Yes, you can. But sometimes you can not. Or cannot. Or can’t. Well, which one is it? Let’s find out in this article! Continue reading SOS English: Cannot vs. Can Not
Next to nouns and verbs, adjectives are essential to every meaningful sentence. There wouldn’t even be any exciting stories to tell if it wasn’t for adjectives. Simply put, adjectives describe to us “what something or someone is like.” But let’s dive deeper into the topic and show you how to identify an adjective when you see one. Continue reading Grammar Basics: Adjectives
When it comes to relative pronouns, there’s no way around using “who,” “which,” and “that.” We’ve already discussed the difference between “which” and “that” in this article. So today, we’ll take a turn on the usage of “who” and “which.” Relative … Continue reading SOS English: “Who” vs. “Which”
In saying “Sorry” and to apologize, you admit that you did something wrong. However, the difference between these two phrases is very subtle but still impactful, depending on the situation. Continue reading I’m sorry, I apologize.
The confusion between “who’s” and “whose” is pretty much the same as with “it’s” and “its.” One is the contraction of “who is” or “who has” – the other is used to show ownership. Compared to one of our previous articles about “who vs. whom,” this topic here is much easier to understand. Continue reading SOS English: “Who’s” vs. “Whose”
The words “literally” and “figuratively” are indispensable to our everyday communication and social interaction. Most people will understand that when you say, “I literally peed my pants of fright when my friends pulled this stupid prank on me,” you most probably didn’t really pee your pants. However, you’d use “literally” for the case you’d actually peed your pants and “figuratively” when you were just really, really scared at that particular moment. Confused? Well, let’s dive in deeper and have a closer look. Continue reading SOS English: Literally vs. Figuratively
Verbs describe a physical (run, jump, talk) or mental (think, confuse, guess) action or a state of being (to exist, to live, to be).
With a noun or pronoun (which primarily functions as “subject”), verbs tell us what the subject does or performs. Even though that might sound easy to understand, there are, however, a couple of things you have to keep in mind, especially if you’re currently trying to learn English. So, let’s get going, shall we? Continue reading Grammar Basics: Verbs
“Who” and “whoever” are so-called “subjective pronouns,” whereas “whom” and “whomever” are used for objective cases. Usually, we use those words in combination with a question or a relative clause about a person. Although the usage of “who” and “whom” is quite simple to most people, some may still stumble upon some difficulties.
With this short guide, it’ll be much easier for you to decide when to use “who” or “whom” correctly in the future! Continue reading SOS English: Who vs. Whom
You may or may not believe it, but sometimes even co-workers here at Grammatica struggle to find out when to use a hyphen in English. Then I’ll get the question ‘To hyphen or not to hyphen?’ and that’s when we figured we should create an own article for that specific topic. Yes, this one’s for you, Christoph. Continue reading To Hyphenate or Not to Hyphenate – That’s The Question
Whether you’ve just recently started learning English, want to get a better understanding of your own language, or like to learn something out of curiosity – understanding the basic rules of a language is a must, not only to create proper and solid sentences but also to improve your overall communication skills in both written and spoken form. Continue reading Grammar Basics: Nouns