Pedantry and Prepositions

In our rush to write perfect English, we should perhaps pause for a moment and consider the importance of style. Whilst some words and phrases are quite clearly wrong, there are occasions when style can legitimately overrule supposedly correct sentence structure. Just because a sentence disobeys one or more rules, it is not necessarily badly […]

Conjunctions and Interjections

Conjunctions and Interjections There are eight ‘Parts of Speech’. We’ve had a quick look at nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs,pronouns and prepositions. Finally we come to conjunctions and interjections. Neither of them are particularly difficult to understand, but they play important roles when you are trying to learn how to write good English. CONJUNCTIONS are joining […]

Pronouns and Prepositions

Pronouns and Prepositions We come now to pronouns and prepositions – important parts of speech when you’re learning how to write good English. PRONOUNS, as the name suggests, are used instead of nouns – they are pro-nouns. They help us simplify sentences by avoiding repetition. It would be clumsy to write “John sat down at […]

Parts of Speech – Nouns and Verbs

Nouns and Verbs Parts of speech are the names that describe the role or purpose of the different types of words in a language; the job that each word performs in a sentence. First are NOUNS, which are names of things. PROPER NOUNS normally begin with a capital letter (sometimes known as ‘upper case’) and […]