses of Some Adverbs

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

Note the correct use of the following adverbs

Very

Very means ‘to a great degree’. It is commonly used with adjectives or adverbs in the positive degree.

Sequence of Tenses

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

The tense of a verb in the subordinate clause changes in accordance with the tense of the verb in the main clause.

The basic rules are as follows:

Analysis of Clauses – Part II

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

We have seen that the same word may introduce clauses of different kinds. The following examples illustrate this point.

Analysis of a Clause

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

The same word may introduce clauses of different kinds. It is therefore wrong to judge a clause from the word which introduces it. The exact nature of each clause should be figured out from the kind of function it serves in the sentence.

Noun Clauses

December 18th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

A noun clause does the work of a noun. We have seen that a noun serves five purposes, so does a noun clause. Given below are pairs of sentences having similar meanings. One of each pair is constructed with a noun. The other is constructed with a noun clause.

Adverb Clause – Part II

December 18th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Adverb clauses of condition

Adverb Clauses

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

An adverb clause serves as an adverb. It modifies the meaning of (or says something more about) a verb, an adjective or another adverb. Given below are two sentences with similar meanings. One of them is constructed with an adverb and the other is constructed with an adverb clause.