Category: English Grammar (Page 1)

Articles and notes dealing with English grammar and English language usage topics

English Tenses and Aspects 7 - The Habitual Aspect

一看at the difficulties of classifying "used to"

English Tenses and Aspect 6 - The Prospective Aspect

一看at the use of the 'going to' form in English

English Tenses and Aspects 5 - The Retrospective Aspect

一看the the forms traditionally known as the perfect aspect

English Tenses and Aspects 4 - The Durative Aspect

一看at the form traditionally known as the continuous or progressive

English Tenses and Aspect 3 - The Marked Tense

This tense, the traditional 'past simple', sometimes referred to as the preterite, like the unmarked tense, can refer to past, present, future and general time.

English Tenses and Aspect 2 - The Unmarked Tense

It is true that the uses of the unmarked tense can present three major problems for the learner

English Tenses and Aspects 1 - Introduction

I believe the tense/aspect system of English verbs is far less complex than many suppose. There is an underlying logic to the system that, when understood, clears away most of the problems that have caused misery to many learners and their teachers.

Phrasal Verbs - Multi-Word Verbs

一看at the problems phrasal verb present to learners

Conditional Sentences in English: Alternatives to IF

Category:English Grammar Topic:Conditionals
一看at alternatives to 'if' in conditional sentences

Conditional Sentences in English: Introduction

Category:English Grammar Topic:Conditionals
An in-depth look at conditional sentences

Indirect (Reported) Speech

一看at backshifting and other aspects of indirect speech

Problems with the Past Perfect & Past Simple

Category:English Grammar Topic:过去时态
Notes on why native speakers do not always use the past perfect when learners have been told they must, using questions and answers from our forum.

The Past Perfect

Category:English Grammar Topic:过去时态
一看at how the Past Perfect is formed and used in English


Learn how to use 'rather' in English.

Using 'Shall' in British English

Category:English Grammar Topic:Modals
Learn about the use of 'shall' in British English.

Whether and If

Category:English Grammar Topic:Conjunctions
一看at when to use 'whether' and when to use 'if'.

Using 'Wish' in English

一看at how to use the verb 'wish'.

Agreeing and Disagreeing- So do I, Neither do I, etc

The rules for using So do I and Neither do I, etc.

All & Whole

The differences in usage between all and whole.