Sentence synthesis

January 27th, 2015 in English Learning

We can combine sentences in several different ways. We can, for example, use conjunctions. There are two types of conjunctions – coordinating conjunctions and subordinating conjunctions.

Comparison of adjectives

January 26th, 2015 in English Learning

Read the following sentences.

  • John is a good singer.
  • Peter is a good singer.
  • Tom is a good singer.

Adjectives review

January 25th, 2015 in English Learning

There are different kinds of adjectives.

Adjectives of quality

Adjectives of quality describe the kind, quality or characteristic of a person, animal, place or thing.

He is a clever boy.

Comparison of adjectives

January 25th, 2015 in English Quiz

Complete the following sentences using appropriate adjective forms.

1. Mandarin is the …………………. widely spoken language in the world.

(a) much
(b) more
(c) most

American and British English spelling differences

January 24th, 2015 in Improve English

Use of the subjunctive

The subjunctive is a special kind of present tense which has no –s in the third person singular. It is very common in American English.

Confusing pairs exercise

January 22nd, 2015 in English Quiz

This exercise tests your understanding of confusing word pairs. Complete the following sentences using appropriate words.

1.    It was …………… cold yesterday. (very/ much)

2.    Reading gives us pleasure …………….. information.  (beside/besides)

Special structures with have

January 22nd, 2015 in English Learning

Verb pattern: have + object + infinitive /-ing form

In this structure have means ‘experience’.  The usage is rather informal.

  • I had a strange thing happen to me last week. (= I experienced a strange thing last week.)