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Possessive Nouns

What is a Possessive? We can guarantee you that you cannot speak the English language without using possessives (or possessive determiners). Possessives are everywhere, and you most likely use them regardless of whether you know what it is or not,…

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. Though many languages (such as German or Russian) have rather vague rules for the order…

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 loves walking, skiing, and skateboarding. We totally went hiking, bungee jumping, and snowboarding last week.…

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 or events that are regular or permanent. Example: I usually get up at 6 a.m.…

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. When to Use? Cases Examples * Describe an action or event that takes place at…

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. When to Use Cases Examples * To express a sudden change of mind. – Jake…

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 event is predicted Example: – Alien invaders from outer space will arrive to Earth…

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 matter if it is true or false. When to Use? Case  1: * To express…

Future Perfect Tense

What is It? Uses will have + a verb in the past tense (part particle) or am/is/are + going to have + a verb in the past (past particle) to show that an action will be completed before an event…

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 used to show what kind of noun follows it—definite (use the) or indefinite (use a/an).…

Evidence Support

Supporting evidence is one of the most crucial components of academic writing. Evidence is what makes your claims credible; it is important to support each of your key ideas with facts, scientific research, and other data from external sources. It…

How to Use Colons 

What is a Colon Needed For? A colon (:) is a punctuation mark used to start any kind of enumeration or lists. It is also used in titles and subtitles of books, business or formal letters, to distinguish hours from…

Past Simple Tense

What is It? The past simple tense is used to express the notion that an action began and was completed at a certain time in the past. At times, the speaker may not tell the specific time, but he or…

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 before another action in the past. 1. I had never seen such a beautiful desert…

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 verb in the present tense (present particle) to show how much time it will take…

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 or to describe something that has been scheduled. When to Use? Cases Examples * When…

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 Use a Semicolon: 1. To combine two sentences that have no conjunction (but, yet….). Example:…

How to Use Commas

The general rule for commas is that we use them to make reading more understandable by separating parts of a sentence so that readers don’t get confused about what a certain text means. When to Use a Comma 1. Separating…

Proper Use of Dashes

There are two types of dashes: the en dash ( – ) and em dash ( — ). When to Use the En Dash: 1. To show periods of time. Example: I will be in Poland from the 23rd-25th of…

Subordinate Clauses

What’s the Difference Between Independent and Subordinate Clauses? English sentences can exist in the form of both independent and subordinate clauses. An independent clause is a complete sentence that contains a subject, a verb, and conveys a complete thought (or…

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