Written by tutor Don M.
What makes a verb regular or irregular? What are some of the characteristics of an irregular verb?
First, to explain regular verbs. Those are verbs that, when conjugated (that is, they are changed to reflect the correct tense, person, mood, number, etc.), use the same root with a different ending. It then follows that an “irregular verb” changes—sometimes...
Teaching Gerunds and Infinitives to ESL Students
Written by tutor Patricia M.
Probably one of the most difficult concepts an ESL student has to understand and apply when learning the English language is that of the gerund. Many languages, particularly the Romance Languages (French, Italian,
Spanish, Portuguese, and Romanian, all national languages) have the infinitive forms of their...
Fragments and Run-on Sentences
Written by tutor Allia S.
Run-on sentences and fragments are the most common sentence errors for students who are learning how to construct sentences and how to combine sentences in English. See
combining sentences for more information.
A run-on sentence is a sentence with two independent clauses that have been combined incorrectly...
Written by tutor Jonathan E.
Since childhood, we’ve all been trained to use specific words to make clear that two (or more) ideas are connected in some way. Even toddlers, in their nonstop demands for “soda AND candy AND fast food AND toys,” emphasize the relationship among different things (in this case, that they are all desired items). Words like “and” represent the part...
Written by tutor Allia S.
The ability to combine sentences correctly is a key step to expressing an individual's ideas and heading towards a better understanding and utilization of the English language. With that said, many ESL students face difficulties when understanding the “rules” of sentence combining. I understand the pieces but how can I put a sentence together...
Written by tutor Vicki N.
The first step in choosing the proper article (a, an, the) is to determine if the noun is “countable” or “uncountable”. For example, the noun person is a “countable” noun because one or more persons can exist. I can write one person or a plural form of the noun, five persons. One way to decide is to use a dictionary which differentiates between...
Written by tutor Alexa S.
What is an adverb?
An adverb describes a verb or an adjective. It can describe when, where, or how about an action.
When: After breakfast, he goes to work.
Where: He went upstairs.
How: He quickly ran to the bathroom.
Adverbs are different than adjectives (adjectives describe nouns). However, adverbs are often adjective words...
Written by tutor Ella R.
Adjectives are words that describe a person or a thing in the sentence. Adjectives are beautiful but must refrain from being generic. After all if they are describing someone or something they better stand out. Think of them as the “cousins of the adverb”. They stand tall and proud. Here are some examples:
a trustworthy friend
a stunning woman
Written by tutor Katherine Y.
A pronoun is a word used in place of a noun or nouns.
The noun which the pronoun replaces is called its antecedent.
If something has already been named, we don't need to keep repeating the noun throughout a sentence or paragraph. Instead, we may use a pronoun to
refer to the original noun.
In general, pronouns are not as specific as...
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I am new to Wyzant and want to introduce myself to the community here. I lived in Mexico for the past 18 months and am returning to San Diego at the end of September. I have a TESOL certification and have been Teaching English a Second Language while living here. I am also a Speech and Language Pathologist and so I have many skills to help with tutoring especially for English/Language...
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Many English learners move to English speaking countries for college, but studying at the college level in a foreign language can be a daunting task (i.e. seems really difficult). The ability to read, write, speak, and listen to English at the college level is essential. Here are some simple tests you can do yourself: Undergraduate college level:
Read articles in newspapers and...
In English, how do I know when to use a possessive adjective before the noun and when to put that adjective into a prepositional phrase. For example, the library books, the sound of her voice.asi...
Russian Kids 4-5 years old study English by language immersion. They study English alphabet as native speakers of English.
One of the many reasons why I love teaching ESL is getting the chance to learn about different cultures. I have had the chance to tutor students from around the world. Each student is unique, and I can always learn something new from each one! It is also very important for me that I know the customs of the international students. I think it is important to have an open mind and way of doing things,...
Why do we say we're "on the train" or "on the plane"? We're traveling inside the train or plane, aren't we? Why don't we say we're "in the train" or "in the plane"? We don't for the same reason that we do say we're "in the car." But why don't we say we're "on the car?" The car is a mode of transportation like the train and plane, isn't...
ESL - English as a Second Language In English, some things need to be easy to remember, and my English Learners like this little trick.
When you Do something, you can't touch, and when you MAKE something you can ...
That is the simplest way to memorize the difference. These two verbs are very similar in meaning.
In French or Spanish, there is no distinction between the two...
It seems to me that even most adults have an issue with grammar. I fairly often see the same mistakes repeated in essays and normal everyday chat. This isn't just an issue associated with younger children with little or no grasp on grammar, it's a common issue that I see even with graduate students.
I. First, is the "Their, They're, There" mistake.
Their implies ownership....