English Usage This site gives a brief introduction to English usage. It starts with a guide to grammar and ends with some hints on proper speech. Explanations have been kept brief in order to focus upon necessities but should be adequate for the purpose of improving English usage. The guidance is applicable wherever English is spoken but readers should be aware that it refers to British English (BE) which may differ slightly from American English (AE) that now dominates business and the media and which tends to encourage freer expression. AE terminology may also differ from BE. There are several terms in grammar, often derived from Latin, that may seem forbidding to new students. There is an unfortunate tendency in teaching this subject to avoid these terms by adopting some uninformative generality in the forlorn hope that students will thereby be spared a burden; but one might as well teach arboriculture without naming trees. Such avoidance merely compounds the mystery and confounds learning thus leaving students in a state of bewilderment. Compared with the number of expressions found in other subjects, grammar expressions are few and should not prove too daunting.