Non-referential Pronouns: It’s Raining!

“They always say a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” Wait, who says? Just who are “they”, the people who always seem to say these platitudes? Some people refer to this as the “omniscient they”: the byline for conventional wisdom quotes that are as well-known as they are unattributed to any... Continue Reading →

Where is the subject in a command?

“Go!” “Come here!” “Do me a favor.” What? Who? Who should do these things? These sentences seem to be made up only of predicate phrases! Where are the subjects? They’re hiding, actually, and that’s what this article will explain. Imperative Sentences These kinds of sentences are known as imperatives — they give a direct command or offer... Continue Reading →

How do you use a colon?

It looks a lot like the semicolon, but the meaning and usage of the colon are different. The colon expresses a clear connection between the parts of the sentence in which it is used: the second clause gives more information about the topic of the first. What are the rules? For a sentence including a colon... Continue Reading →

How do you use a semicolon?

It’s one punctuation mark no one really seems too sure about: the semicolon. In fact, many writers sheepishly avoid using it, making this face pretty appropriate ^^; There’s no need to be hesitant about semicolons, though! They’re a useful tool to add variety to your writing, and you can put them to work for you... Continue Reading →

Countable and Uncountable Nouns

Have you noticed how the plural form of some English words is the same as the singular? Then there are other words for which the plural is completely different. What is going on with these words, and why don’t they follow the same rules? Well, the difference depends on whether the word is a count... Continue Reading →

All About Articles: A, An, and The

These three little words might cause more trouble for English learners than any others. The articles “a”, “an”, and “the” have specific rules of use depending on the word or phrase they modify. With a little explanation, however, you will be able to easily understand which one should be used when. Definite vs. Indefinite Articles... Continue Reading →

Alot, Alright, Already, Altogether…

You’re just writing away, when suddenly you hesitate: should it be “alright” or “all right”? You probably feel like you’ve seen it both ways before, but which one is actually correct? These words are so often misspelled, many people don’t even realize that not all of them are proper English. Alot Although there is a... Continue Reading →

Problematic Prepositions

“I’ll be there in a few minutes! I’m coming…by car? in a car? with a car?” How can you tell which preposition to use when there are so many options and no rules?! What’s a preposition? “I’ll see you at school!”…or should it be “in school”? Prepositions are those little words that tell you where... Continue Reading →

Practice Time! (Phrases, Clauses, Compound, and Complex Sentences)

This post is a set of review exercises to help cement those new English grammar points you’ve learned! We’ll start with some simple identification, then guide you in constructing some compound sentences, and finally provide sentences that have the whole mix so you can flex your grammar muscles by distinguishing between all these concepts in... Continue Reading →

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