Archive for April, 2010

More on Determiners

April 10th, 2010 in English Grammar, English Learning

Determiners are words like a, the, my, this, some, either, every,enough etc.
Note that determiners are not adjectives even though they come at the
beginning of noun phrases.

Preposition Quiz (Beginner)

April 9th, 2010 in English for children, English Quiz

Fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions.

1. I have been ill ————– three months.

a) for
b) since
c) from
d) to

Conditional Sentences Quiz 1

April 7th, 2010 in English Quiz

Fill in the blanks with suitable conditional verb forms.

1. If you ————— to learn a musical instrument, you have to practise.

a) want
b) wanted
c) would want
d) have wanted

Gradable Adjectives and Adverbs

April 6th, 2010 in English Grammar, English Learning

Some adjectives and adverbs express qualities which are gradable. Examples are: funny, interesting, difficult, hard etc. Stories can be more or less interesting. Jobs can be more or less difficult. Other adjectives and adverbs express qualities which are not gradable. Examples are: perfect, impossible, dead, round etc. We do not usually say that people are more or less dead or perfect.

How to Write Dates?

April 4th, 2010 in Writing

In British English dates are usually written as given below:

26 May 1979

30 October 2003

Note that the names of months always begin with capital letters.

Contracted Verb Forms

April 3rd, 2010 in Writing

Contractions are forms like I’ve and he’ll. There are two kinds of contractions:

Noun/pronoun etc + auxiliary verb

Comparison Using Positive Adjectives

April 2nd, 2010 in English Grammar, English Learning

Similarity and identity

To say that people or things are similar, we can use as or like, so/neither do I and similar structures.