Passive in English

Passive in English The passive is used to show interest in the person or object that experiences an action rather than the person or object that performs the action. Forming the passive The passive in English is composed of two elements: the appropriate form of […]


THE POSSESSIVE FORM OF NOUNS The possessive form is used with nouns referring to people, groups of people, countries, and animals. It shows a relationship of belonging between one thing and another. To form the possessive, add apostrophe + s to the noun. For example: […]

Parentheses and Brackets

Parentheses and Brackets The difference between a ‘bracket’ and a ‘parentheses’ can be a bit confusing. Generally, parentheses refers to round brackets () and brackets to square brackets[]. Parentheses are punctuation marks that are used to set off information within a text or paragraph. For […]

Direct and indirect speech

Direct and indirect speech Direct speech describes when something is being repeated exactly as it was – usually in between a pair of inverted commas. For example: He told me,“I’ll call you at 8pm.” Indirect speech will still share the same information – but instead […]

Question tags

Question tags A tag question is a special construction in English. We usually use them for checking information that we think we know is true or for asking for confirmation that we have heard something correctly. They are very common in English. Useful rules If […]

The interrogative form

The interrogative form The construction of the interrogative form is different if the verb is an auxiliary verb (be, have, will, can, etc.), or a ‘normal’ verb. Interrogative of ‘normal’ (non-auxiliary) verbs For ‘normal’ verbs (verbs that are not auxiliary verbs like ‘to be’, ‘to […]