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9 Top Tips РElementary English Grammar 

How to best learn English Grammar? Sorry, there’s no easy way! The only secret is studying English grammar rules and doing lots of practice exercises.

Our 9 top grammar tips for elementary learners of English might help you to understand some simple but essential basics. All these tips have been taken from Work on your Grammar – Elementary (A1), a grammar book with simple explanations and lots of grammar exercises.

Work on your Grammar is a series of short easy-to-use self-study practice books at 5 levels, from Elementary (A1) up to Advanced (C1) level. The books can either be used by students on their own, or to supplement classroom learning.

9 Top Grammar Tips on Elementary Level

  1. Greetings and introductions: How do you do? means Hello. It is not a question. You use How do you do? in formal situations, for example, in a business meeting.

  2. Using the verb be in questions: In the negative questions for I you use Aren’t I? NOT Amn‘t I?

  3. Link words: You don’t need to repeat the subject after and and or. Example: I love reading and drawing. (NOT I love reading and I love drawing.) I don’t like Pedro or Sally. (NOT I don’t like Pedro or I don’t like Sally.)

  4. Like, love, hate: Love is stronger than like and enjoy. Hate is stronger than not like.

  5. Would like / ‘d like: You use would like to be polite, for example, in a shop: I’d like some bananas, please. (NOT I want some bananas.)

  6. He/she/it + -s: For he, she and it, add -s to the verb:
    I work, you work, he/she/it works, we work, they work.
    You use does/doesn’t in negatives, questions and short answers.
    The verb have: I have, you have, he/she/it has, we have, they have.

  7. Much and many: A little is more positive than not much, and a few is more positive than not many. 
    There are a few shops in the town. = There are 5 or 6 shops. I think this is enough.
    There aren’t many shops in the town. = There are 5 or 6 shops. I don’t think this is enough!
    There is a little lemonade left in the fridge. = I think this is enough.
    There isn’t much lemonade left in the fridge. = I don’t think this is enough!

  8. Times: Midnight is 12.00 a.m. and midday is 12.00 p.m.

  9. Questions: You use negative questions to confirm positive and negative beliefs. For example
    Isn’t Thailand in Asia? = I think Thailand is in Asia.
    Don‘t you like it? = I think you don’t like it.