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English as a Second Language

The following handouts were developed with writers for whom English is a second language in mind, but any writer who needs to review rules about articles, prepositions, or verbs will find these handouts useful.

A, An or The? Understanding Articles

Phrasal Verbs as Idioms


Understanding Verbs: Basic Types of Verbs

Understanding Verbs: Gerunds, Participles, and Infinitives

Understanding Verbs: Transitive versus Intransitive

Understanding Verbs: Verb Tenses

A Review of Verb Tense

ESL/EFL writers may also find our other handouts on grammar, punctuation, and style useful, particularly Active/Passive Sentences, Parts of Speech, and Subject/Verb Agreement: Part 1 Part 2.