Empowering Parents, English Grammar

Nouns and Its Types

A noun names a person, place, animal or thing. Therefore, they are also called naming words. They are of different types. We will deal with them one at a time. Here's a list of all the major types of nouns and their explanation. Proper Nouns Common Nouns: The video given below covers common and proper… Continue reading Nouns and Its Types

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The Basics of Punctuation Marks

Punctuation marks matter! Yes, they do. Just read the following sentences given in the image: Image Source- pinterest.com The two sentences mean completely different things. The first one means that we should eat grandma like food whereas the second one tells us that someone is talking to grandma and telling her that they should eat… Continue reading The Basics of Punctuation Marks

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Subject-Verb Agreement: Best Friends with a Twist- Video

I still remember the day I introduced my grade 4 students to The Grammar Family. I told them about how each member of the family has its own place without which everything would be topsy-turvy in the Grammar family's household. But, there are some words that are naughty and keep breaking the rules. And how… Continue reading Subject-Verb Agreement: Best Friends with a Twist- Video

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Exercises on Commas- II

Image source: Grammarly.comComma is an extremely important member of the punctuation family. But it is slightly confused too. It is like the young siblings of the full stop for it doesn't know whether it should end the sentence or let it go on. So it kind of does both and neither of these things completely.… Continue reading Exercises on Commas- II

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Adverbs and Its Kinds

Whenever I teach adverbs to my grade 4 and 5 students, these resources prove to be really useful. Here's a look at some of them. Video 1: Adverbs and Its Kinds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJCeol2ZrTY Video 2: Adverbs of Frequency https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpESOerMY7I Video 3: Adverbs of Frequency- Description of Different Words https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEVIKyTgL40 Happy learning! Do like, share, follow and… Continue reading Adverbs and Its Kinds

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Reblog: It’s All in the Mind: Phrases with ‘mind’- Cambridge Dictionaries

Adding idioms and phrases to our speech or writing helps us to sound more like a native speaker of English. Here are some interesting phrases with the word "mind" to help you with this. Remember, remembering phrases or vocabulary can be challenging for most people. So, a way that I use to help me with… Continue reading Reblog: It’s All in the Mind: Phrases with ‘mind’- Cambridge Dictionaries

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18 Grammatical Errors Even Smart People Make

Language can be a tricky business sometimes, especially when we have been hearing and watching the wrong thing without someone correcting it. Fortunately, with a little caution, we can always undo the mistakes that have become a part of our learning. Therefore, here's a list of some common errors even adults make. Article Do try… Continue reading 18 Grammatical Errors Even Smart People Make

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5 Phrasal Verbs with the Verb “Take”

Here's something interesting I found which will help you speak and write better English. Click here to view it. Do let me know what you think about this. Use them in sentences so that they stay with you. You can leave your sentences in the comments section for your friends to see. Happy learning!

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Present, Past and Future Continuous Tenses

The continuous tense shows an action that is, was, or will be in progress at a certain time. The continuous tense is formed with the verb ‘be’ + -ing form of the verb. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYuwpd0YShU Questions to guide your thinking: What are continuous tenses?Give two examples of each of the following by writing complete sentences:Present Continuous… Continue reading Present, Past and Future Continuous Tenses

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Exercises on Direct and Indirect Speech (Declarative Sentences)

Practice makes perfect. Here are some exercises on Direct- Indirect Speech (Declarative Sentences) for you to practice for your test. The exercises are of different levels of difficulty. In case you want to revise the concepts before you attempt the exercises, watch the videos n Direct and Indirect Speech by clicking here. Exercise -1 Exercise-… Continue reading Exercises on Direct and Indirect Speech (Declarative Sentences)

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Direct and Indirect Speech (Declarative Sentences) – Videos

Direct Speech is when the exact words of the speaker are used in a conversation. The exact words of the speaker are enclosed in quotation marks. Indirect Speech is when we convey the words/ message of the speaker in our own words. Therefore, it is also called Reported Speech. Here the quotation marks are not… Continue reading Direct and Indirect Speech (Declarative Sentences) – Videos

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Prepositions- Explanation and Examples (FBLD)

Ever wondered what prepositions are? Here's your answer. Prepositions are words that link nouns, pronouns and other words in a sentence. Here are some videos that will help you to understand Prepositions step-by-step. Video on- What are Prepositions? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VK-kXkXTBc Video on- Position of Prepositions in a Sentence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF6LE4P_bEU A video song on various examples of… Continue reading Prepositions- Explanation and Examples (FBLD)

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Good Signs for Readers- Punctuation Marks

Using punctuation marks is essential while writing, for without them, the reader feels lost while reading. He/she wouldn't know when a thought has ended or what the feeling behind the thought is, like whether it was a strong emotion or a normal one. Like look at this picture.Punctuation marks completely alter the meaning of a… Continue reading Good Signs for Readers- Punctuation Marks

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How to Spell Well?

