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10 Tips to Improve Your Grammar

Sep 12th, 2017

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Struggling with learning & understanding Grammar? Here are 10 very useful tips that will help you master the language!

  •  Mind Apostrophes:-

Possessive case or contractions: its vs it’s, they’re vs their.

  •  Always use a comma after an introductory or prepositional phrase:

“After a hard day at work, Jack loves to relax in the backyard”.

  •  Memorize homophones and endings:-

too vs two, your vs you’re, accept vs except.

-able when a whole root word is used: fashionable,

-ible if a word doesn’t make sense without the ending: divisible.

  •  Articles: these dependent clauses modify the subject and often add non-essential information- offset with commas:

“The popular sitcom Brian O’Brien was canceled after seven years”

(Essential)

“Brian O’Brien, the popular sitcom, was canceled after seven years”

(Non-essential)

  • Articles: definite or indefinite:

For general ‘a/an’ someone called a doctor.

For specific ‘the’ someone called the doctor living the next door.

  •  That, who, and which-use commas for non-essential information:-

“No one trusts politicians who lie” (Essential)

“Mr. Trout, who is wearing the red shirt, announced his mayoral candidacy this week.” (Non-essential)

  •  The semicolon replaces a period and links two independent clauses:-

“The family had never seen Mrs.Max so mad; everyone thought the maid was going to have a heart attack.”

  • countable and non-countable noun:-

Many for Countables (dress, house, car),

much/a lot & little/few for non-countables (money,snow,time).

  • Vocabulary building techniques:-

Read books, Magazine, articles, and newspaper columns.

  •  Spellchecking and proofreading:-

Use Online spell checkers like

http://wwww.spellchecker.net/spellcheck and quietly read the text aloud to catch more mistakes.

 

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