Inversion: Definition with Examples Inversion of the verb before the subject is a common phenomenon in English sentences. The natural order of English sentences is (subject + verb + . . . .) but sometimes it becomes (verb + subject). Inversion is most common with question form of the sentences. However, there are few other circumstances where inversion […]


Negation: Definition, Rules & Examples Negation, as maintained by the likes of Merriam Webster refers to “the action or logical operation of negating or making negative”. In simpler terms, negation defines the polar opposition of affirmative, denies the existence or vaguely – a refutation. This is also known as “Not”. Classical logic resembles negation with truth function which takes truth […]

Do-insertion or Do-support

Do-insertion or Do-support In English grammar, ‘do-insertion’ or ‘do-support’ refers to the use of the auxiliary verb ‘do’, including its reflected forms ‘does’ and ‘did’. There are some common uses of do-insertion which are described below. To ask a question: We consider a sentence, “You want money”.Here, ‘you’ is the subject, ‘want’ is the verb […]


Punctuation: Definition, Types & Usage Rules There was no punctuation in any languages of ancient times. With the advancement of civilization, punctuation was introduced in the written form of the language to help a reader distinguish words and ideas from each other and to mirror the natural rhythms of the spoken language. This article will […]


Suffixes: Definition with Examples Suffixes are the letter/s which are added at the end of a stem to make new words. The affixes used in the suffixed words are different from the affixes used in the prefixed words, and they make different kinds of words. Most of the affixes that are used in the suffixed words […]


Prefixes: Definition with Examples Prefixes are the letter/s which sit before a stem to make new words. These letters are also called affixes. Affixes generally have no meaning by their own but can form meaningful words by sitting before/after the stems. In the case of prefixed words, affixes sit before the stems of the words.   “A prefix is […]

Determiners and Quantifiers

Determiners Determiners modify nouns by setting a limitation over the nouns to indicate how specific or general they are. A determiner usually appears at the beginning of the noun phrases and works as an adjective to modify the nouns. However, determiners are not necessary for every noun phrase. Determiners include: a. The definite article: the Example: Give me the book I read to you […]


Narration: Reported to Reporting Speech David said, “I’m baking a chocolate cake for you.’’ David said that he was baking a chocolate cake for me. If we consider these two sentences, we might notice that both of them convey the same message, but there is a difference if we look closely. In the first sentence, […]


Modifiers: Definition, Types & Examples A modifier is a word/phrase/clause which modifies other words in a sentence. To be specific, a modifier is either an adjective or an adverb. The adjectives modify the nouns, and the adverbs modify the verbs or the adjectives or the other adverbs. See the details of adjectives and adverbs. Example: Alex bought a chocolate cake yesterday. (Here, ‘a’ is […]

Transformation of sentences

Transformation of sentences There are three types of Transformation of sentences. Those are – Simple Sentences Complex Sentences and Compound Sentences What is Clause? The clause is where there will be a subject and a predicate as a group of words, but that will not be considered as a full sentence. The clause can be of two […]