100 Days of Grammar

It’s been just over two years since my first blog post for ESL Library! After five months of editing lesson plans, I also started writing weekly blog posts on grammar, teaching, and language. I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed working with the amazing people at ESL Library and writing 100 blog posts about the English language! The most rewarding thing about reaching the big 1-0-0 is the interaction with teachers and students from around the world, whether it’s through the comments section on our blog or through our social media channels (Facebook, Google Plus, and Twitter).

I wanted to do the same thing now that I did for my 50th blog post, which was to provide an easy-to-use reference list for all my past blog posts. I’ve organized all 100 posts into categories and linked the titles to the full posts so that teachers and students can find what they need quickly. (Some posts are listed twice if they belong to more than one category.) I hope you’ll find this resource helpful!

GRAMMAR – VERBS

Simple Present Vs. Present Progressive

Simple Past Vs. Past Progressive

Simple Future: Teaching the Three Forms

Simple Future Vs. Future Progressive

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

Past Perfect Vs. Past Perfect Progressive

Future Perfect Vs. Future Perfect Progressive

How to Teach “Used To” in 6 Easy Steps

Used To, Get Used To, and Be Used To

Causative Verbs

The Passive Causative

How Do You Teach Phrasal Verbs?

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

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

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

Hope Vs. Wish

Look, Appear, Feel + Adjective or Adverb?

Progressive Vs. Continuous and Other Synonymous Grammatical Terms

GRAMMAR

7 Adverb Patterns

Adverbs of Frequency

Adverbs with Two Forms

Look, Appear, Feel + Adjective or Adverb?

Preposition or Adverb?

Adjective Order and Punctuation

Restrictive & Non-Restrictive Adjective Clauses

Relative Pronouns – Formality Scales

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

Reflexive Vs. Intensive Pronouns

Hope Vs. Wish

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

Try To Vs. Try And

Addictive Vs. Addicting

Everyday Vs. Every Day

How to Explain Despite Vs. Although

Teaching Tips on Other, Another, and The Other

Teaching Tips on It’s and Its

Teaching Tips on They’re, Their, and There

Teaching Tips on You’re and Your

Teaching Tips on To, Too, and Two

Teaching Tips on Many and Much

Teaching Tips: Who’s Vs. Whose

Or or And in Negative Sentences?

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

Team: Who, What, or Which?

Too & Enough

So, Such & Too

Forming the Possessive of Words Ending in -S

Common Words Ending in -ance & -ence

Suggestions with Modals of Advice and Necessity

Is It Correct to Say “I’m Done”?

Grammar Rules for the Olympics

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

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

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

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

Why Can’t We Say “Funner”?

How Unique Is “Unique”?

Grammar Roundup – An ELT Resource List

SPELLING & VOCABULARY

How to Define Words in Class

American Vs. British Spelling in ELT Materials

Fast Food Vocabulary: American English Vs. British English

People Vs. Persons

Learned Vs. Learnt

Addictive Vs. Addicting

Any Time Vs. Anytime

Everyday Vs. Every Day

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

How to Explain Despite Vs. Although

Progressive Vs. Continuous and Other Synonymous Grammatical Terms

Teaching Tips on They’re, Their, and There

Teaching Tips on You’re and Your

Teaching Tips on To, Too, and Two

Teaching Tips on Many and Much

Resume, Résumé, or Resumé?

Tim Hortons, Hortons’, or Horton’s? Donut or Doughnut?

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

Too & Enough

So, Such & Too

Tricky Halloween Vocab to Teach Your Students

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

Common Words Ending in -ance & -ence

Forming the Possessive of Words Ending in -S

When Do We Capitalize “President”?

Why Can’t We Say “Funner”?

How Unique Is “Unique”?

6 Commonly Confused Word Pairs

4 Ways to Teach New Vocabulary

4 Activities for Reviewing Vocabulary

PUNCTUATION

Using the Em Dash Correctly

Adjective Order and Punctuation

When to Use Hyphens: Rules for Multiple-Word Adjectives

How Useful Is the Semicolon?

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”

In Defence of the Serial Comma

TEACHING

Suggested Teaching Order for ESL Library’s Lessons

How to Define Words in Class

How to Answer Students’ Questions

How to Make a Lesson Plan

Macro and Micro Lesson Planning

Using Listening Transcripts in Class

Teaching Tips from the Plain Language Conference

My Favourite Warm-Up Activity

My Favourite Icebreaker Activity

My Favourite Fun, Student-Generated Speaking Activity

4 Ways to Teach New Vocabulary

4 Activities for Reviewing Vocabulary

3 Ways to Make Reading Lessons More Interactive

6 Ways to Set Goals with Students

LANGUAGE CONTROVERSIES

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

Learned Vs. Learnt

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?

HOLIDAYS

Holiday Expressions and Capitalization Rules

Valentine’s Day Capitalization and Punctuation Rules

Saint Patrick’s or St. Patrick’s? Paddy or Patty?

April Fools’ Day Capitalization and Punctuation Rules

Halloween Fun! 13+ Activities and Resources for Teachers

Tricky Halloween Vocab to Teach Your Students

7 Christmas and New Year’s Classroom Activities

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

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

Grammar Rules for the Olympics

ACTIVITIES

My Favourite Warm-Up Activity

My Favourite Icebreaker Activity

My Favourite Fun, Student-Generated Speaking Activity

Using Listening Transcripts in Class

4 Ways to Teach New Vocabulary

4 Activities for Reviewing Vocabulary

3 Ways to Make Reading Lessons More Interactive

7 Christmas and New Year’s Classroom Activities

BEHIND THE SCENES

Creating Our In-House Style Guide

American Vs. British Spelling in ELT Materials

Grammar Roundup – An ELT Resource List

Resource List – Grammar, Teaching Tips, and More

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  1. Felicia Margaretha says:

    Oct 02, 2016 at 1:49 am

    Hello, I was a new private English teacher for middle school and my student was a little bit confused between Simple Past and Present Perfect. It’d be awesome if you can help me figure out how to explain these tenses to him. Thank you! :D

  2. Sandee Waiwadhana says:

    Aug 13, 2014 at 2:28 am

    I can study all from this list now, but I choose some of them first and the left next!. Thank you very much, Tanya.

    • Tanya Trusler says:

      Aug 15, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      You’re very welcome, Sandee! :)

  3. Tara Benwell says:

    Jul 25, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Awesome list!
    I love the When to Capitalize President post. http://www.esl-library.com/blog/2012/11/01/when-do-we-capitalize-president/ I refer to it over and over when working on ESL Library lesson plans. I also learned a lot from the hyphenated adjectives post! http://www.esl-library.com/blog/2013/01/10/when-to-use-hyphens-rules-for-multiple-word-adjectives/ I learn something new from you every day!

  4. Tanya says:

    Jul 24, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Which post was the most useful for you and/or your students? I find myself often referring back to Lay Vs. Lie: Let’s Lay This Matter to Rest! (http://www.esl-library.com/blog/2012/11/14/lay-vs-lie-lets-lay-this-matter-to-rest/) because I just can’t keep lay and lie straight!

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