Introduction to learning grammar

This page has information about the grammar explanations on this part of the site.


The grammar explanations on these pages are short and simple. They describe the typical situations in which the particular grammar form is used. As such, they may help you to understand, for example, when the present continuous tense can be used for a repeated event.

However, trying to learn the explanations as rules is like trying to learn tennis by reading a book. A much better idea is to look at the many examples for each grammar use. You could then try to memorize some sentences that you have personalized.

So, for example, you could change the sentence You're always interrupting me to My mother's always telling me to clean my room. You could also be alert to this use of English in your own reading or listening.

Important advice

The rules on these pages will help you get started in your understanding of English grammar. Please realize, however, that English is very much more complicated than can be explained in a few simple sentences and examples.

As you learn more, you will find examples where the simple rules shown here do not apply. Taking note of these exceptions or refinements will help you deepen your understanding of how English works.

Grammar reference book

If you want a reference work on English grammar, I can thoroughly recommend:

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Final thought

Have a look at the cartoon linked to at the foot of the final thoughts about grammar page. The message is clear: If you worry too much about grammar, you could lose the love of your life.