Archive for December, 2010

Inversion of adjectives and adverbs

December 31st, 2010 in Improve English

An English sentence usually begins with a noun or noun equivalent (subject). But sometimes an adjective is placed first to emphasize the contrast between it and what is stated in the main clause.

Conversational structures

December 30th, 2010 in Expressions

Avoidance of repetition

Auxiliary verbs are often used alone instead of full verbs. Study the following sentences.

X: Do you want it?
Y: Yes, I do. (= More natural than ‘Yes, I want it.’)

Prepositions at the end of questions

December 29th, 2010 in English Grammar

When a question word is the object of a preposition, the preposition usually comes at the end of the clause, especially in an informal style.

Omission of that

December 27th, 2010 in Improve English

The conjunction that is often left out, especially in an informal style. Here are the details.

Indirect speech

That can be left out after common reporting verbs such as say, think, suggest etc.

Verb patterns with that-clauses

December 27th, 2010 in Improve English

That is simply a connector. That-clauses can have various functions in sentences. A that-clause, for example, can be the subject or object of a verb.

Verb pattern: subject + verb + that-clause

Tag questions: two meanings

December 25th, 2010 in Improve English

Read the following sentence.

You will do it, won’t you?

Past and Past participle quiz 1

December 24th, 2010 in English Quiz

Fill in the blanks with the past and past participle of the words given in brackets.

1. The sailors ——————— to the broken mast, as the ship ———————-. (cling, sink)