Singular vs. Plural

English nouns can be classified as count (singular and plural) and non-count. The singular form is used when considering the noun as a single item (count) or entity (non-count). brick dog airplane person foot water sugar truth education The plural form is used when considering more than one of the same item. Non-count nouns do…

Prepositions: In, On, and At

Prepositions: In, On, and At (with specific times and places) The prepositions in, on, and at can be used to indicate time and place. Notice how they are used in the following situations: Preposition Time Place In Year, Month, In 1999, In December Country, State, City In Japan, In Utah, InTaipei On Day, Date On…

Prepositions and Time Words

General In (year, month) In 1989, in December On (day, date) On monday, on Dec. 14, 2001 At (time) At 7:00, at 8:30 During (decade, long time period) During the 1960s, during the 20th Century Specific Time: “When?” (Use simple tenses.) When did you eat your breakfast? I ate my breakfast at 9:00. When were…

Prepositions of Location

The most common prepositions of location are in outside (of) on between at beside by beyond near in front of nearby in back of above behind below next to over on top of under within up beneath down underneath around among through along inside against   These prepositions are most commonly followed by “the” and…

Adverbs and Prepositions

Adverbs are words or groups of words which tell time, place, frequency or manner. I ate my lunch yesterday. I ate at that restaurant last week. She went there. She went downtown. Prepositions are usually followed by objects in prepositional phrases. They can also be used to indicate time, place, frequency, duration, reason, manner, or…

Prepositions

Prepositionsindicate relationships between words or ideas. Most prepositions deal with location and are easy to learn. aboveinside beside near up before* with into between like despite belowoutside beyond nearby down after* without out (of) among as in spite of overaround behind by toward during within off except than beneath underthrough in front of next to…

Adverbs

Adverbs are used to describe actions. They may come before or after a verb, but not between a verb and its object. Mrs.Jenner sang softly. (Most common word order.) Mrs. Jenner softly sang. (Also possible.) Mrs. Jenner softly sang a lullaby. Mrs. Jenner sang a lullaby softly. Mrs. Jenner sang softly a lullaby. (Not correct.)…