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Eng­lish grammar

Some­times it is funny how peo­ple tend to cre­ate sen­tences with their own book of gram­mar. Know­ing the basic rules of gram­mar is essen­tial for proper fram­ing of sen­tences both, while read­ing as well as writ­ing. Being aware of all the know-how of gram­mar, one can speak flu­ent Eng­lish and write prop­erly framed sen­tences with ease.

Types of Grammar

There are two branches of grammar-descriptive and pre­scrip­tive. Both the types are used broadly in day to day life. While numer­ous lin­guists pre­fer to go with the for­mer, those who teach Eng­lish tend to go for the lat­ter. On a big­ger note, descrip­tive gram­mar accepts the gram­mar of any lan­guage the way it is. On the other hand, pre­scrip­tive gram­mar has its own strict set of rules that every part of speech shall abide by so as to be termed as gram­mat­i­cally cor­rect. It is impor­tant to have a broad knowl­edge of both the type to be able to speak and writer proper English.

Can I Ever Master the English Language?

For peo­ple that do not speak the lan­guage, Eng­lish is a myr­iad of com­plex nuances. If you speak the lan­guage then every­thing will come nat­u­rally. This arti­cle looks at some of the ways in which you can mas­ter English.

How to mas­ter the Eng­lish language?

There is no point in study­ing Eng­lish from a the­o­ret­i­cal point of view alone. This is a liv­ing lan­guage that requires prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tion. You need to ensure that you trans­late your mother-tongue into Eng­lish at every oppor­tu­nity. That will give you a chance to prac­tice some of the sim­ple struc­tures that you have learned in class.

In addi­tion you need to con­sider the fol­low­ing things

Proofread your writings using WhiteSmoke

Speak­ing Eng­lish lan­guage is dif­fer­ent from writ­ing it with­out any spelling and gram­mat­i­cal mis­takes. You need sheer prac­tice to excel your­self in Eng­lish lan­guage. This is pos­si­ble by con­tin­ual read­ing, writ­ing, speak­ing Eng­lish, I mean, though you do not know it per­fectly, try to prac­tice it reg­u­larly. It is not always pos­si­ble to do ask someone’s help to cor­rect your mails or writ­ings for spelling and gram­mar errors. Hence, you should take help of soft­ware and inter­net who can solve your prob­lem. Using of MS Word and some sites like spellchecker can solve your prob­lem to an extent but they are very lim­ited. Lack of arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence is the main draw­back of these tools.

I have found soft­ware which will solve these prob­lems. It com­prises sev­eral writ­ing tools, such as a dic­tio­nary, a the­saurus and ready-made let­ter tem­plates; its core fea­ture is its advanced Eng­lish gram­mar checker. It works on Nat­ural Lan­guage Pro­cess­ing tech­nol­ogy. WhiteSmoke can­not detect all errors. Please remem­ber that this soft­ware is not going to solve all your prob­lems com­pletely but this will han­dle all the major issues in your writ­ings and con­verts your un-interesting and errors into pro­fes­sional writ­ings. This soft­ware is com­pat­i­ble with all the oper­at­ing sys­tems. If you want to use WhiteSmoke, then you have to open word proces­sor appli­ca­tions like Notepad or MS Word, high­light the text you want to proof­read and then click on F2 but­ton. Whitesmoke will con­nect to the online server and gives some sug­ges­tion based on the sce­nario. There are many ver­sions in this soft­ware, check out which suits you and get a copy of it!


Why prepo­si­tions are important?

Unfor­tu­nately, most of our early encoun­ters with writ­ten form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion is via Instant Mes­sag­ing or SMS ser­vices. These modes of com­mu­ni­ca­tion are essen­tially one to one form of online com­mu­ni­ca­tion. These forms of online com­mu­ni­ca­tions are pri­mar­ily per­sonal in nature. Offi­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion calls for proper chan­nels of com­mu­ni­ca­tion fol­low­ing the rules of gram­mar. To achieve proper gram­mar, one has to iden­tify the basic parts of speech. Prepo­si­tions are one of the eight parts of speech.

What is a preposition?

Prepo­si­tions are link­ers. They link a groups of words. Nouns, pro­nouns and phrases to other parts in a sen­tence. Prepo­si­tions indi­cate the rela­tion between things in a sen­tence. A prepo­si­tion locates a noun and links it to the other part of the sen­tence. Sim­ply put, prepo­si­tion is a part of speech which intro­duces a prepo­si­tional phrase.
Let’s exam­ine some exam­ples:-
1) The cat sleeps on the sofa.
Here on is the prepo­si­tion and it intro­duces the prepo­si­tional phrase “the sofa”.
2) We drove to the store.
Here to is the prepo­si­tion and it intro­duces the prepo­si­tional phrase “the store”
Golden Rule:
Prepo­si­tion can only be fol­lowed by a noun or a sen­tence depend­ing upon the preposition.

Par­ti­cle and Prepositions

Prepo­si­tions do not alter the mean­ing of the verbs pre­ced­ing them. Par­ti­cles are phrasal verbs i.e. they are a part of the phrase.
Jack ran up the bill.
In this exam­ple, ran up is a phrase. Hence here up is a par­ti­cle.
Jack ran up the hill.
Here, up is used as a preposition.


Con­fus­ing Prepositions

Let’s exam­ine some of the con­fus­ing prepo­si­tions.
1) At/On/In
At prepo­si­tion is used to men­tion a par­tic­u­lar time. E.g. At mid­night.
On prepo­si­tion is used for cer­tain dates and days .E.g. On his anniver­sary.
In prepo­si­tion is used for period of time. E.g. In an year.

2) For/While/During/Since
For prepo­si­tion is used to express a period of time. E.g. I have been on this case for two years now.
While prepo­si­tion is used when more than one action is involved. E.g. The thief sneaked into their houses while they were holidaying.

Dur­ing prepo­si­tion is used to indi­cate the dura­tion of the action. E.g. He learnt gui­tar dur­ing his sum­mer vacation.

Since prepo­si­tion is used with a spe­cific date or time. E.g. They have been liv­ing here since 1990.

Some Com­mon Prepo­si­tions
• aboard
• about
• above
• across
• after
• against
• along
• amid
• among
• anti
• around
• as
• at
• before
• behind
• below
• beneath
• beside
• besides
• between
• beyond
• but
• by
• con­cern­ing
• con­sid­er­ing
• despite
• down
• dur­ing
• except
• except­ing
• exclud­ing
• fol­low­ing
• for
• from
• in
• inside
• into
• like
• minus
• near
• of
• off
• on
• onto
• oppo­site
• out­side
• over
• past
• per
• plus
• regard­ing
• round
• save
• since
• than
• through
• to
• toward
• towards
• under
• under­neath
• unlike
• until
• up
• upon
• ver­sus
• via
• with
• within
• without

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