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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 […]
The little words it and this don’t carry a lot of meaning, but they are used in different grammatical contexts, and using the wrong word can be confusing. It has […]
I am teaching in Cambodia for a few months, and one of the first things I noticed is the difficulty that ELLs have in pronouncing word-final consonants, and especially consonant […]
Students study indefinite pronouns (e.g. someone, nothing, anywhere) early in their coursework – usually soon after they learn the quantifiers/pronouns some, no/none, and any. This makes sense. They become familiar […]