Relative adverbs

February 17th, 2011 in English Grammar

An adverb which introduces a relative clause is called a relative adverb.  Examples are: when, where, why, whatever, wherever etc. Study the following sentences.

Participles: exercise

February 16th, 2011 in Improve English

Correct the following sentences.

1. Being the only applicant, I decided to appoint him.

2. Seizing him by the arm, he was taken to the police station.

Idioms derived from the names of household objects

February 15th, 2011 in Vocabulary


Bed of roses: a very comfortable existence

Stardom is not a bed of roses.

Get out of bed on the wrong side

Neither, nor and not-either

February 14th, 2011 in Improve English

Neither and nor can be used as adverbs to mean ‘also not’. Note that neither and nor come at the beginning of a clause, and are followed by inverted word order: auxiliary verb + subject.

Agreement of the relative pronoun and its antecedent

February 13th, 2011 in Improve English

As the relative pronoun refers back to a noun or pronoun (called its antecedent), it must be of the same number and person as its antecedent. Note that the verb shows the number and person of the relative pronoun. For example, a relative pronoun referring back to a singular noun or pronoun must be followed by a singular verb.

Parts of speech: exercise

February 12th, 2011 in Improve English

Name the part of speech of each italicized word in the following sentences.

1. He still lives in that country.

2. She spoke very fluently.

Interchange the degrees of comparison

February 11th, 2011 in Improve English

It is possible to change the degree of comparison of an adjective in a sentence, without changing the meaning of the sentence.

Change the degrees of comparison in the sentences given below.