Can language exist without grammar?

Grammar is the system for organising a language. All major languages have a grammatical structure.

What is an adjective?

Learn about the importance of adjectives and their significance with BBC Bitesize 3rd level English.

What is a noun?

A noun is the name of a thing, such as an object, a place, or a person. Find out more with BBC Bitesize.

What is a verb?

A verb is the word or words in a sentence that show action, or tell you what the subject of the sentence is doing. Find out more with BBC Bitesize.

What is a simple sentence?

A simple sentence is built from the minimum of a subject and a main verb.

What is a compound sentence?

A compound sentence generally joins two simple sentences together.

What is a complex sentence?

A complex sentence communicates more than one idea.

Purpose of sentences

Sentences can be thought about in terms of their purpose.

How to use a variety of sentences

It is good to have a variety of sentences in your writing.

How to use tenses

Being clear about the differences between past, present and future will help you avoid mistakes. Learn how to use tenses with BBC Bitesize 3rd level English.

Past v present tense

Learn more about how to use the present tense in practice with this 3rd level English guide.

Modal verbs

Learn how to spot modal or 'helping' verbs with the help of 3rd level English on Bitesize.

How to use subordinating conjunctions

A subordinating conjunction is the word or words used to join two clauses together in a complex sentence. Find out more with Bitesize.