#EngQAs: Grammar (2)

Hi, fellas! I hope you’re all well.

Today, I’m going to open a #EngQAs session on grammar. If you have questions about grammar, tweet us!

We’ll start with a question from @NormallyInsane. Is the sentence “I suffer from PTSD” an adverbial clause or a prepositional one? #EngQAs

‘I suffer from PTSD’ is already a whole sentence that can stand by itself, so it cannot be categorized as clause. @NormallyInsane #EngQAs

It can be categorized as independent clause in complex sentence, compound sentence, or complex-compound sentence. @NormallyInsane #EngQAs

From its structure, it is classified as prepositional phrase. Prepositional phrase works as an adverb or adjective. @NormallyInsane #EngQAs

As an adjective, it will answer the question ‘which one’. E.g.: The computer on the table is mine. @NormallyInsane #EngQAs

The prepositional phrase in that example is ‘on the table’. Which computer? The one on the table. @NormallyInsane #EngQAs

As an adverb, prepositional phrase answers the question how, when, and where. How do you suffer? From PTSD. @NormallyInsane #EngQAs

So, the sentence ‘I suffer from PTSD’ contains prepositional phrase that works as an adverb. Hopefully it helps, @NormallyInsane. #EngQAs


Our 2nd question is this: what’s the difference between present tense and simple present? #EngQAs

Awaliyah Nurul Huda @PuteriDongeng31

@EnglishTips4U Apa beda present tenses sama simple present? Yg pakai tambahan es/s teh yg mna? Mkasih


Present tense is a grammatical tense to locate events or situation in present time. @PuteriDongeng31 #EngQAs

Simple present tense is the simplest form of present tense, the other forms being present continuous, present perfect, and present perfect continuous. @PuteriDongeng31 #EngQAs

Basically, simple present is a form of present tense, the most basic one. @PuteriDongeng31 #EngQAs

The verbs in simple present use the same form as the infinitive, except for 3rd person singular subject (he, she, it), where the verbs take the ending (e)s. So, the one using s/es as you mentioned is the simple present. I hope it’s clear enough @PuteriDongeng31 #EngQAs


Our 3rd and last question of the day is this one.

Fithriyani @IamFithry

@EnglishTips4U when we use “its” and “it’s”? #EngQAs


First of all, ‘it’s’ is the contraction of it is or it has. ‘It is raining now’ can be written as ‘It’s raining now’. @IamFithry #EngQAs

Another example: It has been a while since we last met. It’s been a while since we last met. @IamFithry #EngQAs

‘Its’ is a possessive pronoun which modifies the noun ‘it’, just as my to I, your to you, her to she, etc. @IamFithry #EngQAs

E.g.: My dog eats its food so eagerly you’ll think I never feed it. @IamFithry #EngQAs

E.g.: The fine dining serves salad as one of its appetizers. I hope this answers your question, @IamFithry #EngQAs


DJ ‏@Portuguesamava  Dec 14

@EnglishTips4U @PuteriDongeng31 contohnya . I 》drink《 milk every morning He 》 drinks 《 milk every morning

Fithriyani ‏@IamFithry  Dec 14

@EnglishTips4U that was a good explanation, thank u so much, now i get it


I think that’s a wrap for today, fellas! I wish we had more time for the unanswered question. No worries, you can join another #EngQAs. Thank you for your attention, questions, RTs, and likes. If you didn’t follow it from the start, a summary will be posted in our site later.

Our site, www.englishtips4u.com also provides you with many interesting topics for English learners and enthusiasts, so check it regularly. Good night, fellas! Have a good rest!! Bye!


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 14 December, 2015.

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