GERUNDS (gerondif) + INFINITIVE FORMS IN ENGLISH   In English, when you have two or more verbs in a sentence that are related to one another in that sentence, the form of the second verb can either be in gerund form “ing” (making it more like a noun than a verb) or it can be […]

Prepositions of Time and Place: in, at, on.

PREPOSITIONS OF TIME AND PLACE IN, AT, ON Prepositions of time and place can create havoc for English learners. In this post, we will try to help you to choose the right preposition when you speak and write. IN Use “in” to talk about time that is somewhat specific but not totally precise. That means, […]

The Passive Voice in English: When Should You Use It?

In English you use the passive voice when you want to be vague, noncommittal, inexact, deceptive, pretentious and wordy. That is why lawyers tend to love this tense. That is not to say that lawyers are vague, noncommittal, inexact, deceptive, pretentious or wordy. It would be a bit unfair to say it is only lawyers […]

Conditional Sentences in English Using “If” Clauses: First, Second, Third Conditionals Plus Examples

CONDITIONAL SENTENCES IN ENGLISH: First Conditional, Second Conditional, Third Conditional    FIRST CONDITIONAL First Conditional sentences have two (or more) clauses that are related to one another. It talks about something that is very likely to happen if another thing happens. One part of the sentence begins with “if”. The “if” clause is in the […]

For, During, While & Since: When to Use These Prepositions in English

Prepositions of Time such as FOR, DURING, WHILE, & SINCE can give English learners a very tough time. I have found that these prepositions are the most commonly misused by French people, for example. They get these prepositions mixed up and it probably has something to do with their own language POUR, PENDANT, DEPUIS, and […]

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