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1) Introduction to punctuation

Introduction 1) Why study punctuation? Improved punctuation has a number of benefits: 1) Your writing will be much clearer: it will flow better, have less ambiguities and be much easier to read. 2) Studying punctuation will make you think more

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Spelling

Spelling 1) Why spelling is hard in English Spelling words correctly in English is often difficult because we do not always spell words in the same way that they are pronounced. For example, we have: Silent letters: e.g., ‘knight’ is

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30) Conditional sentences

Conditional sentences Conditional sentences are made up of: 1) A main clause 2) A subordinate clause usually beginning with ‘if’ For example: I would stare at the stars all night if it wasn’t so cold. Here we have the main

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31) Sentences in detail

Sentence types A sentence is a group of words which begins with a capital letter and ends in a full stop, and which has a subject and a predicate that expresses a complete thought. To have this complete thought the

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29) Clauses in detail

Clauses A clause is a group of two or more words which work together and has a subject and a verb interacting with each other. Because of this subject-verb relationship, some clauses are able to complete a full thought. There

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28) Phrases in detail

Phrases Now we have covered all the parts of speech, let’s go over each again but looking at the phrases in more detail. This will allow us to revise everything we have already learnt, and the analysis should make more

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27) Verbals

Verbals Verbals, or non-finite verbs, are words which have a verb form, but cannot be inflected, and can work as nouns (gerund and infinitive), adjectives (participle and infinitive), or along with forms of ‘be’ in forming the progressive and perfect

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26) The preposition

The preposition 1) What is a preposition? A preposition is a word which links a noun, or pronoun, and some other word in a sentence. We can think of them as being pre-positioned as they are often found behind the

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25) The conjunction

The conjunction Conjunctions are words which join, or combine, words, or groups of words, together. They are called conjunctions because they ‘conjoin’ words, the definition of which is: ‘join; combine’ By doing this they allow more complex sentences, and a

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24) Adverbs

Adverbs Adverbs function to modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs. As with adjectives, the difficult question to explore is exactly how they modify them. This can be done by breaking adverbs down into two broad categories: simple and conjunctive. 1)

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