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Grammar & Language

Introduction to WASSCE Summary Ecourse

Reading Time: 9 minutes Hello, I created this short WASSCE Summary ecourse with you in mind. TAKE ME TO SUMMARY SOLUTIONS PACK 1 I want to help you discover the essential steps that go into producing an excellent summary answer in the WASSCE English Language Summary or a related test paper. Now let’s get to business. No time to …

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The Sample Summary Solutions Series Pack 1 (SSSSP1)

Reading Time: 7 minutes Hello, I’m giving you sample answers to standard WASSCE level summary questions. I proudly call these tutorials The Sample Summary Solutions Series Pack (SSSSP) Each SSSS PACK contains three standard WASSCE level summary passages, questions and recommended answers. I trust that these series of recommended answers to WASSCE level summary questions will enable you to …

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Identifying Noun Phrases – 23 Helpful Groups of Words

Reading Time: 5 minutes Identifying noun phrases in the English sentence need not be that difficult. I am about to show you exactly when it becomes quite easy for anybody to know that the grammatical name of a group of words is noun phrase. You can easily score full marks here. But before I let the cat out of …

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25 Examples of the Noun Clause Introduced by What/Whatever

Reading Time: 3 minutes I want to give you 25 examples of the Noun Clause which is introduced by What or Whatever Noun Clause Markers Words that introduce noun clauses are referred to as Noun Clause Markers. One simple way to ascertain whether a clause is a Noun Clause therefore is to find out if it begins with any …

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33 Examples of the Adjectival Clause

Reading Time: 3 minutes   I am about to give you lots of examples of the adjectival clause. But before I do that, let me show you a summary of the characteristics of what qualifies to be called an adjectival clause. First, an adjectival clause, like other types of subordinate clauses, is usually a group of words. Secondly, any …

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The Grammatical Functions of a Noun Phrase

Reading Time: 4 minutes This tutorial will show you how to identify or state the grammatical functions of a noun phrase. Let’s however begin with a few examples of a noun phrase. In the sentences below, the words in bold constitute a noun phrase. Examples of a noun phrase Those athletes are my source of inspiration. That old dog …

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The Major Changes in the Pronoun System of English

Reading Time: 4 minutes Here is an essay on the major changes in the pronoun system of English since the beginning of the Modern English Period. I recommend this essay on the history of the English pronoun system as a good example for English Major students in university or college. The development of the pronoun system of English The …

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5 Simple Ways to Identify an Adjective

Reading Time: 2 minutes With the below points in mind, never again will you find it difficult to identify an adjective in a sentence . The first thing you need to know is that almost any word can perform the function of an adjective in the English sentence. What this means is that it is not only words traditionally …

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Top 5 Tips to Overcome English Speaking Anxiety

Reading Time: 4 minutes As a non-native speaker of English myself, I’m familiar with the English speaking anxiety that many of us go through in our effort to communicate in the English language. Can I speak properly at all? Maybe my tense isn’t good enough. What is the next mistake I’m about to make? Who is going to begin …

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4 Effective Reading Skills for a Comprehension Test

Reading Time: 3 minutes It is easier to perform creditably in a reading comprehension or summary test if you have certain effective reading skills. Making Sure You Understand What You Read Comprehension and Summary are major components of most high school level English Language tests. International examinations such as WASSCE, G/ABCE, SAT, IGCSE O-Level or A/AS-Level, and GCSE have …

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50+ Examples of Homophones

Reading Time: 2 minutes   Let’s talk about homophones.You wouldn’t mind knowing 50+ examples of homophones in English, would you? Quite often, homophones make us get our spellings wrong. That’s how important they are in your English learning. What do you know about homophones in English? I believe that as soon as you get to know some examples of …

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How to Use Metaphor in Your Speech or Writing

Reading Time: 4 minutes The English language has become the world’s number one language of politics, diplomacy, sport, show business, commerce and industry. It is therefore imperative for each one of us living in any part of the world to learn to use metaphor effectively in this international lingua franca. From the Rwandan student in a small town in …

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The Difference Between a Phrase and a Clause

Reading Time: 2 minutes This tutorial is going to show you the basic difference between a phrase and a clause. You will learn how to quickly tell whether a group of words is a phrase or a clause. Here are the pointers to a phrase in a sentence. 1. Two helpful definitions of a phrase could be your starting …

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How to Identify 10 Types of the Adverbial Clause

Reading Time: 4 minutes   Learning to know more about clauses in English can be fun, I’m telling you. Especially when you learn how to identify the various types of the adverbial clause. Just relax and let me show you a simple, direct way to spot an adverbial clause in any sentence. You may also like: How to identify …

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5 Grammatical Functions of the word, “that”

Reading Time: 1 minute   Here are five basic functions the word “that” may perform in a sentence. 1. Subordinating conjunction, introducing a relative/adjectival clause Two examples: Many bloggers that I know are wonderful people. That’s the bird that flew into our office. 2. Subordinating conjunction, introducing a noun/nominal clause Two examples: I believe that everyone has something great …

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