There are a lot of words in English grammar that people are confused with where to use. Some of them are ‘contiguous’, ‘continuous’, and ‘continual’. This is why the writer should learn all about the rules for using the words appropriately. As a professional writer you need to know the rules of grammar that should be applied in a sentence which will save you the confusion while constructing a sentence.
First off, you should determine if there is a list of different events or things that are being dealt with and whether these things touch time and space. In that case, choose ‘contiguous’. This is a word that means ‘adjacent’, ‘conterminous’, or ‘neighboring’. The word ‘contiguous’ is generally used in the context of discussing “48 contiguous states” excluding Hawaii and Alaska as they do not border each other. Less commonly, the word is used to describe a particular list of events which are adjacent to one another on a time line. ‘Contiguous’ can be used as an adverb, adjective, or noun.
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If you want to be a pro at English grammar, you need to have basic grammatical skills. Instead of just being important for the examinations that test the subject, grammatical skills are also relevant in the way you communicate to others. In fact, spellings are more important for written tests and evaluations. If you are into a job that requires business writing to be done, you should be specific about the cases that require using words like ‘allot’, ‘a lot’ and ‘a lot’.
For instance you are typing a paper, and you write the word ‘alot’. There is a little red line that appears, but you are clueless about whether you should choose ‘a lot’ or ‘allot’.
This is a word that means ‘to divide’, ‘accord’, ‘administer’, ‘dispense’, ‘distribute’ or ‘give out’. Here’s an example of using the word in a sentence: “They allotted six square feet space per family”. You must have guessed by now that the word ‘allot’ is used to refer to divide, apportion or grant something. “The raffle tickets were allotted to the class”.
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English grammar is easy and you can easily form a correct sentence if you know the basic differences on what are they, how are they used and when are they used. Truly speaking, grammatically correct sentences sound more thoughtful than incorrect sentences.
What is article?
Articles are adjectives which are generally used to describe a noun. There are mainly two types of articles in English language. One is ‘the’ the other ‘a/an’
What is ‘The’ in English grammar?
In English grammar ‘The’ is called the definitive article. It is generally used to refer to a particular noun.
What is ‘A/An’ in English grammar?
In English grammar ‘A/An’ is called the in-definite article. In order to specify a non-specific and non-particular noun we generally use the term.
Lets know about the basic difference between the use of definite article ‘The’ and indefinite article ‘A/An’. Then we can understand what we mean by definite article and indefinite article.
It is important to construct sentences which are correct. In order to construct a correct sentence in English, we need to know the different aspects of constructing a sentence. If we know ‘what’, ‘how’ or ‘when’ a particular word should be used, it is easier.
What are determiners?
In English, determiners are words which are mostly used to:
- Define a noun which can be a thing or a person
- State the quantity or the amount of things or people
- State the possessives
- State specificity to a thing or a person
- State how things or the person can be distributed
- State, how one noun is different from the other nouns?
- State whether something or someone is not specific
There are different types of determiners in English language. Each of those specific determiners is used by following few rules of grammar. The use of determiners mainly depends on the type of noun that we are trying to describe. The standard rule of using determiners is:
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When constructing a sentence for the listener to understand, it has to be proper and also grammatically correct. Grammar is very important for a profound reflection of any thought which is better for a reader or a listener.
In English grammar, you have to know about how you want to put the word into the sentence for a correct construction. In order to construct a sentence correctly you have to know how to use the word and when to use the word. ‘Some’ and ‘Any’ are quantifiers.
When do we use ‘Some’ and ‘Any’?
We use ‘Some’ and ‘Any’ when we do not know the amount or the quantity of something.
Example of Use of ‘Some’ and ‘Any’
- I saw 7 deer when I moved deep into the jungle with my fellow travelers.
Here we know the number of deer that we saw when we were moving into the jungle. So we do not use ‘Some’ or ‘Any’.
- I saw some deer when I moved into the jungle with my fellow travelers.
