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Balance of Commas

Commas are commonly used either too often or too little. It is a plague in a writer’s style when either of these instances happen. The…

Present Perfect Continuous Tense

What is It? The present perfect continuous tense shows how an action which started in the past is still going on. When to Use? Cases…

Prepositions in English

What is a Preposition? We can think of prepositions (on, at, in…) as small verbs that help describe something. But without a word following it…

Past Perfect Subjunctive Tense

What is It? Using had + past verb (past particle) to express actions or events that could of happened or someone had wished had happened.…

Past Habitual Tense

What is It? It deals with the verbs used to or would, or the simple past tense of a verb (I saw, you called). When…

Past Intensive Tense

What is It? It lets readers know an event happened for sure by confirmation. When to Use? Case Examples * To make clear how a…

How to Avoid Inconsistencies

What is Inconsistent Writing? Imagine you have written three chapters of your novel, describing the main character as a nice person with pleasant manners and…

Typo Mistakes

What is a Typo? Any skilled writer is familiar with such a typical but pesky flaw as typos. A typo is often an entirely mechanical…

Syntax in English

What is Syntax? Syntax is a crucial part of English grammar. In general, syntax is a system of principles used to organize words in sentences.…

Parallel Sentence Structure

What is It? A pattern or list of words with each word having the same importance or having the same form. -ing Phrases Examples: David…

Present Simple Tense

What is It? The present simple tense is needed to show long-term and permanent actions. When to Use? Cases and Examples * To indicate actions…

Present Continuous Tense

What is It? The present continuous tense shows that an action or event is happening now and will be happening in the future as well.…

Past Continuous Tense

What is It? It shows unfinished actions in the past―such that have begun before now, and are still in process at the moment of speaking.…

Future Simple Tense

What is It? The future tense is needed to show that certain events are just about to happen. When to Use? Cases: * When a…

Future in the Past Tense

What is It? It is used to show that in the past, a speaker thought about something that would happen in future. It does not…

How to Use Articles

What is It? An article is a type of adjective that is always used together with a noun and carries information about it. Articles are…

Past Perfect Tense

What is It? The past perfect is had + a verb in passive voice (past particle). When to Use? Cases Examples *Show how something happened…

Future Perfect Continuous Tense

What is It? Uses will have been + a verb in the present tense (present particle) or am/is/are + going to have been + a…

Future Continuous Tense

What is It? Using will/won’t + be + verb (present particle) when you want to say an action will be in progress in the future…

Using Semicolons

The general rule with semicolons: before and after a semicolon, there needs to be independent clauses, or phrases that could be complete sentences. When to…

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