Category: Grammar

Few And Several | Differences

The words few and several are determiners. They both refer to a small quantity or number. There is a difference. Few is pessimistic. It is used to stress the smallness of the quantity or...

A Half, Half A And Half An

All of these expressions are completely acceptable. Could I have half a pound of butter? / Could I have a half pound of butter? I waited for half an hour. The dog eats a...

What Does A Relative Pronoun Do In A Sentence?

Subordinate clauses often begin with relative pronouns. Within a subordinate clause the relative pronoun may serve as the subject or object of the verb, or the object of the preposition. Study the following examples...

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...