Commonly Misused Phrases

Ews

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Subordinate Clauses

Find the subordinate clauses in these sentences.

  1. Teacher Bryan makes an announcement, when it has invented some English Writing Skills (EWS), to inform the others about them.
  2. Most people will be happy if teacher Bryan teaches them an array of writing skills.
  3. The centre where Teacher Bryan taught has been visited by millions of people.
  4. Many people came to mastertuition in the 1990s hoping to learn many English Writing Skills (EWS).
  5. All the offices are closed because it is the fourth in July.
  6. Mother’s Day, which is celebrated in May, has been observed since 1914.
  7. Bryan, who is a famous second language specialist, is also a writer.

All and Every

  1. All soccer players like winning.  vs. Every soccer players likes winning.
  2. All cows eat grass. v.s Every cow eats grass.
  3. All people are created equal. vs Every person is created equal.

Formula: All + Plural Noun + Plural Verb

e.g. All spiders have eight legs.

Formula: Every + Singular Noun + Singular Verb

e.g. Every spider has eight legs.

Common Usages:

  1. All my friends
  2. All the girls
  3. All those books
  4. All Malaysians enjoy eating.
  5. All the leaves have turned brown.

The Relative clauses.

  1. All you need is …
  2. All I said was, “You are the best”
  3. All we want is …

 

Two or more adjectives

It is possible to use two or more adjectives together to describe one noun.

  1. It was a hot,dry and sunny day.
  2. The day was hot, dry and sunny.
  3. We met a famous young teacher in Mastertuition.

Sequence of adjectives:

opinion+ age + colour + origin + purpose + noun

  1. Teacher Bryan is a talented old Malaysian lecturer.
  2. Teacher Bryan bought a new red Italian racing car.
  3. Teacher Bryan has a playful brown puppy.
  4. Teacher Bryan participated in a competitive writing tournament.

Forming Comparative Adjectives 


Forming Comparative Adjectives
To make a one-syllable adjective comparative, all you need to do is add
-er to the end of it. So short becomes
shorter, cold becomes colder, and sweet becomes
sweeter.
With two-syllable words, there are a couple of methods you can use. If the adjective ends in
-y, you change the
Y to an I and add -er. So for example, happy becomes
happier, friendly becomes friendlier, and curly becomes
curlier.
If the two-syllable adjective doesn’t end in -y, just add
more or less before it. This way, perfect becomes more perfect
, and modern becomes less modern. Same with adjectives that have three or more syllables.
Beautiful
becomes more beautiful, and comfortable becomes
less comfortable.
These two methods shouldn’t be used together. Saying “Her hair is
more curlier than mine,” isn’t quite right. It’s better to say “Her hair is
curlier than mine.”