Grammar Tips

Causative Verbs In English

Causative verbs are verbs which show that another person does something for you. For example, we don’t (usually) repair our own washing machines, or cut our own hair. Instead, we pay someone else to do these services for us – and we can use a causative verb to say this in English. You can also… Read More

Grammar Fix – Plural Greetings

When you don’t have a lot of time for studying English, make sure that you make the best use of your time. One way to do this is to find grammar patterns – where a grammar rule is repeated in similar situations. An example of this is “plural greetings”: words that we use in greetings… Read More

How To Use Need In English

“Need” is an interesting verb in English, as it can be used both as a main verb and a modal verb. For example “I need to get some bread” (main verb) and “We needn’t go now” (modal auxiliary). Here are some of the ways you can use “need”, with explanations and examples. Need As A… Read More

Verbs And Prepositions: On

Many English verbs are followed by a preposition. This is a list of common verbs which have the preposition “on”. These verbs are organised into meaning groups to make them easier to remember. Verbs with similar meanings are often followed by the same preposition. Verbs Meaning “Attention” concentrate on = put all your attention on… Read More

3 Common Modal Auxiliary Verbs

We use modal auxiliary verbs all the time in English. They’re simple ways to change the “mood” of a sentence and to show how we feel about a situation. For a review of their uses and the grammar, see the page here. But in this post I want to highlight three common modal auxiliaries that… Read More

The Present Perfect Tense – Quick Review

This tense causes maybe the most problems in English. It’s very easy to confuse it with other tenses – particularly the Past Simple and the Present Continuous. So if you aren’t sure which tense to use, this quick review can help. The Present Perfect is a present tense Because we use the Present Perfect to… Read More

4 Simple Question Types In English

The grammar of English questions is quite complicated. It’s difficult to remember which auxiliary verb you need – or then to get the right word order. This isn’t easy in situations when you have time to think – for example, when you’re writing. But when you’re speaking to someone, there’s even less time. One solution… Read More

Used To (Doing) Something

We say “used to doing something” with the verb “to be” or “to get” when we want to talk about things that are familiar to us. You can use these forms when you want to talk about the process of adapting to something new – life in a new country, your experiences in a new… Read More

5 Quick Grammar Fixes

Here are five very common English grammar mistakes which can cause misunderstandings. If you’re at an intermediate level of English, check them out! When you fix these mistakes, your English will become more accurate – and easier to understand. ‘Like’ And ‘As’ Typical mistakes“As you, I think…”“He works like a teacher.” The fixes1. We use… Read More