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English Grammar Rules – The Basics

Posted by The ginger Team | October 25th 2011

English grammar is the set of rules that describes the structure of expressions in the English language. This includes the structure of words, phrases, clauses and sentences. In English, these grammar rules are very expansive and could be difficult to master, whether you are a native speaker or not.

The best way to improve your knowledge of English grammar rules, you’d be surprised, is to read more books, newspapers, and even listen to podcasts or TV shows where people use correct grammar. If you ask a random native English speaker about the correct way to say a sentence, odds are they won’t be able to explain why you should say it in a certain way, but they will just know when it “sounds right.”

Using a spelling and grammar corrector can help you fix your grammar mistakes, but will it help you learn from your mistakes and actually understand the grammar rules? Not all of them do. That’s why using one that has a strong learning center (such as Ginger) can benefit you and help you avoid the same mistakes twice.

Until you’ve mastered all English grammar rules, here are some quick tips that might improve your English grammar:

Verbs

Watch your tenses! Be consistent. Don’t mix tenses in the same sentence.
Match your questions and negatives:

  1. Do - does
  2. Have – has
  3. Don’t – doesn’t
  4. Haven’t – hasn’t

Subject Verb Agreement

Singular subjects go with singular verbs. Plural subjects go with plural verbs.

Modifiers

Adjectives describe nouns and pronouns. Adverbs describe verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. Use modifiers in the right position (avoid misplaced modifiers.)

Vocabulary

Be sure you’re using the right word in the right context. Don’t confuse homophones. If you’re not sure, use your spell checker or ask a friend.

Nouns

Keep your count/non-count nouns straight.
Beware of possessives!

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