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Natalia St-Va
Could you share please your steps in finding a certain (grammar) information online

Sorry for a bit strange question

I've been asking a lot of grammatical questions recently  that even feel shame.
So this is my chance for further rehabilitation:) 

 How do you find out what a part of speech can be used in a pattern or after some words? ( in case you have nobody to ask). 

For example, despite/despite the fact:  We can use nouns or gerund and not a verb.  

My steps are:

1. Look up at Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.
2. Googling ( despite grammar/ rules, etc)
3. Making a kind of analysis using 

The last strategy often doesn’t work while the second is  time-consuming.

Could you please share your strategy.

Maybe you can recommend really reliable web sources ( for example, some teachers wrote that bbc is doubtable).

Or how do you form your seach requests?
I remember when I asked  for help in PTE exam, one of my friend said simply but geniusly that I would need to look for time management. So can you give an example for searching "despite grammar" 

Thank you

Mar 6, 2018 7:05 PM
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1. Open WeChat

2. Ask someone for some examples

I prefer to get a feeling for what's right and wrong from examples, rather than by learning rules. It's probably a bad way to learn grammar. So it actually doesn't happen very much that I want to am searching grammar info.

March 6, 2018
большое спасибо за то, что вы делитсь своим шагаи!

I also need to know

March 6, 2018
Actually I am trying to do a elaborate revision of the English grammar from Time to time using YouTube courses like ( Englishlessons4u )

also I try to concentrate on the structuring of the English sentences when I read. In order to familiarize my tongue on the correct sentences grammatically. I still have essential problems with my grammar so far and I will try your strategy as well and see

Thanks so much for sharing that it would be beneficial with no doubt to all learners. 
March 6, 2018
Natalia, I put in google or yandex the phrase I'm curious about (correct, incorrect... or sometimes Google suggests me "A or B?" question containg both).

Then on top of links there is some stackexchange or wordreference thread where they discuss it.
Like this one:
March 7, 2018
Ludwig can help pick a sentence that sounds natural. is a good resource for most English language usage questions. It has a search bar at the top of the page.
March 7, 2018
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Natalia St-Va
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English, Russian
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