Writing a Composition

In layman’s term, a composition is any body of artistic work and therefore could mean different things for different people under different situations. Different types of writing, for example, operate on its own set of rules. When you are given a writing task, you might probably make a list of possible points you may use and […]

Guilt-Free English Store is Now Open!

Dear Friends: Thank you for making Guilt-Free English your quick online reference for your ESL/EFL studies. Your patronage allows it to keep growing, and the site now offers supplementary materials to make your learning experience more fun and entertaining. Test your reading comprehension with this original story, The Frog Who Wanted to be a Prince. […]

How’s your reading comprehension?

Do you find reading intimidating? Does the sight of printed words make you back out in what would have been a great reading experience? Is it because your familiarity with words and phrases is limited? Can it also be because the sight of huge blocks of texts is too much for you to handle? Well, […]

Interjection and Verbless Sentence

Oh, how splendid! Did you notice anything in the above sentence? It’s an example of an interjection and a verbless sentence. Interjection An interjection is that part of speech that is easy to spot. It is a word or a group of words that is grammatically independent of the sentence that it is a part […]

Know Your Figures of Speech

Figurative language is another problem area for beginning learners of English. The English language is replete with figures of speech in written language, and you will also hear it it in spoken language from time to time. A figure of speech is a phrase or an expression that expresses an idea by using words in […]

“A/An” and “The”: How to Use Articles

What is an article? An article is an adjective, so they also modify nouns. Many non-native speakers ignore article usage in speech and writing, because they find it confusing, and articles have no equivalent in their native language. If you are a non-native speaker, you need to follow the syntactic rules of English, not of […]

Know Your Modal Verbs

Part of auxiliary verbs, modal verbs need to be accompanied by another verb. Modal verbs, or simply modals, provide additional information about the verb that they follow. Distinct from other verbs, they don’t use an s for the third person singular. They can also make questions by transposition. They can smile becomes Can they smile?. Modal […]