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 →

How to Write Like a Pro: Sentence Length (Subordinating Conjunctions & Complex Sentences)

Ok, so you’ve mastered the compound sentence with the previous article! Now that you know how to use basic conjunctions, check out some special ones: subordinating conjunctions. Subordinating Conjunctions Move your writing another step in the right direction by learning to use subordinating conjunctions to express more complicated relationships. These conjunctions include words like after,... Continue Reading →

How to Write Like a Pro: Sentence Length (Coordinating Conjunctions & Compound Sentences)

What is it that sets basic writing apart from writing that sounds natural? You can improve your English writing. You can do it easily. Sentence length changes the impression. Use different lengths. Then your writing will sound more confident. Can you tell how simplistic these sentences seem? They’re so short. It makes the ideas feel... Continue Reading →

What’s the difference between a phrase and a sentence? And what about clauses? (Part 2)

This time, let’s talk about clauses! Last time, we said phrases are simply any group of words that go together. Clauses, however, have a few more rules. A clause must include both a subject and a verb, as in the examples below. because the essay was interesting he really doesn’t like traveling I am writing... Continue Reading →

What’s the difference between a phrase and a sentence? And what about clauses? (Part 1)

Well, first we have to straighten out which is which. A phrase is the least complicated unit, followed by clauses and sentences. Let’s take a look: Phrases! A phrase is any set of words that seem to go together. English speakers associate words in small groups according to meaning. For example, in the sentence The... Continue Reading →

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