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possessive adjectives ESL English

Possessive Adjectives

We use possessives to show that a noun belongs to another noun. We can make a possessive by using an apostrophe + s in front of the noun or we can use a possessive adjective in front of the noun. For example, in this photograph, the girl has a purple shirt. The girl’s shirt is purple. Her […]

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What’s the Difference Between Last as a Verb and Last as an Adverb or Adjective?

Last is a tricky word for students of English because it has many meanings and functions. When we use last as a verb, we mean continue.  My class lasts one hour. My airplane flight lasted twelve hours. The exam will last four hours. Last is a regular -ed verb. Last can also be used as an […]

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Using the Preposition “With” to Describe

Adjectives describe nouns. About this picture, we could say: The angry mother scolded her sullen daughter. Adjective clauses do the same. The mother, who looked angry, scolded her daughter, who looked sullen. Adjectivals (in this case, the preposition with + noun phrase) do the same. The woman with the angry face scolded a girl with a sullen […]

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Back to Basics: What’s the Difference between Good and Well?

Good is an adjective. Adjectives tell about people, places or things. Adjectives tell about nouns. Well is an adverb. Adverbs tell about actions. Adverbs tell about verbs. For example: This woman is a good boss. She leads well. She is a good speaker. She speaks well. She is a good team player. She cooperates well. […]

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