12 Basic English Grammar Rules



12 Basic English Grammar Rules :



1. It is perfectly acceptable to start a sentence with AND or BUT.

2. It is perfectly acceptable to end a sentence with a preposition.

3. The adverb corresponding to the adjective GOOD is WELL.

4. The subject of the sentence determines the number of the verb.

5. Both either and neither can be used as subjects and they take singular verbs.

6. With NEITHER / NOR and EITHER / OR in the subject position, the second element controls the number of the verb.

7. A flat adverb like THUS or DOUBTLESS takes no –ly ending.

8. The words HOWEVER, THEREFORE and OTHERWISE cannot join independent clauses without additional punctuation.

9. With a verb phrase, the adverb usually goes after the first auxiliary verb.

10. Relative pronouns (that, which and who) must appear alongside their antecedents.

11. An appositive is set off by commas when it is not essential to the sentence (when it is nonrestrictive). But it is not set off by commas when it is essential (restrictive).

12. Correlative conjunctions (those used in pairs) require parallel phrasing.

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