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Rubrika: Grammar

25. 2. 2013 | 10:49 

CONFUSION OF NUMBER

Common mistakes in English 

18. 1. 2013 | 10:42 

DEPRIVE OF not FROM

Common mistakes in English 

3. 12. 2012 | 10:50 

LIE or LAY

Common mistakes in English 

3. 12. 2012 | 10:25 

IN or AT (place)

Common mistakes in English. 

15. 11. 2012 | 12:46 

THE NUMBER or A NUMBER

Common mistakes in English 

19. 9. 2012 | 14:03 

WISH & IF ONLY

Sentences starting with "I wish" or "If only" express wishes or regret. If only is slightly more formal and gives the wish or regret more emphasis. 

13. 9. 2012 | 09:47 

PREPOSITIONS OF PLACE: IN

Check out our summary of where the abbreviation "in" is used. 

28. 3. 2012 | 13:38 

Common Mistakes

BORROW or LEND Don’t say: I want to lend a book from you. Will you please borrow me the book? Say: I want to borrow a book from you. Will you... 

8. 8. 2006 | 10:52 

New conjunction quiz!

Conjunctions are words that connect other words, phrases and sentences. Some examples are: and, but, or, nor, for, yet, either, neither, nor, as, because, since, so, until, and while. Complete the following sentences using only the conjunctions and, but and or.  

8. 8. 2006 | 10:03 

Sounds like ...

No one ever said English was logical. Or logically phonetic, for that matter. This is why we have words that look the similar, but sound completely different, e.g., beard and heard, words that look different but sound the same e.g. raze (to demolish) and raise (to lift). And to make matters worse, sometimes words that are spelt the same are pronounced differently depending on their meaning e.g. row (a line) and row (a fight). There’s no rhyme or reason! Well, maybe there is some rhyme… See if you can find the word that doesn’t sound like the others in the group. And watch for the words that have more than one pronunciation.  

29. 3. 2006 | 19:50 

Problem words in English

Let’s face facts…life is hard for a Czech learning English. You get a basic vocabulary, start using it in new and wonderful ways, and then some English speaker tells you, “I think I know what you mean, but we don’t say it that way.” 

9. 1. 2006 | 17:47 

Make or do?

The words “do” and “make” can cause real confusion among non-native speakers whose language only contains one term which expresses both ideas. “Do” is attached to words about activities, for instance duties, sports, jobs, tasks, and most actions ending in “-ing”. Anything that you consider as a process to carry out, undertake or even finish up would likely use “do” as well. “Make”, on the other hand, is more for creating or putting something together where you have a final product, arrangement or outcome. So keep these 2 ideas in mind: Is the thing you’re talking about a creating something that will stand as a “final product” or is merely a process/procedure to “finish up”? The choice will decide which verb is the right one.  

15. 7. 2005 | 01:47 

Grammar questionnaire

"It´s all or nothing." That´s what people say when they want you to decide on something without giving you any choice. Yet when using such indefinite words like "all" or "none", a person can have a hard time with all the options that there are. Some of these words are used in negative sentences or questions; others are used in affirmatives. 

4. 6. 2005 | 20:48 

Comparatives and superlatives

We compare our products and services to our rivals’ especially when we are trying to sell or promote them. It isn’t one of the most difficult areas of English grammar but there are some tricky points. See how well you do in selecting the best option for each of these sentences. 

4. 6. 2005 | 19:46 

Adverb or adjective?

Grammar is vital to any language and an understanding of grammar is vital to every student. A well formed grammatical sentence is more persuasive and can really give you the edge in a business situation. It is worth paying attention to the underlying structures of language as this will help you in every aspect of learning English – or any other language. In particular, many students like to take note of the similarities and differences between their native language and English. Of course, grammar is a very broad subject in English as with any other language. So do you know your adverbs from your adjectives? Let’s see… 

4. 6. 2005 | 19:02 

Grammer in practice

Have you ever forgotten to call your client when he or she asked you to call? Have you ever forgotten calling your client after making the call? Did you stop smoking when your colleagues asked you to quit or did you stop to smoke before you went into your office? Well, I have always managed to get these kinds of verbs mixed up, and like to have (or having???) someone explain it all for me!!!! Many verbs are followed either by the to + infinitive verb form or the –ing verb form. In addition, there is a small group of verbs which can be followed by both the to + infinitive and the –ing form. However, one must be careful, as the meaning of the sentence can change significantly depending on which verb form is used. There are some hints for this which may help: If the second verb is a task or objective to do in the future, use the “to+ infinitive” form, eg. “I need to see you sometime.” If the second verb is an activity or something done previously, and which I am just commenting on now, I should use the “VB-ing” form, eg. “I gave up smoking.” The verbs that simply use infinitives without “to” are usually perception verbs like “hear,” or “watch” 

3. 6. 2005 | 14:53 

To use TO or not use TO

Trying to remember which verbs use "to" may have you thinking "It´s all Greek to me," but "As good luck will have it," this quiz will also help you review the infinitive verb forms, mixed in with a bit of tense review. So, go ahead and test your skills for "Nothing will come of nothing" if you don´t try! And when you are finished, you can quote a little Shakepeare as well, by saying, "What´s done is done."  

14. 2. 2005 | 13:55 

Leisure and Travelling

You can travel abroad or socialize after work either for business or for pleasure. 
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