A Couple of Simple But Effective Rules

Here are a couple of rules in English that non mother-tongue users may benefit from in order to improve their English language usage.

1) the adverb ‘also’ is positioned prior to the main verb in sentences, except for when using the verb ‘to be’. ‘Also’ goes after the verb to be.

Examples:

I also agree with what you are saying.

I can also write this in Italian.

What you are saying is also correct.

2) Another useful rule, which is easy to remember and apply but is often mis-used, is this one: after a preposition, a verb is used in the ‘-ing form’, for example:

I’m thinking of going to Australia next year.

I’m interested in playing tennis but I’m not very good at volleying.

I hope these rules help,

Graham Powell

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