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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…

Sentences Using Time Expressions

English expressions of time (those that indicate a specific time period during which certain events occur) generally follow the main rules of syntax, which you…

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 Continuous Tense

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

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…

Frequently Misused Words

What is Incorrect Word Usage? Along with words that are usually misspelled (such as “there” and “their,” for example) there is also a group of…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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