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When ‘Have’ Can Have Progressive Aspect

By Maggie Vosters, on July 9th, 2015 1 Comment

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 […]


‘It’ or ‘This?’

By Nigel.Caplan, on July 9th, 2015 No Comments

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 […]


When Tense and Pronunciation Interact

By jennifer.brooke, on July 9th, 2015 No Comments

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 […]

Larry Zwier

Modifying Indefinite Pronouns

By Larry.Zwier, on June 4th, 2015 No Comments

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 […]


Grammar Books, Information Technology, and Other Noun Modifiers

By Nigel.Caplan, on June 4th, 2015 No Comments

A very common way to modify a noun is with another noun. These noun + noun structures are tricky because students are often unsure whether to choose a noun or […]

Larry Zwier

Using ‘Actually’ to Soften Statements of Disagreement

By Larry.Zwier, on June 4th, 2015 No Comments

The adverb actually doesn’t get enough attention. Many Americans treat it as if it were a Britishism—in jokingly putting on a British accent, they might say actually—but that’s a mistake. […]


Whose Error is it Anyway: Error Correction as Improvisational Game

By Nigel.Caplan, on May 7th, 2015 2 Comments

I’ve always found oral error correction to be much more difficult and less likely to stick than corrective written feedback. The attention to form in a spoken correction or recast […]

Larry Zwier

Quantifier Quandaries: ‘Much, Many’, and ‘A Lot Of’

By Larry.Zwier, on May 7th, 2015 1 Comment

Changes in Use of Much In its use as a quantifier, much has had a bad century or so.  A sentence that is (strictly speaking) grammatical, like “We have much […]

Alice Savage

Are Phrasal Verbs Vocabulary or Grammar?

By Alice.Savage, on May 7th, 2015 1 Comment

My intermediate grammar class has arrived at the chapter on phrasal verbs, and I am faced with the question: How do I teach the grammar of phrasal verbs?  In the […]


From Everyday to Academic Writing Style: Part (2) From Verbs to Nouns

By Nigel.Caplan, on April 2nd, 2015 No Comments

Last month, I showed the first of two techniques for turning less formal writing into a more academic style. This article looks at another very common feature of academic writing: […]

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