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1. Coordinating Conjunctions

BOYFANSWe have seven coordinating conjunctions, and you can remember them by referring to the acronym BOYFANS. B ...

1. Do All Adverbs End in -ly?

What happened to the -ly ending?We use the ‑ly ending to add to adjectives to convert them to adverbs. Thus, the adjective easy becomes the adverb easily, the adjective rapid becomes the ad...

1. Personal Pronouns

I, Me, My, Mine, We, Us, Our, Ours, etc.Let’s start with the personal pronouns, those that take the place of people or other living or once-living beings...

1. Simple Prepositions

Little but Important WordsIn the English language we have approximately 70 simple prepositions. About half of them have two syllables (under, over, behind, without) or more (underneath, notwithstanding)....

2. Correlative Conjunctions

Power WordsThe second kind of conjunction is the correlative conjunction, which comes in pairs of words. Here are the most commonly used:Correlative Conjunctions...

2. Intensive Pronouns - The -self Words

Pronouns that EmphasizeFinally, the ‑self words also serve as intensives, structures enabling us to emphasize. We use them to repeat the noun referred to. In formal style, we put the ‑self word directly afte...

2. Marginal Prepositions

Verbs as PrepositionsMarginal prepositions act like prepositions but derive from other word classes, primarily verb forms:Marginal Prepositionsbarring concerning considering pending&nb...

2. Reflexive Pronouns - The -self Words

Myself and Other MistakesThese are the reflexive ‑self pronouns, and we use them in the objective function to handle situations where the subject and the object of the sentence are ...

2. Where Do Adverbs Go?

Many writers make a mistake.As we learned in the section on verbs, every one-word verb has a one-word present tense and a one-word past tense. Thus: I write and I wrote. These one-word verbs are called s...

3. Compound Prepositions

A Stuffy StyleThese come in two varieties:1. two-word prepositions 2. three-word prepositionsThe two-word varieties include pursuant to, according to, because of, prior to, ...

3. Indefinite Pronouns

One, Each, Somebody, and Many OthersOodles of indefinite pronouns enable us to refer to any one, any two, several, or all in a group or class of persons or things or ideas. As shown in the ...

3. Placing the Word “Only”

According to Garner Oxford, the word only is “the most frequently misplaced of all English words.” Garner Oxford, p. 239. You should put only immediately before the word you intend to limit. The greater the distanc...

3. Subordinating Conjunctions

Starting Dependent ClausesThe third and final type of conjunction introduces subordinate clauses. We have a rather long list of these words, called subordinating conjunctions. Notice our friend, the word that...

4 Hard Issues in the English Language for Non-Native Speakers

Did you know that the letter “e” is the most frequently used symbol in English? Orthat the majority of the English words start with the letter “s”? And oh, here is agood one: the most commonly used words in English are “you...

4. Demonstrative Pronouns

Four Important Words: This, That, These, and ThoseThese four words can serve as demonstrative pronouns or as demonstrative adjectives. This, That, These, Those - Pronouns...

4. What Are the Comparative and Superlative Forms?

Recall in the section on adjectives that we can show various degrees of the descriptive qualities of adjectives: hot plate (positive) hotter plate (comparative) hottest...

5. Relative Pronouns

That or Which? Who or Whom?Smart people get confused over relative pronouns. They use which when it feels good and that when it sounds right, and totally come apa...

6. Interrogative Pronouns

Amber, Igor, and Miss Hamrick had lots of questions they wanted to ask, so they convened the Grammar Committee and devised ways to interrogate members of the tribe. First, they decided to form questions by including an auxiliary verb and then putting...

7. Reciprocal Pronouns

Each Other and One AnotherWe have only two of these pronouns, they come in pairs, and they typically appear as objects: each other and one another. We use them to show some sort of a relati...

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