Grammar tips

Click on the links below for straightforward advice on some of the trickier points of English grammar:

Can you end sentences with prepositions?

You might have heard that ending sentences with prepositions is wrong… but is it?

Compound Subjects

What is a compound subject, and how does it affect whether to use a singular or plural verb?

Dangling participles

Dangling participles: what is a participle, and how (and why) should you avoid dangling them?

Double negatives

Is it never not OK to use a double negative? Find out some positive answers in our article.

Matching subjects and verbs

Does the subject of subject-verb agreement leave you confused? Don’t worry: we cover all you need to know in our guide to matching subjects and verbs.

Matching Verbs To Collective Nouns

It can be hard to know whether collective nouns like ‘family’ or ‘team’ go with a plural or singular verb. Let us show you when it’s ‘was’ and when it’s ‘were’.

Personal pronouns

Should it be ‘Jake and me’ or ‘Jake and I’? This guide to personal pronouns will teach you a few tricks for how to spot when to use ‘me’ and when to use ‘I’.

Plural nouns treated as singular

Some plural nouns are treated as singular, in all or in certain meanings, which means you'll have to watch which verbs you use with them: find out more.

Plurals of English nouns taken from Latin or Greek

Referendums or referenda? Syllabi or syllabuses? Prospectuses or prospecti? We take a look at how to form plurals of English nouns taken from Latin or Greek.

Singular nouns treated as plural nouns

Government, audience, family: some singular nouns can be used with either a singular or plural verb. Whichever you choose, you’re right! Find out more…

Using nouns as verbs

When is a noun not a noun? When it’s used as a verb instead! Words often have more than one part of speech, but is it acceptable to use a noun like a verb?

Using ‘they’ and ‘them’ in the singular

Why is it that sometimes people use ‘they’ as a singular? And is it ever grammatical to do this? Find out the answers with our guidelines.

Verbs with two different past tense forms

Do you know what the past tense form of ‘broadcast’ is? It is not always obvious whether a verb is irregular or regular, especially when it is a compound.

What Are Split Infinitives?

Is it ok to knowingly split an infinitive? You might have been told that splitting infinitives was a terrible grammar crime – what do we advise?

What is a comma splice?

Comma splices: you might have heard that you should avoid them, but what precisely are they? And how can you rewrite sentences without comma splices?

When To Use "Myself" And "Yourself"

Do you know when to use ‘my friends and myself’ instead of ‘my friends and I’ or ‘my friends and me’? Our guidelines to ‘myself’ and ‘yourself’ can help.

When To Use Passive Verbs (And When To Avoid Them)

Some people advise avoiding passive constructions entirely. Is it true that passive constructions are always wrong? How can you spot them in your own writing?

When to use the subjunctive

There is one mood that trips people up more than any other: the subjunctive. If you’re not sure when to use the subjunctive, then take a look at our guide.