25 Amazing English Grammar Tricks

25 Amazing English Grammar Tricks
25 Amazing English Grammar Tricks 


Simple Sentence:

This contains a single, independent clause.

Example: I don’t like dogs.

Compound Sentence:

This contains two independent clauses that are joined by a coordinating conjunction as but, or ,so etc.

Example: I don’ like dogs and my sister doesn’t like cats.

Complex Sentence:

This contains an independent clause, plus one or more dependent clauses. A dependent clause starts with a subordinating conjunction such as that, because, while, although, where, if.

Example: I don’t like dogs that bark at me when I go out for a walk.

( There are two dependent clauses here, one beginning with ‘that’ and the other with ‘when’.)

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A Compound- Complex Sentence:

This contains three or more clauses of which at least two are independent and one is dependent.

Example: I don’t like dogs and my sister doesn’t like cats because they are too friendly.

(Here the two independent clauses are ‘ I don’t like dogs’ and ‘my sister doesn’t like cats’ and the dependent clause starts with ‘because’.)

Tag Questions:

These sentences are with short questions and ‘tags, at the end of them.

Example: Versha is good at drawing, isn’t she?

Coordinate Adjectives:

They are the series of adjectives that make use of commas and can be rearranged and still be grammatically correct.


She was a kind, generous, loving mother.

She was a generous, loving, kind mother.

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Non – coordinate Adjectives:

They cannot be rearranged in the series and no commas are used to separate them.


She has two energetic playful boys.

(The adjectives ‘energetic’ and ‘playful’ cannot be interchanged as the sentence will become ungrammatical)

Compound Adjective:

They have more than one word and usually a hyphen is used to link the words together to show that it is one adjective.


Please buy a six- foot carpet.

(Here, ‘six-foot’ is an adjective, describing the noun ‘carpet’.)

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Mood is the form, a verb takes to show how it is to be regarded. It shows the attitude of the speaker toward what he is saying.

In English, There are three moods:

The Indicative Mood:

This expresses facts.


The sky is clear tonight.

She stopped during the lecture.

The Imperative Mood:

This expresses commands.


Clean your room. (Positive command)

Will you please clean your room? (Positive command but polite)

Don’t be late.(Negative command)

Could you not be late? (Negative command but polite)

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The Subjunctive Mood:

This expresses emotion, doubt, desire and possibility.


I wish it were still in use.

It is important she attend the meeting.

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There are eight types of phrases: noun, verb, gerund, infinitive, appositive, participial, prepositional and absolute.

A Verb Phrase:

This is also called a phrasal verb. It is easy to recognize. It consists of a main verb and one or more helping verbs. The main verb is always the last verb in the phrase.There are two types of phrasal verbs: separable(the verb and the preposition can be separated, putting the object in the middle) and inseparable (the object must come at the end because the verb and the preposition must stay together). Inseparable phrasal verbs always behave as a single word.


I always run into Reema at the mall.(Inseparable)

His students write everything he says down.(Separable)

A Prepositional Phrase:

This begins with a preposition and ends with a noun or a pronoun. This phrase contains no verbs and functions as an adjective or adverb.


This announcement for the play arrived after it was over.

He walked into the meeting just as the principal arrived.

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A Participle Phrase:

This begins with a past or present participle. Participles are formed from verbs and end in ‘ing’ or ‘ed’.


Knowing what I know now, I wish I had never come here. (Present Participle Phrase)

Painted a brilliant white, the small room appeared bigger. (Past Participle Phrase)

An Infinitive Phrase:

This is a noun phrase that begins with an infinitive. An infinitive is the word to + verb. This type of phrase functions as a noun, an adjective or an adverb.


To get an appointment with him is very difficult. (noun)

He wrote a letter to raise funds for the foundation.(adverb)

The decision to cancel the holiday was very unpopular. (adjective)

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A Gerund Phrase:

This is simply a noun phrase that starts with a gerund (verb+ing) plus its related words.


Rita’s singing is a pleasure to listen to.

I love getting a book as a gift.

An Absolute Phrase:

This modifies an entire sentence, instead of a single word in the sentence but cannot stand alone as a complete sentence. The absolute phrase has two parts: a noun + a participle.


Her work completed, Reena went home. (Noun + Participle)

Weather permitting, we shall meet in the evening. (Noun + Participle)

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Noun Phrase:

This is a word or group of words in a sentence that acts like a noun.


All the children were sleeping.

An Appositive Phrase:

This restates a noun and consists of one or more words.


A cheetah, the fastest land animal, can run 70 miles an hour.



Conjunctions connect or join together words, phrases, clauses or sentences.

Coordinating Conjunctions:

They connect two equal parts of a sentence. They can join words to words, phrase to phrase and a clause to a clause.

Examples: and, but, or yet, so etc.

Most children like chocolates and ice cream. (word to word)

Meet me at the club or at the mall.(Phrase to Phrase)

What you want and what you need are two different things. (Clause to Clause)

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Subordinating Conjunctions:

They connect two unequal parts(dependent and independent clauses). They join two clauses together but in doing so they make one clause subordinate upon the other.

Examples: after, unless, although, until, lest, whenever, as if, wherever, whether, because, while, before, since, so that, etc.

I am staying in because it is raining.

Even if it rains, I am going out.

I an going out after the match.

Conjunctive Adverbs:

They are conjunctions that join independent clauses together. The first clause is followed by a semi-colon.


I wanted to see a movie; however, my friend wanted to see a play.

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Correlative Conjunctions:

They are used in pairs.


He needs not only money but also a place to stay.

Either go home or stay here.


Morphemic Strategies:

They are based on the knowledge of how the meaning of a word influences its spelling.

Metacognitive Strategies:

This is a preparation for learning.

This includes how to accomplish a task and what tools are needed to accomplish a task.

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Cognitive Strategies:

This is interacting with the contents either mentally or physically.

Social or Affective Strategies:

This includes interacting with others to facilitate learning.

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