All Blog Posts Tagged 'grammar' (81)


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Causative Verbs and Exercises

Good morning, everyone! :)

Borrowing the quote from Adaline, "Knowledge has no value unless we use and share it", I would like to discuss about grammar.

In this session, I will discuss 'Causative Verb'. From my observation, it is one of the grammatical mistakes commonly made by learners here. Please just ask OR tell me if you have any…

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Added by Onee-chan on November 7, 2018 at 5:30 — 17 Comments


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Blog Challenge ~ Not only...but also

Good morning, dear Learners and Teachers, Newbies and Seniors. ^_^

How are you today? I hope you’re pretty well. Have you learned new grammar or memorized new vocabulary today? How great to see there are many games these days. I'm sure it will enrich our vocabulary. :))

To boost our English writing skill, I'd like to invite you to practice writing with…

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Added by Onee-chan on January 29, 2018 at 6:00 — 18 Comments

Some Explanations: Not only...But Also, As Well As, Both

My friends, I decided to post this blog to explain how to use so called inclusives as the sentence with one of them causes a lot of problems on my current test. I came across such mistakes in many blogs and it is time to tell you about such constructions.

The expressions not only ... but also, both ... and, and as well as mean in addition to. Like entities must be used together (noun with noun, adjective with adjective, etc.). All forms must be parallel.…

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Added by Danny Clark on May 14, 2017 at 15:30 — 18 Comments

The Gerund or the Infinitive?

Dear friends, I have been asked more than once to write a blog about the gerund and the infinitive. You know there are some verbs and adjectives followed by the gerund as well as the verbs and adjectives followed by the infinitive only. But the problem is that the lists from different sources are not exactly the same. So, I decided to choose the lists from the TOEFL Preparation Guide.…

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Added by Danny Clark on May 11, 2017 at 12:30 — 17 Comments

My Nightmares: due to Your Mistakes

My friends, the idea of this blog is not mine. One of our learners, our dear Bet, asked me why not to write a story based on the mistakes you all make in your comments, blogs, my tests and so on.  I liked the idea at once as I usually joke about your mistakes trying to show what you say.

Well, for you to understand my humor, I am writing the wrong sentences together with my explanations.

  1. “I tried my pants”. This mistake hadn’t been corrected until I said the…
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Added by Danny Clark on May 8, 2017 at 17:00 — 21 Comments

Find and Correct the Mistakes XVIII (Upper-Intermediate/Advanced)

My friends, I hope you have had some rest from my grammar tests. So, I am back with my next grammar task for you not to relax completely. This time I have decided to add some Subjunctive and inversion. Please, be attentive as this test is not a piece of cake. You know my mistakes are unpredictable and there are a lot…

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Added by Danny Clark on May 6, 2017 at 12:00 — 97 Comments

SHALL and WILL in Modern English

A few days ago I was asked to to expain how to use SHALL and WILL and I decided to post this blog for everyone to be able to read it.

To use SHALL/SHOULD with the first-person subject sounds old-fasionate now.

In modern English, especially in American English SHALL is used very rarely. Internationally, WILL is the standard choice for expressing future plans and expectations,…

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Added by Danny Clark on April 29, 2017 at 14:30 — 23 Comments

The Direct Speech and its Punctuation: for Those Who Like Writing

Dear friends, as you all like writing different stories using the direct speech and quotations, I decided to tell you how to do it correctly. Here are a few easy rules we should follow.

1. We should always quote the direct speech, the quotations and the words we use in some figurative sense.

She said, “I am leaving.” (The direct speech)

I believe “there is no place like home.” (A proverb)

Mishaikh said, “I have been “run over” by…

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Added by Danny Clark on April 29, 2017 at 13:30 — 16 Comments

Some Explanations: Few/A few/ Some/Several/Many......

My friends, checking out your answers on my grammar tests and reading your blogs, I noticed many of you not know the difference between FEW and A FEW, LITTLE and A LITTLE. Besides, one of our learners asked me to post the blog about these confusing words. So, today I will tell you about them.

