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Compared to and compared with

What Does Compare Mean? Before looking at either of these phrases, we should look at the verb with which each phrase begins: compare. Compare is a verb that means to examine the similarities and differences between two objects or concepts. A preposition—usually to or with—links the two nouns in the comparison, and in the sentence. In other words, both of these phrases are used to look … Read more

Adverbs and Adverb Phrases

Adverbs and Adverb PhrasesAdverbs are words that tell you more about verbs, adjectives and other adverbs. Many adverbs end in ly. You make these adverbs by adding ly to adjectives. ” She writes neatly.”” The traffic was moving slowly.”” We waited patiently to see the doctor.”” They waved goodbye sadly.” Adverb phrases are groups of words that functions as single adverbs to … Read more

Multi-word verbs

EXPLANATION A common feature of English is the combination of verbs with prepositions and/or adverbs to create multi-word verbs, e.g. to put off, to put out, to put up with. These verbs can be difficult for learners because the meanings often cannot be worked out from the individual words, and there are special rules about the … Read more

Nouns and noun phrases

GRAMMAR EXPLANATION:  Nouns and noun phrases English nouns generally present few problems for the advanced learner but some aspects of countability and noun-verb agreement can be problematic. This unit looks at these aspects, as well as at plural nouns and at the nominalisation of verbs into nouns. BASIC POINTS 1A. Form and meaning English nouns … Read more

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