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1. Is this a sentence? The basic structure of an English sentence
2. Should I start a new sentence? Common errors with sentence structure
1. Is the tense correct? Verb tenses and their uses in academic writing
2. Agree with or agree on-is this the right preposition? Verbs followed by prepositions
1. How many are there? Singular, plural and uncountable nouns
2. A/an, the or no article? Choosing the right article
1. Not using I: Passive and active voice in academic writing
2. Expressing opinions: Tentativeness and certainty
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In English, some verbs are followed by small linking words called prepositions. Common prepositions are: in, at, with, on etc. Each verb can be associated with one or several prepositions. For example: agree (verb) with (preposition). The following example illustrates some of the errors that can occur when prepositions are not correctly used.
As you learn new verbs, make a note of them with the preposition that follows – or even better, record full example sentences. You may also wish to note when no preposition is needed.
Sometimes, the verb together with words like down, up etc. creates a new word, called a multi-word verb (a verb made up of more than one word), or a phrasal verb. The meaning of a phrasal verb can be very different from that of the verb on its own. Consider the examples below:
In general, phrasal verbs are to be avoided in academic writing as they are less formal than one-word verbs.
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