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English Grammar for Advanced Learners

Advanced level grammar structures such as reported speech, conditional sentences, adverbial phrases and more. These English grammar resources for advanced level learners can be used in class or used for self study purposes.

English Gerund
The English gerund form is also often referred to as the 'ing' form. This guide to the English gerund discusses the various uses of the gerund, and includes lists of verbs that take other verbs in the gerund form

Adverb Placement in English
Guide to how to adverb placement in English for English language learners and classes.

Uses of the Verb To Have
Guide to the various uses of the verb to have in English. This page was prepared with English as a Second Language students in mind and can also be used in class or for reference.

'Such' and 'So'
This guide to the differences between usage in so and such to provide reasons for doing something for English learners.

Focus on Adjectives Ending in -ic and -ical
Focus on Adjectives Ending in -ic and -ical for ESL Classes and Learners. This overview provides example sentences and a clear explanation of the differences between these two forms.

Focus on the Verb - 'Use'
An in-depth guide to the various uses of the verb 'use' to express habit, and ability to cope with a given situation.

Differences between Action and Stative Verbs
Description of the differences between action and stative verbs for ESL and EFL classes.

Guide to Reported Speech
Guide to learning and teaching reported speech for students and teachers. This guide includes a brief description, links to detailed explanations, quizzes, free lesson plans, related activities and worksheets.

Guide to Past Simple and Past Continuous
Guide to learning past simple and past continuous for students and teachers. This guide includes a brief description, links to detailed explanations, quizzes, free lesson plans, related activities and worksheets.

Guide to the Conditional Forms
Guide to learning the conditional forms for students and teachers. This guide includes a brief description, links to detailed explanations, quizzes, free lesson plans, related activities and worksheets.

English Tip of the Day
Each day receive a new English use tip with sentence examples. There is also a Quiz of the Day and Worksheet of the Day. The English level, quiz and worksheet start off easy at an intermediate level. As the months go by, you'll improve your level to advanced English usage.

Common Mistakes in English - Have vs. Of in Conditional Forms
Guide to some of the most common mistakes in English - Have vs. Of in Conditional Forms.

English Verb Resources
Here is a guide to the extensive English verb resources at the site. Resources include information on verb conjugation, auxiliary verbs, phrasal verbs, verb patterns and more.

Verb + Preposition Combinations
Reference guide with example sentences to the most common verb preposition combinations for advanced learners of English.

Inversion
Guide to inversion and the various forms used for inverted sentences such as the negatives never, scarcely, only after, little, etc.

Non-Continuous Verbs
A look at common verbs that are not used in the continuous - progressive - forms.

English Contractions
List of English contractions with full verb and example sentences for ESL students.

Prepositional Phrases - Quiz 1
"___ addition to Tom, we have invited Peter." Which is correct: in, at, with or by? Not sure? Try these three prepositional phrase quizzes to help your understanding of common prepositional phrases.

Advanced English Grammar Review Quiz
This quiz provides questions that cover each of the most important Grammar points that advanced level English students need to know. Correct answers are provided after each question and a total score is given with feedback at the end of the test.

Adding Emphasis in English - Cleft Sentences, Inversion and More
This article provides an explanation of a number of forms used to emphasize statements when expressing opinions, disagreeing, making strong suggestions, expressing annoyance, etc.

Adjective + Preposition Combinations - # 1
Study the use of these common expressions using adjective and preposition combinations.

Adjective + Preposition Combinations - # 2
Study the use of these common expressions using adjective and preposition combinations.

Adjective + Preposition Combinations - Quiz # 1
Check your understanding of the use of these common expressions using adjective and preposition combinations.

Adjective + Preposition Combinations - Quiz # 2
Check your understanding of the use of these common expressions using adjective and preposition combinations.

Adjective Placement Quiz
Test your knowledge of using more than one adjective to describe a noun (i.e., an interesting old English book).

Adjective Placement
Guideline to the correct order of adjectives when using more than one adjective to describe a noun (i.e., an interesting old English book).

