Archive for January, 2011

Uses of the relative pronouns

January 31st, 2011 in English Grammar

As a general rule, who is used for persons only. It may refer to a singular noun or a plural noun.

A little, the little, a few, the few: exercise

January 30th, 2011 in English Quiz

Fill in the blanks with ‘a little’ or ‘the little’.

1. —————– precaution is necessary in handling an electronic device.

2. We have got —————- bacon and a few eggs.

Adjectives quiz

January 28th, 2011 in English Quiz

Fill in the blanks with ‘later’, ‘last’, ‘latest’ or ‘latter’.

1. The —————- part of the film is more interesting than the former part.

2. He is ——————- than I expected.

Worth and Worthwhile: uses

January 27th, 2011 in Words

Worth can be followed by a noun phrase which describes the value of something.

Double use of relative pronouns

January 26th, 2011 in Improve English

Relative pronouns serve a double use. They act as subjects or objects inside relative clauses. They also connect relative clauses to nouns or pronouns in other clauses, rather like conjunctions. Relative pronouns used as subjects or objects replace words like she or him. Note that one subject or object in a relative clause is enough.

Say and Tell

January 25th, 2011 in Words

Both say and tell are used with direct and indirect speech. With direct speech, say is more common than tell.

Say

Say can refer to any kind of speech.

Relations shown by prepositions

January 24th, 2011 in English Grammar

Prepositions show various kinds of relations. The chief among them are given below.

Place

Important place prepositions are: in, at, on, across, among, behind, under, below, above, over etc.