Common Grammar Questions and Answers
by Lyanne Thomas
Is grammar really important in learning the English language? Well, the answer is yes. Grammar is what connects the language together. It is the way a language is formatted or a sentence is structured.
Incorrect grammar sentences often convey a different meaning than what the speaker or writer really wants to say. To learn the English language one must start with a good grammar foundation or knowledge. No one becomes a good writer or a good speaker without knowledge of correct sentence structure or in short; correct grammar.
Indeed it is true that learning grammar may be a little boring however it is an inevitable fact that one has to learn it to be able to use the English language properly. No matter how boring and tedious the study might be, it proves to be essential.
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Good grammar doesn’t mean you are free to commit grammatical errors, (committing grammatical mistakes at times is a given fact even to a language expert), so do not fret if you find yourself getting confused applying the many and complicated grammar rules; either when you are speaking or writing.
Here is a list of the top 5 common grammar questions and answers:
1. A or An?
The general rule is you use a before a consonant sound while an is used before a vowel sound. When talking about numerals and acronyms, choose a or an according on how the letter or numeral is pronounced.
A nurse is on its way to the emergency room. As an honor to the mayor, the city will have a banquet tomorrow evening.
2. Bring or Take?
Most of the time English learners get confused with these 2 words. Bring is used when you are talking about an object being transported towards you, while take is used when an object is being taken away or is being moved away from you.
Please bring me a glass of orange juice. Take these books to the library.
3. Its or It’s?
Its is the possessive form of it. It’s is the contraction of it is.
It’s my duty to give respect to my country. Its value will mean the most to the buyers.
4. May or Might?
May expresses a great possibility or likelihood on the other hand might is the opposite, it expresses a stronger sense of doubt. Ex:
We may visit you tomorrow. We might be able to see the movie if our meeting is cancelled. 5. Subject verb agreement:
A sentence has a subject and a verb both must agree with each other. If the subject is plural then the linking verb must be in its plural form too, if the subject is singular the linking verb must also be in singular form. Ex:
The nurse is going to the hospital. The nurses are going to the hospital.
When speaking of action verbs, the letter “s” is added at the end of the action verb to indicate that it is in its singular form.
The nurse works in the hospital. The nurses work in the hospital.