Tips for English Grammar


1. Choose helpful grammar references

While you can pick up grammar just from listening and reading a lot of English, sometimes you’ll still have to read up on the rules. It’s handy to have a trusty grammar reference or two that you can always consult. For online references, your dictionary and Englishclub are rather informative and convenient. If you prefer a physical book, English Grammar in Use and Practical English User are considered classics among English learners.  

2. Make it stick with grammar exercises

Have you ever read about a grammar rule­—then forgotten all about it the next day? That’s because to get it to stick in your mind, you’ll have to practice actually applying it yourself. Grammar exercises are invaluable for this. Most grammar textbooks and references include grammar exercises. In fact, whatever grammar rule you’re hoping to master, you’ll find tons of exercises and quizzes online about it!

3.Remember the top irregular verbs

When you’re still getting the hang of English, there’s a lot of memorization involved, and irregular verbs are the perfect example of this. Most verbs in English follow a predictable pattern when they change tenses, but irregular verbs break away from that. There isn’t really any way to remember which verbs are irregular other than memorization, so find a way that works best for you to commit them to memory. 




4. Learn about the most common mistakes

To improve your grammar, knowing about the most common grammar mistakes is a must. These include subject-verb agreement—for example, saying “he smile” or “they is” instead of the grammatically correct “he smiles” or “they are.” Even native speakers make grammar mistakes, so set improvement as your goal rather than perfection. Other common mistakes would be:

Your vs. You’re.
I vs. Me.
Fewer vs. Less.


5. Get to know the articles

Articles are everywhere in English, and it’s easy to mix them up. There are only three articles in English (“a,” “an,” and “the”). “The” talks about a specific noun, while “a” and “an” are non-specific. If your native language doesn’t have similar articles, you can get more familiar with these by doing exercises by this one: 
Directions: Fill in the blank with the appropriate article, aan, or the, or leave the space blank if no article is needed

1. I want ____ apple from that basket.
2. ____ church on the corner is progressive.

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