M2014 Grammar Principles III
M2014 Grammar Principles III

M2014 Grammar Principles III

This unit is divided into two lessons.

Lesson 1 concentrates on the English time adverbials Time adverbials describe when an action happens, how often it happens and how long. Hence, we can say that English time adverbials belong to three categories: Time adverbials of time, frequency and duration. This lesson has been divided into seven subsections. The first subsection deals with adverbials in general, the second subsection looks at time adverbials, contrasts specific and non-specific, and looks at their position in the sentence. The third section deals with present time adverbials, section four talks about time adverbials used with the English perfect tenses. Section five is dedicated to past time adverbials, whereas section six to future time adverbials. Section seven focuses on adverbials of necessary time, whilst the last section on adverbials of existence between the past, present and past situations.

The focus in lesson 2 is on ways of expressing futurity in the English language and the English perfect tenses. The English language does not have future tense to express future time, but rather forms of talking about the future (modal verb will/shall+infinitive), which in pedagogical grammar are called future tenses, other tenses, such as the present simple tense or the present progressive tense, or other forms like: be going to, be to, be about to, be due to, be on the point of, be on the verge of, etc.

General Course Infromation

Course Details

Course Code M2014
Course Grammar Principles III
Semester AUT SEM 2023
Level 3
Lessons 2
Available for All students

Course Staff

Course Instructor: Danny

Course Timetable

Students will be noticed when the course is open.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Have clear understanding of the adverbials used with each of the verb tenses;
  2. Understand adverbs of frequency and time adverbs and time adverbials;
  3. Make difference between the meaning that certain adverbials which can used in combination with two or more tenses;
  4. Use the adverbials correctly and more confidently in both written and spoken form of language;
  5. Have clear understanding between the meaning and the usage of the different forms of taking about futurity in the English language;
  6. Understand the forms in both written and spoken language in context;

Learning Resouces

This course may include additional learning materials from the instructor. You may find them attached alongside your lesson videos.


Policy on course assessment is based on the following four principles:

  1. Assessment must encourage learning activities and improve learning methods.
  2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
  3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable.
  4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

Assessment Summary

# Task Credit
1 Lesson Video 25
2 Assignments 50
4 Quiz 25

Assessment Detail

Assessment 1: Attendance

Credit: 25

Assessment on attendance is determined by the total viewing duration in a lesson. For example, to get 25 credits, a 40-minute long lesson video requires a minimum viewing duration of 160 minutes.

Assessment 2: Assignments

Credit: 50

Task: You need to complete a total of 10 questions which come in various forms, including but not limited to cloze, multiple choice, or TRUE/FALSE questions. You will have 3 opportunities to answer each question before your final submission.

Assessment 3: Quiz

Credit: 25

Task: You need to complete a total of 20 questions that are either standalone or under reading material(s). You will not have additional opportunities before your final submission.


  • Failure to submit: Failure to fufill course attendance requirements, or unable to submit an assignment or quiz on time may incur a fail grade.
  • Resubmission: of an assignment or a quiz after reworking it to obtain a better mark will not normally be accepted. Approval for resubmission will only be granted on medical or compassionate grounds.
  • Appealing a mark or grade: If you are dissatisfied with your mark or grade, you may request for a review from your program coordinator. There must be academic or procedural reasons for your request, so you can’t simply request a re-mark because you are disappointed with your result.

Course Grading

Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

Grade Mark Description
HD 90-100 High Distinction
D 75-89 Distinction
M 61-74 Merit
P 45-60 Pass
F 0-44 Fail
FNS Fail No Submission