English grammar explained using clear and simple explanations.

Subject and Object Pronouns

I love you

The subject pronoun goes before the verb. The object pronoun goes after the verb or after a preposition. Examples: I love you. She plays tennis with him. This land was made for you and me. (Woody Guthrie, This land is your land) Subject pronoun Verb Object Pronoun 1st person singular 2nd person singular 3rd person sing. (m) 3rd person sing. […]

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Time Expressions


Look at the following time expressions to talk about time periods in the present, past and future: Present Past Future today yesterday tomorrow this morning yesterday morning tomorrow morning this afternoon yesterday afternoon tomorrow afternoon this evening yesterday evening tomorrow evening tonight last night tomorrow night this week last week next week this month last month next month this year […]

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Relative clauses

She is the girl. She goes to my school.

Relative clauses allow us to give further information about something in the same sentence. For example instead of saying She is the girl. She goes to my school. which doesn’t sound very natural, we can say She is the girl who goes to the same school as me. Defining relative clauses When the information contained in the sentence is essential […]

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Relative pronouns

This is John. He lives here.

We use relative pronouns to join two pieces of information together. It replaces the noun. So instead of repeating the noun This is John. He lives here. we can use a relative pronoun to link the two sentences together This is John who lives here. We use who for people: She is the girl who lives next door to my […]

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Stative verbs list

Here is a comprehensive list of Stative verbs: to adore to fit to please to agree to hate to possess to appear (seem) to have (possession) to promise to appreciate to hear to realise to be to imagine to recognize to believe to include to remember to belong to to involve to resemble to concern to know to satisfy to […]

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Stative verbs

Stative verbs are verbs with no continuous form. They generally refer to the following groups of verbs: 1. Possession I have brown hair (not I’m having a brown hair). I own a car (not I’m owning a car). This computer belongs to John (not this computer is belonging to John). He possesses at least four houses (not he is possessing […]

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Present Perfect 6 – Stative verbs

I've liked Bob Dylan for 20 years.

The sixth time we use the present perfect simple is when we talk about how long something has been happening and we are using stative verbs. Stative verbs have no continuous form and so we can’t say “I have been liking Bob Dylan for 20 years” even though it is an action which started in the past and is continuing. […]

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Present Perfect 5 – First time/second time etc.

Present perfect 5

We use the present perfect after the construction: “This is the first time …” or “It is the second time … “ etc. We cannot use the past simple in this situation. Examples This is the first time I’ve been to Australia. It is the third time he’s eaten pizza. It is the 15th time they have beaten Everton.

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Present Perfect 3 – Giving news

We use the present perfect when we give news. Something happened recently and for the person who is listening it is new and so there is the connection between the past and the present, which there must always be when we use the present perfect. Examples I‘ve bought a new car. We have decided to get married. They‘ve moved house. […]

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