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Grammar

This page includes grammar instruction and rules, grammar practice activities and grammar quizzes

The page is divided into sections:

PART 1 : Diagnostic/Assessment Quizzes    These will help you determine  your level and  your strengths and weaknesses

PART  2  Music Videos on Parts of Speech. Native speaking students learned their basic grammar with these videos. They are entertaining and help you remember. 

PART  3 includes short videos in which a teacher explains a specific grammar point on a  blackboard.  Other sections  also include video tutorials because they are a useful way to learn and remember.  

Part 4: Grammar at the Word Level 
includes nouns, verbs, articles, adjectives, gerunds, passives, modals. prepositions 

PART 5: COMPOUND SENTENCES 
Both types ( and, but, so...) (in addition, however, therefore etc) 

PART  6: COMPLEX SENTENCES AND CLAUSES 
adverb, adjective and noun clauses, reported speech  


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GRAMMAR ASSESSMENT TESTS 


The following tests can help you determine how well you know English grammar in a passive way (i.e.how well you recognize correct grammar to use in a multiple choice quiz. It can also help you to decide which areas you are strong or weak in. This will help you to decide which areas you want to practice a lot. 

Keep in mind, that grammar is simply a tool - a set of rules that allows us to communicate in reading, writing, speaking and listening. It is not simply a set of exercises or rules we learn for no reason. 

The real test of how well you understand English grammar is in the way you actually use it - both in your writing and in your speaking, and how well you really understand it when dealing with complex passages in reading and listening. 

Grammar in Speaking



PART 1: 
 Grammar Tables

PART 2 

GRAMMAR INSTRUCTION  

Grammar Rock: Music Videos to Teach Part of Speech 
Who says grammar can't be fun? Watch this and the next two videos in which different schools learn and perform  the preposition dance. 
More Musical Grammar:

Online Grammar Textbook

Video Tutorials of Grammar Points

Some people learn better by watching a video and listening to a teacher explain specific points. This section allows you to watch teachers explain specific grammar points on short videos. Most of the videos offer clear, simple explanations. You can play them again and again. When you have understood a grammar point, try reading some of the explanations below, or practice with some of the activities.

Video Lessons from Yossarian the Grammarian


PARTS OF SPEECH: 




ARTICLES: 


CAUSATIVES:

DETERMINERS  
Determiners are words placed in front of a noun to make it clear what the noun refers to. The word 'people' by itself is a general reference to some group of human beings. If someone says 'these people', we know which group they are talking about, and if they say 'a lot of people' we know how big the group is. 'These' and 'a lot of' are determiners in these sentences.

DIRECT AND INDIRECT OBJECT


GERUNDS AND INFINITIVES

 Tutorials: Video and Power Point 


 Practice Gerunds vs Infinitives

 




 MODALS

PHRASAL VERBS: 
PRONOUNS:
PREPOSITIONS 
PREPOSITIONS OF TIME ( IN ON AT) 
 EXPRESSIONS OF TIME WITH SINCE, FOR, and IN 


PREPOSITIONS OF PLACE AND LOCATION  (IN ON AT)
  
Prepositions in Paragraphs
VERBS:VIDEO TUTORIALS  


Video Tutorials from Anglo Link and Perfect English Grammar  



                     VERB OVERVIEW 
               THE BIG PICTURE


  • Practice with Irregular Verbs
from Azar Grammar (Understanding and Using English Grammar)  

Chapter 1: Overview of Verb Tenses 
Chapter 2:Present and Past, Simple and Progressive
 Chapter 3: Present and Perfect Progressive Tenses



VERB TENSES 


 PRESENT TIME FRAME:
Simple Present, Present Continuous, Present Perfect, Present Perfect Continuous     


PAST TIME FRAME: PAST TENSES 
Simple past, past continuous, past perfect, past perfect progressive  

Mixed Past Time Quizzes ( Past, Past Continuous, Past Perfect)  

 PERFECT TENSES


FUTURE TENSE 




THE SENTENCE: 

SENTENCE TYPES: 
Simple, Compound, Complex, Compound-Complex 
Sentence Types
A Series of Videos on Making Sentences  New 


PUNCTUATION RULES:

COMMAS

THE SEMI- COLON  



NOTE:    

For more practice and error correction exercises on ALL aspects of punctuation and capitalization go to the EDITING AND ERROR CORRECTION page. 




Showing Relationships between ideas 
Introduction to Coordination and Subordination 




Compound Sentences 2:  Transitions /Adverbial Conjunctions  
Combining with Transitions (However, Therefore, Then, In addition  



    SUBORDINATION:


    ADJECTIVE CLAUSES 

     VIDEO TUTORIALS: 
     ONLINE TUTORIALS and PRACTICE




    Exercises covering the main types of relative( adjective clauses) 
    MORE ABOUT ADJECTIVE CLAUSES  

    Answer Key to a large variety of adjective clause quizzes  

    To practice editing ( error correction) with adjective clauses go to the EDITING AND ERROR CORRECTION PAGE.

    Editing Adjective Clauses


    ADVERB CLAUSES

    GRAMMAR IN CONTEXT: GRAMMAR BASED READINGS from Understanding English Grammar, by Betty Azar  


    VIDEO TUTORIALS: 
    Adverb Clause: Tutorials and Practices:  
    Adverb Clauses of Time 
    Adverb Clauses of Cause/Effect/ Purpose   

     Adverb Clauses of Unexpected Result


     ADVERB CLAUSE QUIZZES


    CONNECTING WORDS: 

    REVIEW ALL CONNECTORS: compound, complex, transitions
    ( and,but,so/ however/ therefore/ then/ adverb clauses) 




    CONDITIONALS: 

    Videos with conditionals: A fun way to learn and see how conditionals are used in the real world.  
    • Benjamin Button and the Third Conditional This video clip from the movie Benjamin Button is  full of examples of the third conditional. The first half is what really happened, the second is him imagining what could have happened, beginning with “if only one thing had happened differently.”
     A Six Part Video Tutorial on Conditionals from English with Jennifer (NEW)

    Power Point Tutorials (NEW) 


    Practice with 1st, 2nd and 3rd Conditional 


    Tests and Quizzes
    QUIZZES ON ALL GRAMMAR POINTS 
    (Different levels)    


    Error Correction Quiz 47 multiple choice questions







    3 comments:

    1. really a nice article on English grammar i found a same article
      http://activeandpassivevoic3.blogspot.com/2013/12/passive-all-tenses-english-grammar-rules.html

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    2. Nice guide for learning English.Thanks for sharing.

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