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English Grammar Usage

You can find links to pages explaining basic grammar below. If you have any examples, corrections or better explanations you would like to add to any of the pages, send your updates along with the URL of the page you would like to update. Click to send updates or advice.

Transition Words

Transition words are used to connect ideas and show flow. This page shows a list of transition words you can use to guide your reader through your essays or stories.

For Example: Single Transition Words

accordingly, additionally, afterward, afterwards, albeit, also, although, altogether, another, basically…

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Bring vs Take

Third party → take → another location

Talking partner → take → another place

Speaker or writer → take → another place

Third party → bring → the partner of the conversation

Third party → bring → speaker or writer

Speaker or writer ↔ bring ↔ Talking party

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Past Tense Verbs

atedrank, etc…

In English, past tense verbs are actions or events that have finished. There are regular verbs that simply end with a “d” or an “ed” and irregular verbs that look different from the original verb sometimes using an “ied” at the end, like in the past tense verb married.

Regular Verb: “I have cereal every day. I eat breakfast everyday.”

Past Tense: “I had a bowl of cereal for breakfast yesterday. I ate breakfast yesterday.”

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8 Bits of Advice

Use the Active Voice if possible.

Link Ideas with Conjunctions.

Use Commas to Connect Multiple Ideas As One Idea.

Use a Serial Commas in Lists.

Use the Semicolon to Join Ideas.

Use the Simple Present Tense for Habitual Actions.

Use the Present Progressive Tense for Current Action.

If You Don’t Know the Past Tense Verbs Add “ed”.


His way of teaching was very impressive and enjoyable to the students.

Miho Matsui (PhD: American Literature)

Associate Professor, Sapporo City University

(Previously named Sapporo School of the Arts, Design and Nursing School)