Quick Grammar

Adjectives & Prepositions

Some adjectives go with certain prepositions. There is no real pattern – you need to learn them as you meet them. Here are some examples but remember that there are many other adjective + preposition combinations that are not covered here.

Adjectives (gradable / non-gradable)

Adjectives can be either gradable or non-gradable

Adjectives ending in -ed and -ing

Adjectives that end ‘-ed’ (e.g. ‘bored’, ‘interested’) and adjectives that end ‘-ing’ (e.g. ‘boring’, ‘interesting’) are often confused.

Articles 1

There are lots of rules about the use of articles. Here we’ll concentrate on 3 golden rules. Most mistakes with articles are made through breaking one of these rules.

Articles 2

In a Articles 1 we looked at the 3 golden rules of articles. Here we look at some other rules for the use of articles.

As and Like

As and like are often confused since they are both used to compare actions or situations. There are, however, important differences.

British English and American English

British people and American people can always understand each other – but there are a few notable differences between British English and American English

Capital letters and apostrophes

The rules for the use of capital letters and apostrophes are quite easy to remember.

Comparing and contrasting – modifying comparatives

When we want to talk about similarities and differences we can use adjectives in their comparative forms…

Conditionals 1

Conditionals are sentences with two clauses – an ‘if clause and a main clause – that are closely related. Conditional sentences are often divided into different types.