Grammar is the mortar that holds the bricks of vocabulary together. Without good mortar bricks can come tumbling down and that can cause embarrassing misunderstandings. 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.
That said, here on the Learn English Network, we believe that when you begin to learn English, speaking and building up your vocabulary is more important than worrying about correct grammar. Then, as you progress, you will 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 and study grammar in more depth.
How to use this guide to English grammar:
Read This! Click here to read an explanation of the grammar.
Picture This! Click here to see examples of the grammar.
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 -
How to use these pages:-
Double click on any word for its definitions, and to listen to the pronunciation.
- Don't worry about learning all the rules.
- Do the grammar tests.
- Review the tests regularly.
- Make sure you understand the basic grammar terminology.
- Practise what you have learnt in the forum, or in our sessions.
- You should be able to do the tests.
- You should already know the basics of English grammar.
- You should be able to understand the exceptions to the rules.
- You should be able to easily complete the tests.
- You should be able to comfortably read the grammar articles for each section.
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