In this week’s episode of Everyday Grammar, we talk about two common types of double negatives. A double negative is when you use two negative words in the same clause of a sentence. Sometimes two negatives make a statement positive; sometimes two negatives form a stronger negative.
Homophones are two or more words that sound alike, but have different meanings or spellings. It is easy to understand the difference between some homophones, like "ate" and "eight." But some sets of homophones are difficult, even for native English speakers.
The English language is full of words that English learners - and even native English speakers - often confuse. These words may sound the same but mean different things. Or maybe, they are spelled the same but mean different things. This week, we look at three sets of commonly confused words.
The most common questions on standardized English tests are about subject-verb agreement. Here are some tips for avoiding the most common traps set by test makers.They include compound subjects, gerund subjects, group nouns,and country names. How do you make them all agree correctly?
English learners face the difficulty of learning a large number of English phrasal verbs. Research shows that a phrasal verb appears in every 192 words in written English. This week we take a closer look at the special rules for 10 commonly used separable phrasal verbs.
Part of the reason that English has grown as a world language is that it adjusts easily to change. Why do some words and phrases stay the same while others change? VOA guest editor David Sullivan shares his ideas on the changes he has seen in today's English.