All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘“parts of speech”’

When Prepositions Aren’t Prepositions: A Quiz


I have written previously about how memorizing the list of prepositions can confuse students because it’s common for those words …

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What Is a Phrasal Verb?


Phrasal verb is one of those obscure grammar terms that few non-linguists even remember learning. But phrasal verbs are common …

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English Grammar in One Lesson


Grammar is the worst-taught subject in the history of education*.

I can’t prove this statistically, but I’m convinced it’s true nonetheless. I have come to this conclusion based on the following personal observations:

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In Defense of the Adverb


A common error among young writers is to heap on the adjectives and adverbs, while more experienced writers prefer to concentrate on nouns and verbs, using modifiers selectively. Mark Twain famously hyperbolized: “When you catch an adjective, kill it.” But let’s be reasonable.

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