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Conditional Sentences

The Wizarding Guide to Conditional Sentences

If I don’t read every day, I get very grumpy. If I read Harry Potter enough, I’ll surely receive my acceptance letter to Hogwarts. If I hadn’t read the entire series multiple times, I wouldn’t be able to write this article about wizardry and the types of conditional sentences. Unless you have something against magic, […]

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Clauses

How to Identify Independent and Dependent Clauses

What Is a Clause? A clause is a group of words containing both a subject (who or what the sentence is about) and a verb (which describes the main action of the subject). There are two kinds of clauses: independent and dependent clauses. Most simply, an independent clause can form a complete sentence on its […]

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Collective Nouns

How to Use Collective Nouns

Subject–verb agreement in the English language is complicated. When you have to deal with tense, gender, number, irregular verb forms (Need I go on?), it can be quite the task to ensure that the subjects and verbs in your sentences agree. Assembling the pieces of this grammar puzzle correctly is not easy. To add another […]

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Order of Adjectives

The Order of Adjectives

You might be thinking, “Order of adjectives? Can’t I just lump them all together in front of the noun and call it a day?” It might surprise you to discover that when adjectives are presented in a series, there’s actually a particular order they must follow. Often, native English speakers follow this order out of […]

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33 Great Online Resources for ESL Speakers

33 Great Online Resources for ESL Speakers

As an English as a second language (ESL) speaker, it can be overwhelming to search for online resources to help you with your grammar and English usage. The Internet is great because it provides a wealth of information, but this information is often hard to navigate. How do you know which online resources for ESL […]

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Grammar Errors in Your Favorite

Grammar Errors in Your Favorite Songs

What You Can Learn from These 4 Lyric Mistakes “Music is the universal language of mankind,” according to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. But does the same logic apply to lyrics? What about lyrics riddled with grammatical errors? Some people have a hard time listening to grammar errors in songs. These people believe that rules are rules, […]

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