I believe you all know  we use many/few/a few with countable nouns while we use much/little/a little with non-countable ones. These words as well as some others…

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Added by Danny Clark on April 18, 2017 at 11:25 — 11 Comments

Some More Explanations: the Infinitive Complex Subject

My friends, I see many of you have no idea of such a construction, so let me tell you about it. Its structure is:

                          A Subject + a predicate + the infinitive

We can say, there are two general cases:

  1. The predicate is in the passive voice.  We use such a construction if the predicate is one of the verbs denoting sense perception, mental activity, suggestion, consideration, information. Here are some examples:

He is…

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Added by Danny Clark on April 2, 2017 at 14:30 — 2 Comments

Find and Correct the Mistakes XVII (Upper-Intermediate)

My friends, I have explained almost all I could. I will go on posting the explanatory blogs if somebody reads them. I have added some other constructions, but the idea is for you to lean something new. Again, you should concentrate on the nonfinite forms, but there are also other…

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Added by Danny Clark on March 31, 2017 at 17:30 — 109 Comments

More Explanations: the Infinitive or the Subordinate Clause?

Well, my friends and learners, as usual I’d like to explain some sentences from my tests for you to gain some knowledge. Today, I will explain some infinitive constructions as you seem to have a lot of doubts about using them.

Here are my incorrect sentences from my tests.

1.  The question was very unexpected that I could not answer it.

2.  You know English well enough so that you can write such great blogs.

Of course, you…

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Added by Danny Clark on March 28, 2017 at 18:09 — 5 Comments

Find and Correct the Mistakes XVI (Upper-intermediate)

Well, here is your new task. This test is mostly on the nonfinite forms, but there are also some other mistakes. So, be attentive, please! You know what to do.

  1. You know English enough well so that you can write great blogs.
  2. My suit wanted to clean, so I went to the cleaner’s to remove the…
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Added by Danny Clark on March 27, 2017 at 14:30 — 122 Comments


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EC's ESL Forums

Yes, 'EC' is the abbreviation for 'Englishclub', while 'MyEC' stands for 'myEnglishclub'.

I used to spend so much time learning English on EC until 'MyEC' was created by EC's founder Josef Essberger- I really enjoyed the time spent on EC, which is probably the best website to learn English. 

I'd recommend EC's ESL Forums to you. Some of…

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Added by Expector Smith on March 4, 2017 at 2:30 — 6 Comments

Writing Challenge: My Story Behind the Picture

ABDUCTED WIFE…

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Added by Yeshiwua on February 22, 2017 at 22:00 — 6 Comments

HAPPINESS

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Added by Yeshiwua on February 20, 2017 at 3:41 — No Comments

Tonight Grammar Lesson #1

I always visit my parents every night with my son while his father still runs our restaurant.What about you guys? What do you always and usually do before you go…

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Added by Rina Evalinde on January 3, 2017 at 12:06 — 1 Comment

10 Hacks to Speed English Language Learning Process

Learning English as a second language has proved to be a major challenge for many people. You may know the grammar and are able to write, but still don’t feel confident enough about speaking. Or you may simply feel that learning English is a huge undertaking that you are simply not ready for. Do not…

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Added by Dante Munnis on October 18, 2016 at 13:28 — 3 Comments


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Expector's Tips on English Usage (3): 'I don't think...'

Yes, you say "I don't think it is the case.", rather than "I think it is not the case.",  if you think something is not the case. 

That is, if 'think', 'suppose', 'believe' or 'imagine' is used to introduce a negative idea, you say 'I don't think...', 'I don't suppose...', etc. The usage is called 'transferred negation'. 

You also say 'I don't think so.', 'I don't suppose so.', etc - in a negative 'short answer' structure. 

The word…

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Added by Expector Smith on September 30, 2016 at 12:00 — 14 Comments


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Ap++

Since I received a lot of encouraging comments about a grammar topic in one of my blogs a few months ago, I couldn’t help myself sharing with you another lesson that’d be useful in your writing.

Alright, what comes to your mind when you hear a grammatical term such as an appositive? Do you have…

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Added by Robbie on August 26, 2016 at 17:00 — 23 Comments

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