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It is frequently seen that when you try to discuss on the art of spelling you are very often confused as you watch there is the deep confusion with the letters along with sounds. Actually if we dip delve in to the mystery of such confusion we are sure to notice that the identity of English letters fall in the group of orthography, where as the sounds are nothing but a part of he system of phonetics. When there is a clash between the two groups there emerges confusion of them.
Now we are going to discuss with the misuse of two general words that ‘Lie’ and ‘Lay’. We know it for certain that ‘lie’ means to have rest having been inclined. It is an intransitive verb. On the other hand ‘lay’ is a transitive verb, meaning to keep something to somewhere. It seems at the first glance that the two words are extremely similar partially in sound but there is a gulf of difference between the two.
You can use the word ‘lie’ in the following manner. Use ‘ lie’ to denote that you have something in a horizontal manner for rest.’ For example it can be written that “The bouquet lies on ... Read more...
If you fail to assimilate good English grammar you are sure to grope in the dark when you try to write English passages or try to open your heart to some one in different moods and manners. It is vital to know English grammar quite efficiently without which you are no where. Now English grammar is a vast thing. It is very hard to assimilate it within a short life span. Still you are to learn at least the basics of it so that you can have a bit mastery over the language.
In the school a little grammar is taught. But that little learning reinforces the base of the future learning. The rules that are taught at the very initial period are all elementary rules and offer you the grip of the language in a solid way as a result of which you can easily adopt the fundamental skills of reading and writing. If the elementary grammar is not taught in the schools you may not be able to lean the ABC of English grammar. As an obvious result you have no other way than to stumble at every step.
In the very beginning you have to learn the parts of speech that are called the foundation stones of English grammar. Elementary English start... Read more...
If you want to learn English perfectly well you have stumble in the very beginning for there are some words which you can not use after your choice. You have follow some basic rules of grammar to have an idea how o use these words correctly. All these are basic rules, still without bothering these mean to show lethargy to learn grammar in the true sense of the term. Now I would try to discuss with the two simple words ‘ which’ and ‘ that’. From the outward view they seem of less importance but when you are going to use them you have to be a bit cautioned.
You perhaps have an idea that ‘which’ and ‘ that’ are regarded as relative pronouns. Relative pronoun means the word that helps to relate it to a noun that proceeds in a particular sentence. Now let us elaborate. In the following sentence “The pen that I bought yesterday is stolen” In this particular sentence, the relative pronoun ‘that’ hints at the ‘noun’, the ‘pen’.
Now comes the question of restrictive clause’. What is it? Actually if we follow the first sentence “The pen t... Read more...
Many of you might be surprised to know that the meanings of the two words, “e.g” and “i.e” are different from one another. There are many people who use these two words interchangeably but in reality they cannot be used in each others place. Hence one should be careful about the use of these words. It is important to know the meanings of these words.
The word “e.g’ means “for example” and it originates from the Latin word “exempli gratia”. On the other hand the word “i.e” means “that is” and is derived from the Latin word “id est”.
There are some suggestions with the help of which you can remember the meaning of these words. The meaning of the word, “e.g” can be remembered as the word “example” starts with “e” so “e.g” means for example.
As far as the use is concerned you can say that, “There are seven colors in the rainbow, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. This gives a complete list. On the other hand when you are giving an incomplete list you can use the word, “e.g”. It can be said, There are 7 colors in the rainbow, e.g., red, orange an... Read more...
When it comes to the use of pronouns people are lot confused with the use of “me”, “myself” and “I”. Among all these again the use of “myself” perplexes a person the most. If you are a person who is not well aware with the differences between these words you are not alone in this group. Even people who ought to know a lot better than the ordinary men like the editors, the journalists or an English teacher most of the times are not very confident with the usage of these words. But even if you are not very sure about the meanings of these words or about their correct usage there is nothing much to worry because you can easily learn to use them correctly once you have a clear idea about what they exactly mean.
For example, the word “I” is used when the speaker is performing the action like you can say that “I ate chocolates”. Rather in simple words the pronoun “I” is a subject pronoun. Always remember that “I” is never used as an object in the sentence. Hence you cannot say that, “Uncle brought sweets for my brother and I”, instead you should say that “Uncle brought sweets for my brother and... Read more...