Compound subjects with ‘and’ – singular or plural?

Compound subjects with ‘and’ – singular or plural?

Are compound subjects using ‘and’ singular or plural? There are exceptions to the standard rule – this article explains with examples.

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Ongoing or Complete? A Past Simple or Continous Exercise

Ongoing or Complete? A Past Simple or Continous Exercise

Taking a break between my examples of different tenses in use, this is a good time to share another English tenses exercise. You may know I'm developing an entire book of exercises to accompany The English Tenses Practical Grammar Guide; it's taken a long time but...

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Combining Different Tenses: Past Simple and Past Continuous

I was recently asked for some basic rules regarding how we can combine two different tenses in one sentence – for example which tenses can or cannot be used together. I’m not aware a comparison of the tenses being readily available in this way; my instinct is that...

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ELB 10k – Book Giveaway

ELB recently passed 10,000 books sold, which is cause to celebrate. It's incredible how far the books have reached, so, this week I'm running a flash giveaway, open from now until Feb 19th, of 15 EBOOKS - five of each of our currently available books: Advanced Writing...

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Improve your writing skills

a treasure chest of a book, full of nuggets of clarity, knowledge and guidance…”

Build better sentences

“Everything you need to know!”

Master the English tenses

“The best book on learning the tenses so far!”

What does it mean to “be of help”?

The phrase “to be of help” is a construction roughly synonymous with “helpful”. “Of help” is particularly common in formal settings, and has a subtly different meaning and application to the adjective “helpful”. I briefly touched on such “noun of noun” constructions...

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The Gift of Time – Christmas English Tenses Exercise

It's that time of the year again where we put lights in the windows and try to bring good cheer, so I've got a new Christmas-themed exercise for you. In the style of the popular Christmas Mess exercise I shared before, the following is a short Christmas story that...

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