Grammar Rules

(A) off (B) out (C) apart (D) away   Fall out: ‘have an argument, to argue with someone and stop being friendly with them’: After a long standoff, Emily had fallen out with her family. Sales of these products have fallen off in recent months.   Fall off: ‘to become detached and drop to the ground, to drop...
What is an Adverb? An adverb is a word that modifies or describes a verb (they played nicely), an adjective (very good), another adverb (treat so badly), or even a whole sentence (Unfortunately, they lost the game). Adverbs often end in -ly, but some appear to be exactly the same...
‘Underneath, beneath, under and below’ are all similar in meaning and can mean ‘in a lower place or position; covered by something else.’ The difference between them is very subtle. So, it would be helpful to know what each word signifies: Underneath = below the surface of; directly beneath; situated...
Finally, at last, lastly and in the end all these adverbs denote ‘after a period of time’. However, we use them in different ways. There can be subtle differences, in certain contexts where one sounds better than another. A lot depends on the context.   Finally = we use finally to...
Due to = caused by or ascribable to; because of; owing to. Owing to = because of or on account of.   We use the expressions ‘due to’ and ‘owing to’ by presenting the reason for something. Both ‘due to’ and ‘owing to’ are adverbial.   Many modern English writers have widely used ‘due...
Misinformation = False or inaccurate information, especially that which is deliberately intended to deceive.   Disinformation = False information which is intended to mislead, especially propaganda issued by a government organization to a rival power or the media.   Both misinformation and disinformation denote the information that is incorrect or misleading. Misinformation is...
Keep doing = to continue or cause something to continue in a certain state, condition or position; do repeatedly. Keep on doing = to keep continuing/trying to do or persist in doing something without any intention of stopping.   The meanings of ‘keep’ and ‘keep on’ are almost the same and both...
To have somebody do something = to get somebody to do something; a one-off action, something that's not supposed to take very long. To have somebody doing something = to cause someone to be occupied in doing something, usually a continuous activity; something that is going to be a long...
When two actions take place in the past, we use both past simple and past perfect tenses in one sentence. However, we use past perfect tense to talk about the action that happened first and the simple past tense for the action that happened last:   When I reached the station,...

Would vs. Used to

Would = we use 'would' to describe actions or situations that have been repeated again and again and again...   Used to = we use 'used to' for any extended action or situation in the past. Used to is more common in informal English.   So, both used to and would are used...

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