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Uses of Comma

Tweet Punctuation is an important aspect of writing. Many, even native English speakers, do not know when to use comma in writing. Here are the rules on how to use comma (,) in sentences.  1. Use commas between lists of three or more.  Example: My mother bought cake, balloons, candies, and chocolates for the party. 2. […]

Regular Past Verbs Pronunciation /t/ or /d/ or /-ed/

TweetI usually notice  from my students the pronunciation errors of the regular past verbs. The error is normally on the last syllable of the verb like “talked” pronounced as /to-ked/ instead of /tokt/ or “robbed” as /rob-bed/ instead of /robd/.  So, I decided to post some of the rules on pronunciation for regular past verbs. Regular […]

Interrogative Pronouns

TweetThe words Who, Whom, What, Which, Whose areInterrogative Pronouns. These pronouns are used to ask question. Examples: Who is he talking? Who are those people? Whom are you playing with? Whom is he talking to? Which of these bags is yours? Which do you like? Whose is this umbrella? Whose are these gloves? What is your dog’s […]

When to Use Reflexive Pronouns

TweetReflexive pronouns are a type of pronoun that end with “-self” or “-selves”. List of Reflexive pronouns: myself, itself, yourself, herself, himself, ourselves, yourselves, themselves When to use Reflexive Pronouns: 1. When the subject and object of the sentence are the same, we use reflexive pronoun as the object. Example: John sometimes blames John. (subject: John, […]

Use of “So” and “Such”

Tweet“So” and “Such” are often used in a sentence before an adjective or an adverb. They are used to strengthen the meaning of the adjective/adverb. To avoid confusion on the use of “so” and “such”, follow these two rules: 1. “so” is used before an adjective/adverb alone. word order: so + adjective/adverb Examples: He is so cute. (so […]

Do Not Begin a Sentence with “Because”

TweetThis had been what my English teacher told me however it is not always correct. Example A: Because I am tired. A sentence must always be complete in thought. So if the sentence is like the one above, the meaning is not complete. Example B: Because his father won in the lottery, they are able […]

When to Use “The, A, An”

Tweet1. The articles “a, an” are used with countable nouns to indicate “one”; to indicate speed, cost, accuracy; and for certain numbers. Examples: I want an apple. ( I want one apple.) The horse runs 20 miles an hour. A couple of dogs went inside the fence yesterday. 2. The article “the” is used when the word […]