Grammar: Our famous meaning-based approach

We use a language well when we know the words and have a deep understanding of what they mean.

In this section we’ll look at some words and parts of words that are often challenging for learners.

in-on-at: prepositions of place, prepositions of time. prepositions diagrams and icons

in / on / at

What do they mean? Why do we use them?

  • Think about the meaning.
  • Understand the uses.

Can we count it? info on countable and uncountable nouns, and an example to illustrate the difference: "I like chicken(s)."

Can we count it?

Dictionaries tell us if nouns are countable or not. But did you know that many English nouns can be used either way?

What is the difference in meaning?

an example sentence and the four parts that are added to make the 12 or 16 English tense patterns


Here are the four basic parts that make up the 12 (or 16) classic English tense patterns. Understand the meaning of each part to understand why people choose to use it in real life.

When you think about grammar, ask these simple questions:

  • What is it?
  • What does it mean?
  • How do we use it?

Instead of having to ‘just remember’ each grammar point and remembering when people use it, with Real Grammar you understand what it means and why people choose to use it. With this knowledge you can see past many traditional grammar rules and understand how English really works.

The way our first and second languages work is often very different. Here we break it down into core concepts from an English speaker’s perspective. The aim of this site is to present you with key points of English grammar. Once you are aware of what the grammar is, you can explore it further in the real world to deepen your understanding and make it your own.

After thinking about these concepts test them for yourself. Listen to people speaking English, watch videos or read. Think about the meaning of the parts and what is being communicated.

I hope the ideas presented on this site help you deepen your understanding English and help you communicate more effectively.