Category: Grammar

Correct Use of If

If is a conjunction. We use it to express a condition. If you arrive early, we can go to the movies. If she is late, we will go without her. If I win this...

Noun Clauses

A noun clause is a kind of subordinate clause. It serves the same purpose as a noun. For example, a noun clause can be: The subject of a verb The object of a transitive verb...

I am busy

I am / was busy + (verb-ing) When you are busy you have much to do. The structure I was busy is followed by an –ing form. It is used to talk about activities...

Would rather

I’d rather + (verb) This structure is used to suggest that you would like to do one thing more than another. In informal speech I would is pronounced as I’d. You can learn more about...

I can’t help doing

I can’t help + (verb-ing) If you say that you can’t help doing something, you mean that you can’t stop yourself from doing it. To refer to the past tense, use ‘couldn’t help’.  I...

The past perfect tense overview

The past perfect tense is used to talk about the earlier of two past events. Form: Subject + had + past participle form of the verb I had finished dinner before dad came home....

Past continuous tense overview

The past continuous tense is used to talk about actions or events that were going on around a particular point of time in the past. What were you doing at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon?...