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.
Past Perfect Simple -
Past Perfect Continuous -
Present Perfect Simple -
Present Perfect Continuous -
Present Perfect Simple as Future -
Present Perfect Continuous as Future -
Action Verbs -
Auxiliary Verbs -
Finite / Non-finite Verbs -
Irregular Verbs -
Modal Verbs -
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 -
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