Grammar tips

Click on the links below for straightforward advice on some of the trickier points of English grammar:

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Compound Subjects

What is a compound subject, and how does it affect whether to use a singular or plural verb?

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Dangling participles

Dangling participles: what is a participle, and how (and why) should you avoid dangling them?

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Double negatives

Is it never not OK to use a double negative? Find out some positive answers in our article.

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Ending sentences with prepositions

You might have heard that ending sentences with prepositions is wrong… but is it?

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Matching subjects and verbs

Does the subject of subject-verb agreement leave you confused? Don’t worry: we cover all you need to know in our guide to matching subjects and verbs.

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Matching verbs to collective nouns

It can be hard to know whether collective nouns like ‘family’ or ‘team’ go with a plural or singular verb. Let us show you when it’s ‘was’ and when it’s ‘were’.

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Personal pronouns

Should it be ‘Jake and me’ or ‘Jake and I’? This guide to personal pronouns will teach you a few tricks for how to spot when to use ‘me’ and when to use ‘I’.

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Plural nouns treated as singular

Some plural nouns are treated as singular, in all or in certain meanings, which means you'll have to watch which verbs you use with them: find out more.

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Plurals of English nouns taken from Latin or Greek

Referendums or referenda? Syllabi or syllabuses? Prospectuses or prospecti? We take a look at how to form plurals of English nouns taken from Latin or Greek.

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Singular nouns treated as plural

Government, audience, family: some singular nouns can be used with either a singular or plural verb. Whichever you choose, you’re right! Find out more…