English Language Reference

This page will help you learn what grammatical and linguistic terms mean, and how to use them. It is designed to be useful for everyone from ESL learners to teachers and experts, and includes a broad range grammar definitions and extensive vocabulary references.

English Language Reference

Our reference section provides a handy resource for learners and teachers of the English language, particularly those studying English as a Second Language (ESL).

We offer a wealth of materials to assist you in improving your English language skills, including dictionaries of idioms, phrasal verbs, and irregular verbs, as well as an extensive glossary of grammatical terms. If you are looking to expand your vocabulary, perfect your grammar, or simply improve your overall English proficiency, our collection of reference resources has something for you.

Check out these links to our extensive dictionaries, or browse through our glossary of terms below:

Glossary of English Grammar Terms

Whether you're a beginner or an advanced learner, our comprehensive glossary of linguistic and grammatical definitions provides clear explanations of each term and are cross-referenced to other relevant entries. Perfect for both native speakers with an interest in language and linguistics, and students of English as a second language (ESL, EFL, ESOL, and EAP), our glossary will broaden your understanding of the English language.

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Communication and Context

Direct & Indirect Speech

Functions & Text

Gerunds and Infinitives

Reference and Cohesion Mechanisms

This English grammar glossary is under continual development. If you wish to suggest a glossary entry that you know should be listed here, please use our online form to let us know about it.