Credits: Thanks to Jean for giving me the idea for this lesson. This lesson introduces a common grammar pattern that you may be unaware of. This pattern is (the more…the more…). The elegance of this pattern is that it is very concise. You can express a complicated relationship very simply.
Blackmatta asked for a discussion of the word “because”. Well, the squeaky wheel gets the oil, so here it is, BM! Because as a Conjunction Let’s begin by reviewing some basics. A conjunction is a word that joins two things. A clause is a group of words with a subject
Learn some vocabulary about death and funerals. It happens to us all sooner or later. Better arm yourself with the right vocabulary words to be ready to talk about it.
Introduction “Home” is a peculiar noun. It doesn’t quite behave like other nouns. It has its own rules of usage. You need to be comfortable using this word. Peculiarities: (strange behaviors) We don’t say “to home” unless we use a specifier: to my home, to his home (i.e., never just
In my original posting about a song called “Big Bad John”, long ago, buried deep in the comments section, a student asked me a question that is as applicable today as it was 100 years ago, or even 1000 years ago. He said, in part: You said “That sounds native-like”
Introduction There is a native speaking pattern that we use when there is only one exception or case AND we want to emphasize that fact. The pattern begins with “The only thing (that) I ____ is/was ____. A variation of this pattern could be: “The one thing (that) I… Examples The only
Introduction Blackmatta requested me to discuss these three similar but different expressions: Sometime Sometimes Some time Content Sometimes, a student will suggest a new topic in my Edutainment Group and ask me to please take some time to create a discussion on their requested topic sometime in the near future.
Introduction First things first! What do transitive and intransitive mean? These terms relate to verbs in English. In simple terms, Transitive refers to a verb that requires a direct object (DO) to complete its meaning. Intransitive refers to a verb that indicates a complete action without a direct object (DO),
Introduction In an effort to populate the “Grammar Roadmap” nodes in the “Helpful Links” section on the right side of most LEWWWP pages, I am presenting this lesson on present tense. Only active voice will be covered in this lesson. The present tense talks about the “here and now”, the
Learn to use these ten words: paradigm, paradox, nuance, dilettante, serendipity, euphemism, dichotomy, non sequitur, epiphany, conundrum
Introduction Hello, all. The adjectives “a”, “an”, and “the” are so special that they have their own descriptive name. We call them articles. These three articles are simple to spell but their usage is not simple at all. I frequently see students using them incorrectly, so I thought I’d offer
This is just a very short grammar point that appeared in a recent blog posting. I thought I would preserve my response here for posterity and for later reference. In English, a noun is defined as the name of a person, place, or thing. A pronoun is a word that