Wednesday, March 31, 2004

An Index of English Grammar 

If you are looking for a particular topic or aspect of English grammar, chances are you'll find it somewhere on this list of links. Click and you are taken to a discussion of the particular grammar question. Many of the discussions include quizzes that you can take and then check the answers online. For example, what's a "squinting modifier?" Find out here.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Ways to think about organizing an essay 

There are many ways to organize an essay into a clear, coherent, unified piece of writing. It partly depends on your topic, in particular on your thesis, which is what it is that you specifically want to say about your topic.

This page offers an overview of some of the main ways to organize an essay. Please have a look!

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Sentence Structure 

You can find a lot of information about sentence structure here. This is a summary of sentence types, but the entire section is worth reading:

We can categorize sentences into four main types, depending on the number and type of clauses they contain:

Simple (one independent clause):

We drove from Connecticut to Tennessee in one day.

Compound (more than one independent clause):

We were exhausted, but we arrived in time for my father's birthday party.

Complex (one independent clause and at least one dependent clause):

Although he is now 79 years old, he still claims to be 65.

Compound-complex (more than one independent clause and at least one dependent clause):

After it was all over, my dad claimed he knew we were planning something, but we think he was really surprised.

Thursday, March 11, 2004

100 Most Mispronounced Words in English 

Pronounciation is not just a problem for those coming to English from another language. As this list of the 100 most commonly mispronounced words in English shows, native speakers have difficulty with many of our most common words and idioms.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Agreement between Subject and Verb 

Here is some useful information about Agreement between subjects and verbs.

Run-On Sentences 

Spanish sentences tend to be longer and looser than American English sentences. Where several thoughts might be connected by commas in Spanish, this often leads to ''run on'' sentences in English. If you're having occasional difficulty with run-on sentences, or simply with to review the basic idea, have a look at this useful discussion.

Monday, March 08, 2004

Modifier Placement 

You might find this discussion of modifier placement helpful

A useful resource about English prepositions 

It is hard to write an English sentence without using prepositions. We work with them, and express ourselves by them, in speaking and writing. See what I mean?

Here's a review of usage for English prepositions.

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