Adverb Clauses Expressing Conditions
How to use adverb clauses such as if, unless, only if, even if, etc. to express conditions for results.

Adverb Clauses Expressing Opposition
How to use adverb clauses with time expressions such though, even though, whereas, etc. to show clauses in opposition to each other.

Adverb Clauses Overview
Introduction to the use of adverb clauses using a chart to show the various types of adverb clauses used (time, opposition, condition and cause/effect).

Adverb Clauses Showing Cause and Effect
How to use adverb clauses such as because, as, since, etc. to express cause and effect.

Adverb Clauses with Time Expressions
How to use adverb clauses with time expressions such as when, as soon as, before, etc.

Adverb Usage Quiz
Intermediate to advanced English learning quiz using a wide variety of adverbs to fill in the blanks to complete a short tale about someone who wanted to learn Russian.

Alternate Conditional Forms
There are a number of alternate forms used with the conditional. This features focuses on variations in standard conditional sentences.

Auxiliary Verb Usage in English
Knowing correct auxiliary verb usage is key to tense usage. Every tense takes an auxiliary form of the verb. This guide to auxiliary verb provides an overview and quiz of auxiliary verb usage in English.

Basic English Punctuation Rules
This guide provides instruction on the basic rules of using a period, comma, colon, semicolon, question mark and exclamation point. It is intended for intermediate to advanced level ESL EFL English classes.

Causative Verbs
Explanation of the Engilsh causative verbs have and make with examples of structures and usage. For use in ESL and EFL classes.

Contractions
When we use contractions (He's, We've etc.) in English including when to use contractions in written English.

English Article Useage Quiz #1
Quiz focusing on article useage in English. Choose a, an, the or nothing to complete the gaps.

English Grammar Quick Review: Tenses
This grammar reference section provides a quick review and explanation of tenses used in English. The feature is divided into sections on present, past and future tenses including tense usage instructions, example sentences and hints.

English Grammar Workbooks
Top grammar workbook recommendations for English as a Second Language students and teachers. These grammar workbooks are used in both the UK and the United States for classes and self-study from beginning to advanced levels.

English Tense Review - Conjugating Verbs
Tense review for advanced level English learners asking students to conjugate verbs in the context of a short reading selection.

English Tense Review
English Tense Review to help advanced level English ESL EFL TESL or TOEFL classes and students review all major tenses through first reading, then naming and finally conjugating the same challenging text.

English Tenses Review - Naming Tenses
This advanced level English activity asks students to identify the proper tense of each conjugation in a short reading extract. It includes the answer key for those studying online.

English Tenses
A quick overview chart to 13 tenses in English. This guide gives you a general idea of when to use these tenses.

English Verbs - Example Sentences in All Tenses
English learning resource providing example sentences of verbs in all tenses including active and passive forms, as well as conditional and modal forms.

Exceptions to the Present Simple
In certain instances you can use both the auxiliary 'd' and principle verb together to form a positive sentence. This and other exceptions to the simple present are discussed in this feature.

Future Tense Forms Review Quiz
This review quiz touches on a wide variety of future tenses forms and is ideal for upper intermediate to advanced level review.

Gerund Or Infinitive Learning Tool
Not sure whether the verb takes the '-ing' form or the infinitive? Use this great interactive tool to check which form is appropriate.

Grammar Terminology Reference
Extract with a follow-up guide giving examples of the most important grammar terminology. Quickly brush-up your or your class' understanding of key grammar terminology, while at the same time reviewing some basic grammar concepts.

Impersonal Subjects and Gerunds
When making general statements about an activity we can use two forms in English. Grammar explaination and quiz for upper intermediate to advanced level classes and students.

Modal Verb Basics - Quiz 1
Quiz on the basics of modal verbs with explanation of basic modal verb concepts for English learners.

More Sentence Transformation Exercises
Prepare for exams such as the TOEFL, FCE, CAE and Proficiency Cambridge Exams using this sentence transformation exercise which will test your knowledge of related English structures and forms.

Nouns + Prepositions
Study the use of these common noun and preposition combinations.

