English Grammar

With these articles and tutorials, you can improve your English grammar, both on and off the TOEFL.

Do Mixed Conditionals Mix You Up?

Today we are going to look at mixed conditionals. In English there are two types of mixed conditionals:   Present result of a past condition This mixed conditional is used when we are referring to an unreal past condition and its probable present result. Structure: If + past perfect (condition clause) + present conditional (main […]

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The Difference between Verb Participle and Verb Tense

In grammar lessons, you’ve probably heard the terms “verb participle” and “verb tense.” You won’t often use these terms in everyday English conversation, and you probably won’t need to use terms like these on the TOEFL either. But understanding the difference between verb tense and participle will definitely help you comprehend complex English sentences in […]

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Magoosh Comics: Future Perfect and Future Perfect Continuous

The future tense is the trickiest of tenses in English. And for many students, the hardest forms of future tense are the very similar future perfect and future perfect continuous tenses. Fortunately there’s a simple way to remember the difference between these two tenses. The future perfect describes an action that will end in the […]

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How and When to Use Indirect Questions

Today we’re going to look at indirect questions. There are two main ways of asking questions in English: directly and indirectly. Both have the same meaning. However, we use indirect questions when we want to be more polite or more formal. Look at the following example of a direct question: Where is the nearest train station? To be more polite or formal, ask an indirect […]

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