It as a preparatory object

December 17th, 2011 in English Grammar

It is sometimes used as a preparatory object. This usually happens when the actual object is an infinitive phrase or a clause with an adjective or noun complement.

Word order in a sentence

December 16th, 2011 in English Learning

Longer structures usually come last in a clause or sentence.

Students are often discouraged by the length of time it takes to learn a second language. (More natural than ‘The length of time it takes to learn a second language often discourages students.’)

Spot the error

December 15th, 2011 in English Learning

Each sentence given below contains an error. The error is in one of the underlined parts. Find the underlined part which contains the error.

Direct speech

December 14th, 2011 in Improve English

Change the following into direct speech.

1. The peasant told the youth that the weather was stormy and the way was long.

2. They asked me whether I would like to go with them.

Transformation of sentences

December 13th, 2011 in Improve English

Rewrite the following sentences using the adverb form of the italicized words.

1. The doctor examined the report with great care.

2. His behavior was very rude.

Present tense exercise

December 10th, 2011 in Improve English

Rewrite the following sentences changing verbs into the present tense.

1. The student who chose the best books for his study found his reward.

2. What he knew he could not explain.

Action verbs exercise

December 9th, 2011 in English Quiz

Fill in the blanks with appropriate action verbs. Each question is followed by three suggested answers. Choose the most appropriate one.

1. The wrestler …………………………. his muscles. (flexed / shook / snapped)