Future tense in if-clauses

March 5th, 2011 in Improve English

We normally use a present tense with if and most other conjunctions to refer to the future.

Relative pronoun whose

March 4th, 2011 in English Learning

Whose is a relative possessive word. It is a determiner used before nouns and replaces the words his, her, its or their.

Gerund and Infinitive: Exercise

March 3rd, 2011 in English Learning

Replace the gerund by an infinitive and the infinitive by a gerund in the following sentences.

1.       To laugh is better than to frown.

2.       Writing a story is not easy.

Change assertive sentences into interrogative

March 2nd, 2011 in English Learning

Change the following assertive sentences into interrogative.

1.       It was a great sight.

2.       No one can tolerate this.

3.       There is nothing particularly impressive about this picture.

Direct and Indirect Objects: Exercise

March 1st, 2011 in English Learning

Rewrite the following sentences putting the indirect objects before the direct objects.

1. Jane told a secret to me.

2. John’s father left a huge property for him.

Ago and Before

February 28th, 2011 in Words

Ago is followed by an expression of time.

The train went out ten minutes ago.
I met her two weeks ago.

Tenses with ago

Negative questions

February 27th, 2011 in Improve English

Negative questions are of two kinds: contracted and uncontracted. They have different word order. Note that uncontracted negative questions are usually formal.

Contracted negative questions