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English Grammar Guide

If English vocabulary is the bricks of the language, then grammar is the mortar that hold those bricks together. Without mortar the bricks can come tumbling down! A lack of a basic knowledge of grammar can cause embarrassing misunderstandings.

That said, we believe that when you begin to learn English, speaking and building up your vocabulary is more important than worrying about correct grammar. However, as you progress you need to incorporate more grammar into your learning programme. At an advanced level you might want to think more about the correct use of the English language.

There is a common impression that learning English grammar is painful, but it is a lot easier than many other languages. Of course, English is more than just memorizing grammar rules, the grammar must be incorporated into your everyday use of the language. Theory and practice should always go hand in hand. Grammar matters.

These pages are under continual development. If there is anything you would like to see included, or you spot anything that needs changing, please let us know.

How to use this guide to English grammar

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 Test This! Click on this button to test your understanding.

Comparative -    
Order -  
Possessive -    
Superlative -    
Used to -  
Common Adjectives -  
Personality Adjectives -  

Degree -  
Duration -
Frequency -
Manner
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Place -
Probability -
Time -
Comparative -
Superlative -

Case -  

Objective/Accusative -
Possessive/Genetive -  
Subjective/Nominative -

Type I  
Type II  
Type III
Zero

Coordinating Conjunctions -
Subordinating Conjunctions -
Correlatives -

Some vs Any -   

Abstract Nouns -
Collective Nouns -
Common Nouns -
Compound Nouns -  
Concrete Nouns -
Countable/Uncountable Nouns -  
Gerunds -
Plural Nouns -  
Predicate Nouns -
Proper Nouns -

Past Participle -  
Perfect Participle -
Present Participle -

Prepositions of Movement -    
Prepositions of Place -    
Prepositions of Time -      

Indefinite Pronouns -
Personal Pronouns -  
Possessive Pronouns -  
Reflexive Pronouns -  

Closed Questions -
Open (Wh ..) Questions -  
Tag Questions -  

Simple

Past -  
Present -  
Simple Present as Future -

Continuous

Past -  
Present -    
Present Continuous as Future -

Perfect

Past Perfect Simple -  
Past Perfect Continuous
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Present Perfect Simple -    
Present Perfect Continuous -  
Present Perfect Simple as Future -
Present Perfect Continuous as Future -

Future

The Future using going to -
The Future using shall/will -

Action Verbs -  
Auxiliary Verbs -  
Finite / Non-finite Verbs -
Irregular Verbs -    
Modal Verbs -  
Mood -
Phrasal Verbs -
Regular Verbs -  
Stative Verbs -
Conjugation and Contraction -  

Some Very Important Verbs

To be -  
To do -  
To have -  
Do or make -  
Used to -  
List of Irregular Verbs -

Active Voice -
Passive Voice -

Simple Guides

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