Conjunctions & clauses
- 'as', 'while', 'when' and 'as long as'
These all refer to time, but in similar or different ways?
- 'as' and 'like'
'I've worked as a dog' or 'I've worked like a dog': what's the difference?
Mohammad Tariq from Afghanistan asks about the grammar of 'as...as'
- 'as well as'
Van Anh from Vietnam wants to know what follows 'as well as'
Roger Woodham explains four different uses of 'being'
- 'because', 'as', 'since' and 'for'
Find out about some different ways to give reasons for something
- 'but': conjunction or preposition?
'But' doesn't always show contrast: sometimes it means 'except for'
- Cleft sentences
Sentences with two parts, which give emphasis, are useful in writing
- Coordinating and subordinating conjunctions
Conjunctions link parts of a sentence together, and there are two main types
- 'due to', 'owing to', 'on account of' and 'because of'
On account of Sathya Narayanan's question, Roger Woodham discusses how to express reasons for actions
- 'even if' or 'even though'?
Roger Woodham explains the difference in the meanings of these similar phrases
- 'ever' and 'whenever'
Whoever you are, wherever you are, you can find the explanation here
- 'for + verb-ing' and 'in order to'
Roger Woodham looks at some ways to express purpose, in order to help Gloria Fulvia from Italy
- 'however', 'nevertheless' and 'moreover'
What are the differences in the formality of these words?
- 'in order to', 'to' and 'so that'
Learn about different ways to talk about purpose and reason
- 'in which', 'on which' and 'of which'
David Cho from South Korea has problems using prepositions with relative pronouns
- Linking adverbs
These are similar to conjunctions; they connect ideas and clauses in a text
- 'nor I you'
Paul Zaffaroni from Mexico heard this phrase in a movie and wants an explanation of its grammar
- Omitting 'that'
Sometimes you can include 'that' in a sentence, sometimes you can leave it out
- Participle or relative clause
Both are correct, both sound natural; however, there are some small differences
- Participle clauses
Roger Woodham talks about '-ed' and '-ing' clauses
Do you know the three different uses of 'since'?
Find out about the different uses of 'so'
- 'so' and 'so on'
Roger Woodham discusses 'so': its meaning, uses, grammar and so on
Raphael Gorgy wonders when and why you can put 'though' in different places in a sentence
- 'though' and 'even though'
Roger Woodham explains the two different grammatical uses of 'though'
- 'unless' and 'otherwise'
Haja Najubudeen from Dubai asks for help with 'unless' and 'otherwise'
- 'what' or 'that' and noun-verb collocations
Maria Grazia Rinieri from Italy asks if the phrase 'all what I've done' is incorrect?
- 'which' or 'that'?
Vaibhv in India asks: when do we use 'which' and when do we use 'that'?
- 'which' or 'that' 2
Isabelle from France wants to know how to choose between 'which' and 'that'
- 'which' with prepositions
Karen Adams discusses phrases like 'at which' and 'in which', about which she knows plenty!
- 'when', 'while' and 'meanwhile'
Discover the similarities and the differences between these words
- 'while' and 'whereas'
They can both express contrast, but which one also refers to time?
- 'yet': adverb or conjunction
How can 'yet' be similar to both 'but' and 'up to now'?
- 'yet' and 'but', 'so' and 'hence'
Nick Leung asks about the differences between these words