The First One to Figure Out This Tricky Grammar Wins!

No, this isn’t a contest, but if you can shed additional light on some tricky grammar topics, you’ll have my gratitude! #1. Infinitives as Complements A grammar question recently came from a new Instagram follower. Yes, there’s one more place you can follow me and/or send students to. All my video clips (all six of…

Chances Are: Practice with “That” Clauses

I’m taking on the topic of noun clauses with a private student. I plan to cover embedded questions, but first I want to work with that clauses. Those are the first kind of noun clauses students likely understand and produce. Even high beginners can start making statements with “I think (that)….” By the time learners reach the…

Chain of Events: A reading activity with complements

Complements seem to be a popular topic among learners on my forum lately. One question already led to a new Student Stumper post here on my blog. Now another one is guiding my own study of what forms complements can take and how they function in a sentence. A learner asked if nouns can behave…

Student Stumper 38: The Grammar of Perception Verbs (Part 2)

Q: If you say, “Listen to Mona sing,” how is the word sing functioning in that sentence? A: It took some thinking and digging for me to decide on an answer. I had originally addressed verbs of perception in Student Stumper 14, but one thing I did not focus on in that post was labeling…

Student Stumper 27: Embedded Questions

Click here if you’d like to listen to my discussion of Student Stumper 27. QUESTION: What’s an embedded question and how do we use it? ANSWER: These are the questions I’m trying to answer for my YouTube audience. A viewer made this inquiry a while ago, and I promised to address this topic in a…

Questionable Qualities: An activity with embedded questions

Here’s a quick form of practice to reinforce the use of embedded questions as objects, subjects, and complements. Step 1 – Tell students they’ll be creating descriptions about fictitious people based on a dominant quality in their character. Give students the Embedded Questions Activity_handout. Look the photos in Set A. The first two fictitious people…