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Noun Phrases

Noun Phrases

Noun Phrases What are noun phrases? Noun phrases (grouping together a collection of words to act as one noun) are one of the keystones of academic writing. Noun phrase is making the meaning of a noun more precise from the words immediately before (pre-modifying words)...
How to nominalise in academic writing

How to nominalise in academic writing

Nominalisation – how to nominalise in academic writing. What is nominalisation? Nominalisation is the process of changing verbs or adjectives to nouns. Why use nominalisation? The nominalisation grammatical process develops complex grammar noun-phrase...
Academic Grammar

Academic Grammar

Academic Grammar  What are the most common tenses in academic English? According to corpus research, in academic writing, the four tenses used the most often are present simple, past simple, present perfect simple and future simple (will) (Biber et al., 1999; Caplan,...
Academic Definitions

Academic Definitions

WRITING / Definitions Academic Definitions  What are definitions? Definitions are statements explaining the meaning of a word or phrase. Definitions show that you understand key terms and ensure that there is no misunderstanding with your audience. Definitions are...
Verb Patterns Blog

Verb Patterns Blog

GRAMMAR / Verb Patterns Academic Verb Patterns Terms & Conditions of Use  What are verb patterns? A verb pattern is when one verb follows another in a single clause. The former verb dictates how the latter verb will be used. There are five main verb patterns in...
Academic Modal Verbs

Academic Modal Verbs

GRAMMAR / Modal Verbs  Academic Modal Verbs Terms & Conditions of Use  What are modal verbs? Modal verbs are used to express a certain attitude or perspective. They are classified as auxiliary verbs so they have no infinitive form, no gerund form, no past...
Grammar Workshop

Grammar Workshop

SKILLS / Writing / Vocabulary / Grammar Grammar Workshop Terms & Conditions of Use This webpage is a selection of grammar videos and free downloadable PDF exercises. It is mainly focused on general English grammar but is still important in building good grammar...
Text Exploitation

Text Exploitation

How students can exploit a text to support their learning Terms & Conditions of Use How to exploit a text  Lead in What reading strategies have you learnt so far? How else could you use a text to support your learning? Where could you find an academic text that...
Academic Sentence Structure

Academic Sentence Structure

WRITING / sentence structure Sentence Structure Terms & Conditions of Use This page includes a range of lesson / worksheets on sentence structure. Sentence Structure 1 Aim: To support students in their understanding and practice of the four types of sentence...
Cohesion

Cohesion

Cohesion Terms & Conditions of Use What is cohesion? Cohesion refers to the way texts use grammar and vocabulary to ‘stick’ or ‘glue’ ideas together. This is done through articles (a/an/the), pronouns(it/this/these/that/those/etc..), word families (analyse/...
Parallelism

Parallelism

 Parallelism  Terms & Conditions of Use Parallelism is a similarity of grammatical form for similar elements of meaning within a sentence or among sentences. When pairing ideas, underscore their connection by expressing them in similar grammatical form. Paired...
Grammar Tense review

Grammar Tense review

SKILLS / Writing / Vocabulary / Grammar Academic Grammar Terms & Conditions of Use Grammar Tense Review This blog is a lesson on the twelve tenses of English. It includes an easy to understand tense chart of the twelve tenses, their structure and a sample sentence...
Passive Grammar

Passive Grammar

Terms & Conditions of Use Passive Grammar is… …common in academic English because it helps to create formality, focuses on the object and develops an impersonal stance. This blog will look at impersonal passive structures (it is claimed / to +...

Nominalisation

SKILLS / Writing / Vocabulary / Grammar Nominalisation What is nominalisation? Nominalisation is the process of changing verbs or adjectives to nouns. Why use nominalisation? The nominalisation grammatical process develops complex grammar noun-phrase structures....