English Grammar

Our grammar section brings together everything you will need to learn the rules and principles that give meaning and structure to the English language. If you know what you are looking for, try one of the links below:

Learn About English Grammar

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What is Grammar?

Grammar is the glue that binds words together to create large units with meaning. There are many different views and explanations of how English grammar works. A grammar is an individual description of the rules of the structure of a language; the way words combine, the order they come in, the way they change according to their relationship to other words, how they build up into units like a sentence etc. However, there is no single definitive set of rules. There are strong differences of opinion over many basic concepts such as how many tenses there are in English. There are also a lot of similarities in the different descriptions- grammars generally agree on things like word order, which is an important part of English grammar.

When you start to learn English grammar it's useful to start with the basics. The topics below are the core building blocks of the English language.

Basic Grammar: Putting Words Together

There are often said to be nine categories which form the parts of speech. Each part of speech explains not what the word is, but how the word is used.

Basic Grammar: Putting Sentences Together

Once you know how to combine words and create sentences, the next stage is understanding how sentences and texts can be constructed.

Further Learning

Below you will find a range of resources to help you learn and practice English grammar.

Grammar Reference

Learn with our fully cross-referenced English glossary of linguistic and grammatical terms. Each grammar definition contains an explanation, cross-references to other relevant grammar terms and links to related content.

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Grammar Quizzes

Study grammar using our growing collection online grammar quizzes and printable worksheets. Our free language quizzes cover grammar, usage and vocabulary for beginner, intermediate and advanced level English students.

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Articles on Grammar

Browse our growing range of articles and notes which dealing with English grammar and English language usage topics for learners.

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Teaching Grammar

If you are a teacher and want lesson plans for your lessons on grammar topics, then we have plenty to choose from here!

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