Category: Grammar

Whoever, Whatever

The words whoever, whatever, wherever, whichever, whenever and however have similar meanings to ‘it doesn’t matter who, what, which etc.,’ it may be. A word of this kind has a double function: it acts as a subject, object...

A/An Or The | What To Use?

The indefinite article a/an is used to talk about one particular person or thing when the listener does not know which one is meant. I saw a child in the toy store. She married an old man. A girl answered...

Rules Of Subject-Verb Agreement

Rule 1 The verb must agree in number and person with its real subject and not with any other noun that may immediately precede it. Read the following sentences. One of my friends has gone to Beijing. Each of...

Verbs Not Used In The Passive

Verbs not used in the passive Not all verbs can have passive forms. Passive structures are not possible with intransitive verbs like die, cry or arrive, which cannot have objects. He died yesterday. (passive) The baby cried aloud. (passive) Some transitive verbs, too,...

Verbs

Verbs are words that name an action or describe a state of being. Verbs are important, because there’s no way to have a sentence without them. Every sentence must have two parts: a subject and a predicate....

Verb Patterns Exercise

Having a good understanding of common sentence patterns (also called verb patterns) will help us craft cohesive sentences on our own. There are several sentence patterns in English. It is not necessary to memorize...

Verb Patterns | Lesson 5

Verb patterns and structures The infinitive is often used after is, am, are, was and were to indicate an agreement or arrangement, to ascertain the wishes or orders of someone else, to express a complaint,...

Verb Patterns Lesson 4

Subject + present perfect + adverbials/complements They have lived here since 1960. They have lived here for twelve years now. The boy has grown enormously in the last two years. Has the peon gone to the post office already? I have been there this morning....

Verb Patterns | Lesson 3

Subject + verb + question word + infinitive In this structure we use question word + infinitive as direct object. I don’t know where to turn for help. We must find out what to do next. Let us...

Verb Patterns | Lesson 2

Subject + verb + object + complements Some transitive verbs are followed by an object and an object complement. The people wanted to crown Caesar king. They named the baby Christopher. You may call it what you...