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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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Our students need a lot of practice with grammatical forms. While textbooks, the Internet and our own minds can provide exercises and activities, sometimes we’ve exhausted those resources or don’t […]
By Maggie Vosters, on November 12th, 2015 2 Comments
The definition of a run-on sentence is, “two or more independent clauses that are written as a single sentence but are not connected with appropriate punctuation or conjunctions.” The title […]
Anyone who has taught an intermediate grammar course knows that the verb have is the source of many more student questions than a novice teacher might expect. Confusion might ensue […]