Five Grammar Tips for Better English
Posted by The ginger Team | October 25th 2011
English Grammar Rules are Difficult!
Mastering all grammar rules can be extremely challenging, no matter if you are an English native speaker or still learning English. The English language is built from so many rules, exceptions to the rules, side rules and, well, cases that seem to follow no grammar rules whatsoever, that learning English has to be a difficult task.
How can I Improve my Knowledge of Grammar Rules?
The best way to learn a language, with its complex vocabulary, spelling, and grammar rules, is to practice it as much as possible. Read. Watch TV. Talk to people who are fluent. You’d be surprised at how these seemingly casual methods of learning can sometimes be more effective than memorizing grammar rules. If you are writing, be sure to always proofread and double-check grammar and spelling.
Reading is Great, but Please Give me Some Grammar Tips!
From looking at our database of Ginger users’ frequent grammar errors, we’ve noticed that some mistakes can be easily fixed when paying attention to a few basic grammar rules:
- Careful with your apostrophes!
Confused if you should be using “it’s” or “its”? Try to separate it into two words (such as “it is” or “you are” for you’re.) If you can’t, get rid of the apostrophe.
- Comma mania!
Not sure when to use a comma after that, who or which? Try replacing the commas with parenthesis (). If you can, the commas should stay.
- Much or many?
Many should be used for things you can count, such as flowers, people, or words. Much is for non-countables, such as water or work. Don’t be confused! Glasses of water can be counted (how many glasses?) but water cannot be (how much water did you drink?)
- A or An?
Generally, use an ‘a’ before a word that begins with a consonant. ‘An’ is used before words that begin with vowels. There are some exceptions, so if you’re not sure – say the words out loud. If the first syllable has a sound, like in Unicorn, use ‘a’. If it doesn’t, like in hour, use ‘an’.
- Capitalization is important!
Always capitalize the first word of every sentence. Capitalize the word ‘I’. Capitalize proper nouns and titles within a sentence. Don’t forget to capitalize God.
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