Archive for the ‘English Grammar’ Category

Common mistakes in the use of verbs

May 8th, 2013 in English Grammar

The tense of the sentence is indicated by the form of the verb. Unfortunately verbs cause confusion all the time. In this lesson, we will take a look at some of the common mistakes in the use of verbs.

Semicolon misuse

May 7th, 2013 in English Grammar

Semicolons are not nearly as common as full stops or commas. They are mainly used in cases where two clauses are grammatically independent but the meaning is closely related.

It as a preparatory subject

May 5th, 2013 in English Grammar

An infinitive can be used as the subject of a clause; however, this is not very common. When the subject of a clause is an infinitive expression, we usually prefer to start the sentence with an it.

Relative pronouns used as an object in a restrictive relative clause

May 2nd, 2013 in English Grammar

We have already learned that a relative pronoun can act as the object in a relative clause. When a relative pronoun acts as an object, it may be omitted. This omission of the relative pronoun is more common in an informal style.

Using get

May 1st, 2013 in English Grammar

Get is used in a number of patterns and has a number of meanings. Get can be followed by a direct object. In this case, it means obtain, receive or buy.

Tenses exercise

April 30th, 2013 in English Grammar

In the following passage from George Orwell’s Shooting an elephant, some of the verbs have been deliberately omitted. Supply the appropriate tense for each missing verb, the plain form of which is given in brackets.

Place prepositions

April 29th, 2013 in English Grammar

To talk about place, we use the following prepositions.

In

In is used to talk about position inside large areas and in three-dimensional space.

  • He is in his room.