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Advanced English grammar

Some aspects of English grammar can be challenging, even for advanced speakers. This is because they are peculiar. Peculiar means unusual and special. These aspects of English grammar are peculiar because they are different from many other languages and even different from the way English usually works.

This section includes short videos on each of these areas of peculiar English.

Peculiar English Videos

Using "they" correctly to refer to gender in English.
Using "they" for one person has a long history in English. This video looks at how to use personal pronouns.


Dr Martin McMorrow
Learning Coordinator
Student Success

Question tags
How the same words can form a question or statement in English. It all depends on how you use your voice.


Dr Martin McMorrow
Learning Coordinator
Student Success

Two of us
Describing how many people there are.


Dr Martin McMorrow
Learning Coordinator
Student Success

Only on Australia
When a sentence starts with a negative form, the main verb is usually expressed as a question. Have a look at how this is used in practice.


Dr Martin McMorrow
Learning Coordinator
Student Success

Suggest
The word "suggest" isn't used the same way as some other verbs and can be a bit tricky. Here are some examples of how to use it correctly. 


Dr Martin McMorrow
Learning Coordinator
Student Success

Reported speech
How do you talk about what someone else has said? 


Dr Martin McMorrow
Learning Coordinator
Student Success