Basic Grammar

Linking and helping auxiliary verbs

In English grammar, “Helping and linking auxiliary verbs” play greater role in forming tense, expressing state or condition, and guiding actions of main verb. By, this means, auxiliaries construct better meaning of a given sentence. For more, let’s know something about helping and linking auxiliary verbs. Meaning and examples of linking auxiliary verbs Linking auxiliary means to link or connect. These are used neither to express mood nor voice or state of …

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Modal auxiliary for request

Can, could, and would modal auxiliary verbs are mainly used to express request in our daily interactions. But, all the three auxiliaries aren’t used for same nature of request. Let’s get clarity over Moodal auxiliary for request for confident use. Can modal auxiliary for request Apart from ability, “Can” modal auxiliary is generally used to express:- Slightly forcefulrequest, More basicrequest, For simple purpose or things, …

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Subject and object complements

Complement is an important element of sentence. It may be a word, phrase, or clause used to complement meaning to subject, object or verb in sentence. Among all complements, subject and object complements are highly important to construct complete meaning by providing information to subject or object in the form of words, phrases, or clause. Meaning of subject complements Subject complement is a word, …

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Adverbs of degree functions and examples

Adverbs of degree are used to answer “How far?” or “How much?” questions while qualifying or modifying verbs or adjectives in the sentence. For more, let’s see adverbs of degree functions and examples. Functions and examples of adverbs of degree These adverbs of degree express or indicate the degree, intensity, quantity or extent of action performed in the sentence. Like other adverbs, these adverbs are …

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As long as and So long as

As long as and So long as are conjunctional phrases used to connect or introduce subordinating clauses to indicate “conditional period of time”. These are neither fully conditional nor temporal subordinating connectors. But, a kind of mixture of both. Meaning and examples of as long as and so long as For specifically, the hidden meaning of both phrases indicate:– 1. Meaning …

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Compound and mixed sentences

Conjunctive adverbs are used to connect or link two independent clauses to form compound and mixed sentences. They are like conjunctions; but, conjunctions are used to join two words, phrases, and clauses. The selection of conjunctive adverbs depends on the relationship between two independent clauses. Coordinating conjunctions such as cumulative, alternative, adversative, and illative conjunctions are also used to form compound and mixed …

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Neither nor correlative conjunction

Correlative conjunction is a pair of conjunctions, or phrase generally used together to join two grammatical elements of equal importance such as two nouns, adjectives, noun phrases, or independent clauses. Neither nor is a correlative, as well as alternative coordinating conjunction. As per meaning, “Neither nor” correlative conjunction is used to negate two options in …

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Difference between such as and such that

“Such as” is an appositives (similar to “case in apposition”) used to add similar information to noun or pronoun or make noun more informative. Besides, such…as is also used as a correlative conjunction to join extra similar information. For better clarity, let’s see the difference between such as and such that. In order to understand the appositives, we need to first know the …

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