Category: Grammar

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?...

Simple past tense overview

To say that something happened some time ago, we use the simple past tense. If you are already familiar with the three forms of the verb (base form, simple past and past participle), you...

Present perfect continuous tense overview

The present perfect continuous tense is used to talk about actions and situations that started in the past and have continued up to the present. Form: Subject + has / have + been +...

Question tags

Question tags are the small questions that often come at the end of sentences in speech. They are used to check whether something is true. Question tags can also be used to ask for...

Short questions

Sometimes we answer a statement by asking for more information. Questions of this kind have a very simple structure. Study the following examples. ‘Rani is quitting her job.’ ‘Why?’ (More natural than ‘Why is...

Formation of questions

It is important to know how to form questions. The rules given below apply to almost all written questions and most spoken questions. Auxiliary verb before subject In a question, the auxiliary verb comes...

It is not worth it

Worth means value. If something is of great worth, it is of great value or importance. A college education will be of great worth to you later. If something is worthless, it is useless....

Difference between everyday and every day

The expressions every day and everyday are often confused.  Everyday means normal, regular, ordinary or commonplace. Everyday is an adjective. It goes before a noun. I don’t want you to wear an everyday outfit...