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University of California, Irvine

Tricky English Grammar

University of California, Irvine via Coursera


English is a difficult language to learn because of its many obscure grammatical rules, which are fairly easy to mess up--even for native speakers. While it’s easy for non-native speakers to get overwhelmed by confusing grammar rules, in this course, we'll provide you with tips that will help you understand the rules more easily and give you lots of practice with the tricky grammar of everyday English.

Please note that the free version of this class gives you access to all of the instructional videos and handouts. The peer feedback and quizzes are only available in the paid version.


  • Welcome
    • This is the third course in the Learn English: Intermediate Grammar specialization. Learning English can be tricky, and in this class you'll focus on some of those tricky issues. You'll get clear explanations about the difficult grammar points and practice in using them correctly.
  • Nouns, Articles, and Quantifiers
    • This week, you'll learn about tricky nouns, articles, and quantifiers. When should you put "a" or "the" in front of a noun? When should you put nothing in front of the noun? In this module, you'll find the answers to these questions, and you'll get lots of practice to help you use nouns and articles correctly.
  • Gerunds, Infinitives, and Requests and Permission
    • This week will not be as intense as last week was, but you will still have the chance to learn about some tricky grammar. First, you'll learn about using gerunds and infinitives correctly. Then you'll learn about making requests and asking for permission, something that English learners often misuse.
  • Confusing Word Forms
    • You've learned about some tricky grammar, but there are other things that make English hard to learn. This week, you'll learn about some word forms that cause confusion. You'll soon understand the difference between some pairs of words that always seem tricky.
  • Phrasal Verbs and Collocations
    • There are a few more tricky English points that we want you to learn. In the final week, you will learn about phrasal verbs and collocations. These are two big grammar points that often give language learners difficulty, but you will get lots of practice with them. Finally, you’ll have a review lesson of all of the tricky English grammar that you have learned in this course.

Taught by

Tamy Chapman


3.5 rating, based on 2 Class Central reviews

4.8 rating at Coursera based on 1299 ratings

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  • Anonymous
    The course material is of medium quality. Some of the practices require a flash plugin. The time indicated for understanding each lesson's purpose is ten minutes even though there is only few sentences.

    Some of the tests and peer assignments are behind a paywall. Seen on the slides: "Images used under license from Google Images".
  • Anonymous
    Basic English grammar and is good for simple & starting common mistakes.

    Basic English grammar and is good for simple & starting common mistakes

    Basic English grammar and is good for simple & starting common mistakes

    Basic English grammar and is good for simple & starting common mistakes

    Basic English grammar and is good for simple & starting common mistakes

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