Today we will look at another Melons™ Method. This is known as L2 Method (Language / Grammar)
L2 – Language Method
Language rules and exceptions are so confusing that your “understanding” is hampered and impaired by some of the rules. Language rules are like mathematics. While “few” means “none”, “a few” means close to “some.” Similarly, “Little” has a negative value but “a little” is positive.
No doubt, without understanding the mathematics of language you will not be able to understand reading texts in their full sense. Many adverbs are also confusing.
Below are some of the Grammar Rules that often confuse you:
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- Determiners | Learn
- Few / A few: Few means “none” while “a few” is some.
- Little / A little: Little is almost nothing while “a little” is something.
- The: Used before any noun that is already mentioned or already known.
- A & An: Both are used to indicate that a noun is only one – not more.
Verbs – Be, H, D, M
- Can – May: “Can you talk to a little louder so that I may hear.”
- Could not able to
- Need, Should, Must
Subject – Verb Agreement
- One of the many is – “One of the fingers got chopped…”
- None of the many is – “None of her relatives is with her…”
- Hardly / Hard: “She hardly exercises” means “she doesn’t exercise” while “she exercise very hard” means she does a lot of exercise.
- Simple Past & Present Perfect: She was admitted yesterday – She has been admitted
- Simple Present & Present Continuous: I am writing Vs I write this letter
- Simple Past & Past Perfect: She had died before the doctor arrived
- Passive Voice Passive Voice.
- Indirect Speech
- Simple Sentences
- Compound / Complex Sentences
- Neither, nor: “Neither the medicines nor the changed diet helped her.”
- Either, or: “Either she will get discharged today or we will treat her for another 72 hours.”
- More “ands” in the same sentence
Punctuation | Learn
Apostrophe: Jame’s / James’ / James’s – Foley’s / Foleys
Comma: Comma is not just a symbol to mark between a series of nouns.
- This symptom, if not experienced over time, can be ignored.
- Mr Huang, who has acute myocardial infarction, is being referred to you for immediate assessment.
“Capstarting” is the rule of starting Proper Nouns with a capital letter. The first letters of every sentence, names of people, names of places, names of hospitals, prefixes like Ms, Mrs, Miss, Master and Mr are some examples.
Words – Homophones
- Weak / Week
- There & Their
- Affect & Effect
- It’s & Its
- Lie & Lay
There are many other rules to learn. Remember, L2 method is helpful for Reading and Listening in addition to Writing and Speaking! If L2 is language, then you cannot keep it aside.
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