Future substitutes

April 5th, 2011 in Improve English

The future auxiliaries will and shall are often replaced by other verbs and expressions that stress a particular feeling or attitude of the speaker.

What, how and why

April 4th, 2011 in Improve English

These three question words are often confused. Note particularly the following common structures.

Enough as an adverb

April 3rd, 2011 in Words

Adjective/adverb + enough

Enough is an adverb. It normally comes after the adjective or adverb it modifies.

Object and its attributes

April 2nd, 2011 in Improve English

If the verb in the predicate is transitive, it must have an object to complete its meaning. Consider the sentence, ‘I bought a pen’. The words I bought by themselves do not make complete sense. But the sentence ‘I bought a pen’ expresses a complete thought. Here ‘a pen’ is the object of the verb bought.

Conditional sentences exercise

April 1st, 2011 in English Quiz

Fill in the blanks with suitable verb forms.

1.       If you had asked he ——————— you.

a)      Would help
b)      Would have helped
c)       Will help
d)      Could help

Verbs that are easily confused

March 31st, 2011 in Improve English

Infinitive / simple past / past participle

Fall / fell / fallen

Feel / felt / felt

Fill / filled / filled

Find / found / found

Before as a preposition and a conjunction

March 30th, 2011 in Words

As a conjunction before means ‘previously to the time when’. The conjunction before joins two clauses together. Note that before and its clause can come either before or after the other clause.