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Much of what even advanced students learn is built on basic concepts, so here are some tricks to help your students get those concepts right from the very start.

Passive Forms

Passive words, phrases, and sentences are used when the focus is on the result of an action instead of the action itself or its cause.

Question Forms

Interrogative structure is a bit different from declarative structure. Furthermore, there are quite a few ways to ask a question. Let's explore them.


Tenses are used to express when verbs took place in relation to other verbs or time periods. Explore not only the individual tenses, but their common aspects.

Helping Verbs

It turns out auxiliary verbs are the key to several different sentence configurations. Understanding how they work grants us mastery of the English language.
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The meaning of an INFINITIVE, GERUND, or PARTICIPLE is based on its verb form, but as a verbal it takes the role of a different part of speech.

Indirect Speech

Instead of direct speech, we often use more round-about ways of communicating. The results might be easier to fit into the flow of the context, or it might be more polite.

Unreal Mood

We use the Unreal Mood to talk about things that are uncertain or outright impossible. Hypothetical situations, like with many conditionals, are unreal.

Modifier Clauses

Embedded RELATIVE CLAUSES and ADVERBIAL CLAUSES fill a particular role (like that of an adjective or adverb) within main clauses to create complex sentences.

Noun Phrases

Noun Phrases include determiners, adjectives, nouns, and/or pronouns. These phrases can be a single word, a clause, or anything between.
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Complex Sentences

Using complex sentences is a mark of fluency; we use them to improve the flow of speech/writing and to fit related information together into a single sentence.
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Complex Sentences is largely a combination of the Modifier Clauses series and relevant topics from Indirect Speech and Unreal Mood.