When you produce texts in another language than your own, you are quite likely to run into difficulties that are different from those that you may experience when writing in your own mother tongue. Sometimes you are not certain exactly what is grammatically acceptable in English and what is not. Sometimes you know what is correct English but you still cannot apply this knowledge to construct a coherent and convincing argument. Sometimes you know exactly what you want to say, but you cannot seem to find the right words in English to do this. Even if you manage to come up with a sentence that expresses what you want it to express, it is sometimes the case that you feel that the level of formality or style is inappropriate for the type of text you are currently producing. The aim of this AWELU section is to help you with all such problems related to English grammar and words.
Grammar and words is a fairly large AWELU section with a number of subsections. That the section is large means that it might be difficult sometimes to find the exact information that you are looking for. Of course the subsection headings, the index, and the search engine will be of great use to you, but you may also find the following brief introductions to each subsection useful. The rest of this introductory text is organised as follows: You first get a short piece of text in which the name of the subsection is provided. After this short text, you get a link to the subsection in question. Then there follows another short text and another link, and so on. The first subsection after this introduction is called Selective mini grammar. In this subsection you are introduced to a number of terms and concepts that you need to be familiar with in order to fully understand what is said in other parts of AWELU. Even if you know a lot of grammatical terminology in Swedish or some other language, you might not know what all these terms correspond to in English. So, if you feel that you are not comfortable using terms such as Noun, Clause, or Subject Predicative, or if you do not know how to analyse clauses or phrases, this is where you start:
- Common problems and how to avoid them