Grammar is the set of rules that govern the usage of English language. A strong grasp of English grammar is therefore of the greatest importance.
Most non-native English speakers make grammatical mistakes while speaking in English. Improving grammar takes time and effort but it is well worth it. Here are some tips which will help you improve English grammar
Understand the building blocks of grammar
As a first step, it is important to know the different building blocks of grammar like nouns, pronouns, articles, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions and interjections. The internet is full of resources about these and it is usually a good idea to understand them well.
Pay attention to sentence structures
When you read an article or watch a movie, it is important to pay attention to how sentences are constructed. This practice helps ingrain different sentence structures and will help your spoken and written English.
Practice when you can
This tip can never be overemphasized. As an English learner, it is extremely important for you to talk in English at any given opportunity. If you do not have partners to practise with, then try to speak in front of the mirror.
Grammar exercises will help you
Try doing different grammar exercises and find out your weaknesses. These exercises are freely available on the internet. It is only after you are able to correctly assess your weaknesses that you will be able to rectify them.
Find a mentor
Many learners have improved their grammar working with a mentor. A mentor could even be a friend who has a strong command over English grammar. You must speak only in English with your mentor and ask the mentor to point out your mistakes. This real time feedback is very beneficial in improving grammar.
Join a course
Many students find that an English improvement course is the quickest way to improve English grammar. If joining a classroom program is difficult, then an online course is a great option.
IMPORTANTBUILDING BLOCKS OF GRAMMAR
A noun is a word used as the name of a person, place or thing.
Examples: King, Mohan, Sarita, Mumbai, Table
A pronoun is a word used instead of a noun.
Examples: He, She, It, They
The words ‘a’, ‘an’ and ‘the’ are called articles. They are used before nouns.
A verb is a word that describes an action or occurrence or indicates a state of being.
Examples: He talks to Sameer, She sings a song
An adjective is a word used to describe a noun.
Examples : Beautiful house, Tall man
An adverb is a word which modifies the meaning of a verb, adjective or another adverb.
Examples: He runs fast, They fought bravely.
A preposition is a word which shows the relation between the noun or pronoun and other words in the sentence.
Examples: The boy is in the room, The book is on the table.
A conjunction is a word which joins to sentences to complete their meaning.
Examples : They reached the station but it was too late.
He put on his shoes because he was going for a run.
An interjection is a word which expresses sudden feeling or emotion.
Examples : Hello!, Alas!, Hurray!, Oh!
EnglishLeap provides you with a huge list of exercises which test different grammar concepts. These exercise help you understand your mistakes and take corrective action.
Here are some exercises to help you if you are looking to work on a particular grammar building block.