Here's what I have to tell anyone who has trouble with spellings- please use the following: These are easy yet effective tools. When I am spelling, I am unconsciously using a combination of these or at least one of them. Another thing that helps me with spellings is that most words or similar words have… Continue reading How to Spell Well?

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Exercises on Commas

So here a video to help you learn about some of the uses of commas: https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/grammar/punctuation-the-comma-and-the-apostrophe/introduction-to-commas/v/meet-the-comma-the-comma-punctuation-khan-academy Exercise on use of commas to punctuate lists. Exercise on use of commas while directly addressing someone. Here's a quiz on commas. Mixed bag quiz on commas. Another mixed bag exercise. You can check your answers at the end.… Continue reading Exercises on Commas

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FANBOYS Conjunctions

Conjunctions are also known as "joining words". They can be used to join words like: Jasmine and Jyoti are best friends. Here the conjunction "and" is joining the two names- Jasmine and Jenny. Or, they can be used to join two sentences. Like: James went to the market. He bought a packet of chips. We… Continue reading FANBOYS Conjunctions

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Direct and Indirect Speech

Direct and Indirect Speech is one of those topics that ESL learners find especially challenging. However, if you only understand the use of both types of speeches, it becomes fairly easy. I always tell my students to just think about reporting everything that is said in the direct speech to a friend of theirs in… Continue reading Direct and Indirect Speech

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Still Think Punctuation Isn’t Important?

Funny right? or Funny, right? Did you get the difference between my first two sentences? The first sentence "Funny right?" means that the right side is funny, whereas the second sentence "Funny, right?" simply means that I am asking for an affirmation from you that these pictures are funny. By the way, even the meaning… Continue reading Still Think Punctuation Isn’t Important?

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All About “Question Tags”

I asked my students what does a tag on clothes looks like? Most of them said that it hangs separately to the piece of clothing. They all agreed it sort of sticks out at the end. Similarly a Question Tag is a small question that sticks out at the end of a statement. It is… Continue reading All About “Question Tags”

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Types of Sentences

There are four types of sentences. Knowing the different types of sentences helps to write the correct sentence structure and also in proper punctuation. Here is a video that will help you to identify them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pf9LWnnADzw Just to add on, Imperative Sentences also express requests, advice or suggestions. Now, let's test how much you have… Continue reading Types of Sentences

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Comparison of Adverbs

We earlier learnt about the various kinds of adverbs. If you want to revisit the post, click here. Now let's learn about the adverbs that compare. Here's a video on this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shLLaRxIgnw Do notice the adverbs that are compared in an irregular way. Now, test how much you understood by clicking on the links to… Continue reading Comparison of Adverbs

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Active and Passive Voice

Active Voice: The verb is in active voice when the subject performs the action. The focus is on the subject. Eg. The lion killed the deer. Passive voice: The verb is in passive voice when the subject receives the action. The focus is on the action. Eg. The deer was killed by the lion. HOW… Continue reading Active and Passive Voice

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Common Errors in English: Part- I

This picture tells us about some common mistakes we make in English. There are mistakes related to subject-verb agreement, use of correct adverb and many other grammar topics. Just check which mistakes you make, and try to avoid them next time. One mistake I have seen a lot of people make is using the past… Continue reading Common Errors in English: Part- I

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Word of the Day- October 22, 2018

urge i. (verb) try earnestly or persistently to persuade (someone) to do something. Sentence- The teacher urged his students to follow the traffic rules everytime in order to avoid accidents. ii. (noun) a strong desire or impulse Sentence- As the two children were cracking jokes in the class, they had a strong urge to giggle… Continue reading Word of the Day- October 22, 2018

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Simple Tense: Past, Present and Future

Tenses are one of those parts of a sentence which most children fail to write correctly. Without correct tenses the reader doesn't get to know when the action happened. It all starts with the simple tenses. So here's a video which makes simple tenses simple to understand. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NdSJ0Kc1iY Do like, share, follow and comment if… Continue reading Simple Tense: Past, Present and Future