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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…Continue
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…Continue
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.…Continue
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.…Continue
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.
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…Continue
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,…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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:
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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.
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…Continue