Archive for February, 2010

What is a Restrictive or Defining Relative Clause

February 27th, 2010 in English Grammar, English Learning

A relative clause is a kind of subordinate clause which is attached to a head noun within a noun phrase.

There are two kinds of relative clauses: restrictive or defining relative clauses and non-restrictive or non-defining relative clauses.

Present Tense Quiz 1

February 26th, 2010 in English Quiz

Fill in the blanks with suitable present tense forms.

1.    They ————————- for Sydney tomorrow.

a)    Are leave
b)    Are leaving
c)    Leaving
d)    Have left

Does Subjunctive Mood Still Exist?

February 25th, 2010 in English Grammar, English Learning

The subjunctive mood scarcely exists in present day English. It is marked by distinctive verb forms which are now confined to the verb be and third person singular forms of other verbs. Note that the subjunctive forms still exist in American English.

Words Commonly Confused Part V

February 22nd, 2010 in Vocabulary, Words

Ceiling, sealing and roof

Ceiling is the inside top of a room.
This room has a low ceiling.

Sealing is the act of setting a seal.
Please, seal this box.

Present and Past tense Exercise

February 21st, 2010 in English Grammar, English Learning

In the following sentences change the verbs into their corresponding past tenses.

Participles and Gerunds Exercise

February 21st, 2010 in English Grammar, English Learning

State whether the –ing forms given in the following sentences are participles or gerunds. In the case of participles, name the noun or pronoun they qualify. In the case of gerunds, state what function they serve in the sentence.

Participles Exercise II

February 21st, 2010 in English Grammar, English Learning

Rewrite the following sentences by changing the participle into a finite verb.