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Larry Zwier

Dangling Participles: Finding the Real Head Noun/Pronoun

By Larry.Zwier, on October 4th, 2016 No Comments

Some geeky colleagues and I play in a band called The Dangling Participles. Inevitably, when we play to a new crowd, someone asks what a dangling participle is. I illustrate […]

Jennifer Brooke

Gamifying the Present Progressive

By jennifer.brooke, on October 4th, 2016 No Comments

Present progressive is a deceptively easy English verb form. It’s used to describe an ongoing action and has a relatively simple formation (form of be + [verb]-ing). However, there are […]

Alice Savage

Playing with Word Forms in Context

By Alice.Savage, on October 4th, 2016 1 Comment

Where do word forms fit? Are they grammar or vocabulary? Many presentations put word forms into part-of-speech tables with columns marked noun, verb, adjective, adverb – a useful way to […]

Jennifer Brooke

Grammatical Em Dashes for Advanced Students

By jennifer.brooke, on July 14th, 2016 No Comments

By the time they reach advanced proficiency, ESL students need to move past the basic rules for punctuation and learn how to use semicolons, dashes, quotation marks, and periods to […]

Larry Zwier

Negative Questions

By Larry.Zwier, on July 14th, 2016 No Comments

Defining Negative Questions Negative questions begin with a negative form of an operator (the verb be, a modal, or an auxiliary verb). A couple of contextually appropriate examples: Aren’t they […]


Teaching the Importance of Hedging Language in Writing Courses

By Maggie Vosters, on July 14th, 2016 No Comments

Defining Hedging We writing teachers frequently ask our students to express their opinions or report on research they have done. When the due date comes around, we get many essays […]


Embedded Questions (Part 2): Questions Inside Questions

By Amy.Tate, on May 24th, 2016 2 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 […]

Jennifer Brooke

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 […]

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