Archive for March, 2010

Can and Could: Differences

March 31st, 2010 in Common Mistakes, English Grammar

Both can and could are modal auxiliary verbs. Can is used to talk about present or general ability. Could is used to talk about ability that existed in the past.

Make Sensible Sentences

March 29th, 2010 in English for children

1. Some children saw we in park the playing.

2. River there a bridge is across the.

3. The railway road which to is the station?

Future Tenses Quiz

March 28th, 2010 in English Quiz

Fill in the blanks with the most appropriate verb forms.

1. The plane ——————– at 4.30 pm.

a) arrive
b) arrives
c) will arrive
d) has arrive

Words Commonly Confused

March 27th, 2010 in Vocabulary, Words

Alternately and alternatively

Alternate means ‘every second’ in turns.

We spend alternate weekends at our farm house.

Alternatively can mean ‘different’, ‘instead’ or ‘on the other hand’.

British and American English: Differences

March 26th, 2010 in English Grammar

American English isn’t very different from British English. There are a few differences of grammar and spelling. But since modern British English is heavily influenced by American English, some of the contrasts are disappearing.

Besides, Except, Apart from; Big, Large, Great

March 24th, 2010 in Vocabulary, Words

Besides, except and apart from

Besides usually adds.

Besides mathematics, we learn physics and chemistry. (We study three subjects.)

Except usually subtracts.

Beat, Win; Begin, Start; Because, Because of; Beside, Besides

March 24th, 2010 in Vocabulary, Words

Beat and win

Both beat and win are irregular verbs.

Beat – beat – beaten
Win – won – won