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Embedded Questions (Part 2): Questions Inside Questions

By Amy.Tate, on May 24th, 2016 No Comments

In a previous article, we looked at questions embedded inside of sentences. This structure often blows the minds of students, who have worked hard to internalize the rule that the […]

Larry Zwier

Next To, In Front Of, and Other Complex Prepositions

By Larry.Zwier, on May 24th, 2016 No Comments

Prepositions are often lumped in with the “little words” of English, and many of them—on, of, to–are little. However, many of them are not only not little but also not […]

Laura Eickhoff

Where Did “That” Go? — Omitting Relative Pronouns

By Laura Eickhoff, on May 24th, 2016 No Comments

In some relative clauses, a relative pronoun is optional. These are object relative clauses—adjective clauses in which the relative pronoun is the object of the verb in the clause or […]


Corpus-Informed Grammar Teaching

By jennifer.brooke, on February 12th, 2016 No Comments

Even if you’re a native speaker of English, you probably don’t have completely accurate intuitions about the frequency of a word like intuition, for example, or what it collocates most […]


Embedded Questions (Part 1)

By Amy.Tate, on February 12th, 2016 No Comments

Compare the word order in these two utterances: Where is the bathroom?                                   I don’t know where the bathroom is. While the first inverts the subject and verb (is before […]

Alice Savage

The “A” Game: Some Grammar-Pronunciation Fun

By Alice.Savage, on February 12th, 2016 No Comments

I once heard a teacher refer to the schwa as the last sound you’ll ever make on earth, and it could be. The schwa is a small, barely noticeable sound, […]

Alice Savage

Grammar in the Air: Raising Awareness of Real and Possible Conditionals

By Alice.Savage, on December 10th, 2015 1 Comment

In general, grammar likes to be on paper, but grammar in the air can have a big influence on how learners understand and use structures. This is the grammar of […]

Laura Eickhoff

Is Grammar Amazing, or is it Amazed?

By Laura Eickhoff, on December 10th, 2015 1 Comment

We hope most students would agree: Grammar is amazing. We also hope that they would not say it’s amazed. But we all know that English language learners struggle with the […]

Larry Zwier

Compound Quantifiers: Alternatives to Much and Many

By Larry.Zwier, on December 10th, 2015 No Comments

In an article some months ago, I talked about the declining fortunes of the quantifier much. I noted that it has been banished, in large part, to questions (Do you […]


Present Tense, Pattern-Style

By jennifer.brooke, on November 12th, 2015 No Comments

A very basic grid can help you take a snapshot of the basic sentence patterns in English.  There will be time later for more complex considerations of the tense/aspect system […]

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