Basic English Usage

Posted by Manjusha. Filed in English Grammar

Every language uses certain structures or sentence patters to express ideas. English is no different. In this section we shall consider some of the basic sentence patterns in English.

Letís + Bare infinitive

This structure is used for making suggestions.

Letís + have + noun

This structure is used for making suggestions.

Used to + bare infinitive

This structure is used to talk about past habits or things that used to happen continuously or frequently during a period in the past.

Be + used to + gerund/noun

This structure is used to talk about something that you are familiar with so that it no longer seems new or strange to you.

Neednít + Bare infinitive

This structure is used to say that something is/was not necessary. The structure need + bare infinitive is used to ask if something is/was necessary.

Had better + bare infinitive

This structure is used to tell someone what you think they should do.

Feel + Adjective

This structure is used to talk about physical or emotional experiences.

Feel like + gerund (-ing form)

This structure is used to talk about a desire for something.

Going to + bare infinitive

Going to shows intention. If you are going to do something, you intend to do it in the future.

That + Adjective

This structure shows degree. It is used to say that something is as good/bad/boring/great/expensive/tiring etc., as the speaker suggests. Here that means very.

Sections in this article

Common errors with adverbs New!
Common errors with conjunctions New!
Expressing a condition
Expressing a concession or contrast
Common errors with adjectives
Common errors with pronouns
Common errors with nouns and noun phrases
Causative use of Have
Indirect questions