Grammar & Language

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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Three Determiners That Tell You a Group of Words is Most Likely a Noun Phrase

Reading Time: 4 minutes   It is fairly easy to know which group of words qualifies to be given the grammatical name of a noun phrase if you know all the tricks involved. The purpose of this tutorial is to show you one of the most important ways to identify a noun phrase in any English sentence. The secret …

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