Category: Grammar Explanation

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Grammar: Gerunds After Prepositions

1. Gerund after prepositions that stand alone after: After having a shower, I waited for Steven. before: The tablet must not be taken before getting up in the morning. by: I manage it by working much longer than 40-hour weeks. in spite of: In spite of studying a...

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TOO MUCH vs MUCH TOO

MUCH MUCH  indicates a big quantity of an uncountable substance or element  (one that you can’t count). example: There’s so much snow on the roads at present… TOO MUCH If the quantity becomes too big (a negative opinion of the quantity), much is preceded...

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Vocabulary: Compound Nouns

What is a Compound Noun? Compound nouns are words for people, animals, places, things, or ideas, made up of two or more words. Most compound nouns are made with nouns that have been modified by adjectives or other...

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Grammar: Noun As Adjective

As you know, a noun is a person, place or thing, and an adjective is a word that describes a noun: adjective noun clever teacher small office black horse   Sometimes we use a...

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Grammar: Describing Time

FOR “For” is used in time expressions to talk about the duration of an action. “I have worked in this company for 11 years”. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have information on the...

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Grammar: MUCH / MANY / FEW / LITTLE

1. When do we use much and when many? Both of these words are used in Questions and Negatives. Do not use these words with Affirmative verbs. much: uncountable nouns (milk, marmalade, money, time...

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Grammar: Unreal Conditionals

We use this kind of conditional when we talk about something that is not real: either something that is impossible or something that is imaginary or very unlikely. We move the tenses back one...

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Grammar: Conditionals Explained In Depth

A conditional is made up of two parts: the “if-clause” and the “main clause”. We can put either one first and it doesn’t change the meaning. We usually use a comma when we put the...

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Grammar: Modal Verbs – Would

“Would” (pronounced “wood”) is most commonly used to create conditional verb forms. It also serves as the past form of the modal verb “will.” Additionally, “would” can indicate repetition in the past (although “used...

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Grammar: So or Such

The following is a mini-tutorial on the use of “so” and “such.” After you have studied the tutorial, complete the associated exercises. If you already know how to use “so” and “such,” you can...