Category Archives: Grammar

Make or Do?

When ‘do’ or ‘make’ are used as main verbs it can be confusing to ESL learners, since the verb ‘make’ goes with some words and the verb ‘do’ with other words. We use the verb ‘do’ when someone performs an … Continue reading

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The modal verb CAN

CAN is a modal verb . It can be used to express ability, to request or offer permission, and to show possibility or impossibility. I can play the violin. ABILITY Ann cannot stay out after 11 p.m.. PERMISSION Can you … Continue reading

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The imperative

The IMPERATIVE MOOD expresses direct commands, requests, and prohibitions. To make the imperative, use the infinitive of the verb without ‘to’: Open that door! To make a negative imperative, put “do not” or “don’t” before the verb: Don’t open that … Continue reading

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Indefinite article

These are the rules for when to use A or AN: a = indefinite article (not a specific object, one of a number of the same objects) employed with consonants: She has got a house.                        They live in a … Continue reading

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Present Simple Tense

We form the Present Simple tense as follows: subject + auxiliary verb + main verb do base There are three important exceptions: For positive sentences, we do not normally use the auxiliary. For the verb to be, we do not … Continue reading

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The definite article “the”

“The” is called “definite article” because it is used to refer to a particular person or thing. These are its main uses: 1. When talking about a person or thing already mentioned or known by the listener Can I talk … Continue reading

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