Grammar Roundup – An ELT Resource List

Happy National Grammar Day!

Today is National Grammar Day in the US. In honor of this, I’ve decided to round up all the grammar posts I’ve written for ESL Library over the past two years into one convenient place. I’ve organized all the posts into categories and linked them all up, and it’s my hope that this list will be a useful grammar reference for teachers and other lovers of the English language.


Past Perfect Vs. Past Perfect Progressive

The Passive Causative

Causative Verbs

Used To, Get Used To, and Be Used To

How to Teach “Used To” in 6 Easy Steps

Simple Future Vs. Future Progressive

Simple Future: Teaching the Three Forms 

How Do You Teach Phrasal Verbs?

Simple Past Vs. Past Progressive

Tips for Teaching the Subjunctive

An Easy Way to Teach Conditionals

Gerunds and Infinitives: Helpful Teaching Tips

5 Verbs with Meaning Changes: Gerunds and Infinitives – Advanced

Subject-Verb Agreement: Non-Count Nouns That End in “S”

Why Do We Use “Looking Forward To” with a Second -ING Verb?

5 Easy Steps for Teaching the Present Perfect and the Present Perfect Progressive


 Suggestions with Modals of Advice and Necessity

Parallel Structure and Paired Joining Terms (not only…but also, both…and, either…or, neither…nor)

Preposition or Adverb?

Reflexive Vs. Intensive Pronouns

Adjective Order and Punctuation

Tag Questions Are Fun to Teach, Aren’t They?

How to Teach -ED/-ING Adjectives: 9 Simple Steps


Any Time Vs. Anytime

Teaching Tips: Who’s Vs. Whose

“Try To” Vs. “Try And”

Confusing Singular & Plural Forms: Phenomenon/Phenomena, Medium/Media

Or or And in Negative Sentences?

Teaching Tips on They’re, Their, and There

Teaching Tips on You’re and Your

Teaching Tips on To, Too, and Two

Resume, Résumé, or Resumé?

Addictive Vs. Addicting

Teaching Tips on Many and Much

Progressive Vs. Continuous and Other Synonymous Grammatical Terms

How to Explain Despite Vs. Although

6 Commonly Confused Word Pairs

Lay Vs. Lie: Let’s Lay This Matter to Rest!

Everyday Vs. Every Day

What’s the Difference between “a Number of” and “the Number of”?

When Do We Use “All of the”, “All the”, or “All”?

Each Other’s or Each Others’? Each Other or One Another?

Teaching Tips on Other, Another, and The Other

Why Can’t We Say “Funner”?

How Unique Is “Unique”?


Adjective Order and Punctuation

When to Use Hyphens: Rules for Multiple-Word Adjectives

How Useful Is the Semicolon?

In Defence of the Serial Comma


Happy Beatles Day! (Or Is It Beatles’ Day?)

Holiday Expressions and Capitalization Rules

April Fools’ Day Capitalization and Punctuation Rules

Valentine’s Day Capitalization and Punctuation Rules

When to Write “New Year’s”, “New Year”, and “new year”

Tricky Halloween Vocab to Teach Your Students


Shorty Awards: Singular or Plural? And Should “Twitter” Be Capitalized?

Grammar Rules for the Olympics

Is It Correct to Say “I’m Done”?

Progressive Vs. Continuous and Other Synonymous Grammatical Terms

In Defence of the Serial Comma

Olympics: Singular or Plural?

The Great Debate over the Third Person Singular Pronoun: He, She, or They?


Creating Our In-House Style Guide

When Do We Capitalize “President”?

Note: For the 2013 roundup of my first 50 blog posts on grammar, teaching tips, activities, the English language, and editing, check out Resource List – Grammar, Teaching Tips, and More.


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