Paired Conjunctions - both - and, not only - but also, etc.
Paired conjunctions are especially useful for formal written English. Use this quiz to check your understanding of how these forms are used.

Passives Quiz - Active to Passive Voice
Check your understanding of the use of passive voice with this quiz asking for transformations from active to passive voice.

Passives Quiz - Passive to Active
Check your understanding of the use of passive voice with this quiz asking for transformations from passive to active voice.

Past Tense Forms Review Quiz
This review quiz touches on a wide variety of past tenses forms and is ideal for upper intermediate to advanced level review.

Personal Pronouns, Adjectives, Reflexive Forms: Quiz 1
Cloze quiz focusing on personal pronouns, posessive adjectives, possessive pronouns and reflexive forms.

Personal Pronouns, Adjectives, Reflexive Forms: Quiz 2
Cloze quiz focusing on personal pronouns, posessive adjectives, possessive pronouns and reflexive forms.

Prepositional Phrase Reference Sheet
Improve your knowledge of some of the most important and common combinations of prepositions used in English. Here is a reference sheet of some of the most common prepositional phrases arranged by preposition.

Prepositional Phrases Quiz 3
Test your knowledge of the some of the most common prepositional phrases in English. Complete the 15 sentences with the prepositional phrases provided.

Prepositional Phrases Quiz 4
Test your knowledge of the some of the most common prepositional phrases in English. Complete the 15 sentences with the prepositional phrases provided.

Prepositional Phrases Quiz 5
Test your knowledge of the some of the most common prepositional phrases in English. Complete the 15 sentences with the prepositional phrases provided.

Prepostion Combinations Quiz - 1
Improve your knowledge of some of the most important and common combinations of prepositions used in English. These combinations are used to connect, explain and show the relationship between ideas and things.

Prepostion Combinations Quiz - 2
Improve your knowledge of some of the most important and common combinations of prepositions used in English. These combinations are used to connect, explain and show the relationship between ideas and things.

Relative Clause Use
Relative clauses provide extra information. This information can either define something (defining clause), or provide unnecessary, but interesting, added information (non-defining clause).

Sentence Transformation Exercises
Using one word change the structure of the sentence while not changing the meaning. This sentence transformation exercise will help you master English forms.

Sentence Transformation Exercises
The ability to rewrite sentences so that they have the same meaning as the original is often required for many English ESL EFL Exams such as Cambridge's First Certificate, CAE and Proficiency. This skill can also help you prepare for the TOEFL examination (Test of English as a Foreign Language). There are five of these exercises in this series.

Subordinate clauses - concessive, time, place, reason clauses
Explanation with examples of four important subordinate clauses - concessive, time, place and reason clauses.

Time Expressions Usage
Challenging quiz connecting sentences with the correct time clause (when, since, etc.) and then choosing the correct tense. Great for review.

TOEFL Structure Practice
Interactive structure quiz similar to those of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). There are five interactive exercises in this series.

Verb Followed by Preposition - Quizzes
Certain verbs are followed by certain prepositions. Minor mistakes made in the choice of these prepositions is quite common, even among advanced level students. Check your accuracy with these advanced level quizzes.

What are Adverbs?
There are five different types of adverbs. This feature explains each of the five adverbs types, adverb spelling and adverb placement, as well as exceptions to the rules.

What are Phrasal Verbs?
This guide provides a overview of phrasal verbs including a discussion of separable and inseparable phrasal verbs.

Verb Form Quizzes - Gerund or Infinitive?
Take these quizzes to test your understanding of when to use the gerund (playing) and the infinitive (to play) when following other verbs.

Direct Objects
Explanation of direct objects especially written for English as a Second Language or Foreign Language learners. A variety of direct object types are explained and examples are included to illustrate.

Would Rather
The usage of would rather to express preferences is similar in meaning to would prefer to. There are, however, key differences in structure that this guide discuss with example sentences and structure explanations.

Participles
Participles are used in tenses and for other purposes. This discussion of the various uses of the present and past participles describes each type and its uses.

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