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Using if

January 6th, 2014 in English Grammar

We use if to introduce a situation that may be real or possible.

If we miss the bus, we will be late for the meeting.

The subordinating conjunction as

November 22nd, 2013 in English Grammar

As can be used a subordinating conjunction. As a subordinating conjunction it is used in different ways.

As = when

As can be used as a subordinating conjunction of time. In this case, it means more or less the same as when.

Adverbials and their position

October 14th, 2013 in English Grammar

An adverbial can be an adverb, an adverb phrase or an adverb clause. In short, any word or phrase that gives us additional information about the time, place or manner of the verb given in the sentence can be considered as an adverbial. Of course, this is a very broad definition.

Adverbial clauses

October 13th, 2013 in English Grammar

Adverbial clauses

A wide variety of different conjunctions are used to introduce adverbial clauses. Common conjunctions used to introduce adverbial clauses are given below.

Using rather

October 9th, 2013 in English Grammar

Rather means ‘to a fairly large degree’.

  • She is rather a pretty woman.
  • I guess I have been rather stupid.

Rather can be used in the following ways:

Should in conditional sentences

September 18th, 2013 in English Grammar

Should is often used in conditional clauses expressing possibilities, suppositions etc. By using should in the if-clause we are suggesting that something is unlikely or not particularly probable.

On the contrary, in contrast

August 7th, 2013 in English Grammar

On the contrary and on the other hand

These expressions have different meanings. On the contrary is used to contradict. It is used to say that what has just been said is not true.