The Pitfall of English Grammar Exercises

One of the more difficult components of learning English is to understand its grammatical rules. This becomes more apparent when you are required to write a text in English. With speech and even reading, missing tenses or correct verbs doesn’t completely impair your understanding, but when it comes to writing, misunderstanding the grammatical rules will result in unreadable texts.

Basic English Grammar Exercises

English, being one of the most commonly used and spoken languages, can frequently be found with grammatical errors. Most prominently this applies to texts writing online. The perfect way to learn English is to try and immerse yourself in the language as much as possible. You need to apply a trial and error approach to master the nuances that come with English grammar.

If you're just starting to learn English, you can remain at home and practice online or buy yourself an English learners’ book. These methods though, are quite limited. They don’t provide real-life conversations, experiences or the need to apply learned vocabulary or grammar. English has an extensive collection of phrasal verbs that can be readily confusing. Most students practice for hours, drilling the different verbs over and over again, just to run into a situation where all this information seems to be lost.

With a constructive and supportive learning environment, you are going to be able to encourage yourself to try out speaking and writing on a daily. Try and make friends with native speakers, or set up a 30-minute chat with a friend that is better in English then you are. Make sure that you pay attention to their feedback, try and improve upon your mistakes.

Take notes when interacting so you can look up the specific grammatical rule that applies to your previously made error. Once you find yourself in a calm setting, try and figure out why you made the mistake, if there are any exceptions in place and try to make an exercise specific to your error.

English Grammar Exercises at a Glance

Many students that are new to learning English will spend hours upon hours making grammar exercises. Most of these exercises are well though through and have a common underlying theme, however they seem to be missing the explanation of the grammatical rule they try to explain. Simply making exercise after exercise will eventually teach you the rule, but it’s very time-consuming and definitively not the most efficient way of learning.

This, however, doesn’t mean that there is no benefit to using grammar exercises! Practice makes perfect and this is even more true for the different grammatical rules in the English language. You do, however, want to practice the rule after learning its application. Study the reason why a specific rule is in place, then make the exercise and reflect back. Try to find the reason for the application of the rule in every exercise you made.

English Grammar Exercises Secrets That No One Else Knows About

One of the best books to study English grammar has to be English in Use by Raymond Murphy. This book offers a thorough explanation on one side and then specific exercises targeting the grammatical rule explained on the other side.

For those that are unfamiliar with tenses, yes there are countries that don’t have them, it is highly recommended to draw timelines for every tense. See it as studying history and find the causality between the past, present, and future.


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