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Simple Rules to Follow

In this post, I will share two simple rules for English.

  • Move here!

“Here” and “there” indicate a place. Thus, “move to here” is unnecessary. If you are a student and are trying to write a longer composition, you may want to add other words, such as “Move here quickly!” instead of “Move to here!”.

Another example, “Simply drag the files from your computer to here.” It would be better if you specify your destination, “Simply drag the files from your computer to a folder.”

  • To go quickly or to quickly go?

Most people know about this rule: after to, there must be an infinitive. What about adverb? Do you put it after the infinitive, or before the infinitive? Both are acceptable.

Great writers—including Chaucer, Shakespeare, Donne and Wordsworth—have been inserting adverbs between “to” and infinitives since the 1200s.

If you find that remembering grammar rules is difficult, try the 3R below:

  1. Remember one rule at a time. Then combine several rules. If you try to squeeze everything in one week or one month, you will tend to forget some of them.
  2. Repetition. After you have learnt one grammar rule, use it in your writing, repeat year after year. That’s the reason why you are still learning grammar in Secondary school, repetition makes your brain remember effortlessly.
  3. Reading. Read a good book, read newspaper, read from a reliable source that use proper English, and you are on your way to a better English.

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