The three types of TOEFL

August 10th, 2011 in TOEFL

Paper-based TOEFL
Until 1998 everybody had to take the paper-based TOEFL test. It has three parts – listening comprehension, reading comprehension and grammar. Answers had to be marked with a pencil. The maximum score you could get in the TOEFL PBT was 677.

Computer based TOEFL

The computer based TOEFL test was introduced in 1998. The maximum points you can score in the TOEFL CBT is 300.

Nouns with countable and uncountable forms

August 9th, 2011 in Improve English

Many nouns have both countable and uncountable uses. There is usually a difference of meaning.

Strong verbs: common mistakes

August 8th, 2011 in Words


Bear has two past participle forms: born and borne. When referring to the birth of a child, born is used in the passive sense of ‘brought into this world’.

Joining two sentences using a participle

August 7th, 2011 in English Grammar

Study the following sentences.

The thief heard a noise. He ran away.
Hearing a noise, the thief ran away.

Agreement of the verb with the subject

August 6th, 2011 in Improve English

Correct the following sentences.

Incorrect: The news are too good to be true.
Correct: The news is too good to be true.

Demonstrative pronouns

August 5th, 2011 in English Learning

The English demonstrative pronouns are this, that, these and those.
This and that are singular in number. These and those are plural in number.
Study the following sentences.

Effective and Efficient; Especially and Specially

August 4th, 2011 in Words

If you are efficient you work well without wasting time or energy.

As he was efficient he was promoted.

If something is effective, it has the desired result.