Archive for August, 2010

Tenses Quiz

August 31st, 2010 in English Quiz

Fill in the blanks using proper verb forms:

1. I ————— school last year.

a) left
b) have left
c) had left
d) was leaving

Changing an interrogative sentence into the passive

August 30th, 2010 in English Grammar

Read the following sentences:

Active: Do the children play football?
Passive: Is football played by the children? (NOT Do football played by the children?)
Active: Did Alice invite you?
Passive: Were you invited by Alice? (NOT Did you invited by Alice?)

Analysis of a sentence: a few points to consider

August 29th, 2010 in English Grammar, English Learning

There are as many clauses in a sentence as there are finite verbs. A finite verb has a subject. Infinitives, participles and gerunds are not finite verbs.

For and because

How to construct a sentence having a noun clause?

August 28th, 2010 in English Grammar, English Learning

Constructing a sentence having a noun clause is very simple. One of the easiest ways is to begin a sentence like this:

He said that…

Noun clause

August 28th, 2010 in English Grammar, English Learning

A noun clause acts like a noun. It can serve all the purposes a noun serves in a sentence. In the following examples we are comparing the five functions of a noun with that of a noun clause. The sentences are patterned on a similar fashion, but in the first one we have used a noun and in the second one we have used a noun clause.

American and British English: Differences in Vocabulary and Spelling

August 27th, 2010 in Improve English

Expressions with prepositions and particles

A few words which are followed by a certain preposition or adverb particle in British English is followed by a different preposition or particle in American English.

Be + infinitive

August 26th, 2010 in Improve English

The structure be + infinitive is used to talk about official plans and arrangements in a formal style.

The Prime Minister is to visit Africa next month.
We are to get a wage rise in May.