Archive for February, 2011

Ago and Before

February 28th, 2011 in Words

Ago is followed by an expression of time.

The train went out ten minutes ago.
I met her two weeks ago.

Tenses with ago

Negative questions

February 27th, 2011 in Improve English

Negative questions are of two kinds: contracted and uncontracted. They have different word order. Note that uncontracted negative questions are usually formal.

Contracted negative questions

Talking about obligation and freedom to act

February 26th, 2011 in Improve English

Modal auxiliary verbs can express various aspects of obligation and freedom. Note that the use of modals verbs can help in making a request, suggestion or instruction sound more polite.

Prepositions of place

February 25th, 2011 in Improve English

The chief prepositions used to talk about place are: at, on and in.

Active and passive voice: worksheet

February 25th, 2011 in English Teaching

Change the following sentences into passive voice.

1. I know him.

2. His conduct will surprise you.

3. His failure disgusted his parents.

Pronouns exercise

February 24th, 2011 in Improve English

Point out the pronouns in the following sentences and state for what noun each stands.

1. The boy wasn’t hurt, and he sprang to his feet in a moment.

Idioms derived from the names of animals

February 23rd, 2011 in Expressions

Take the bull by the horns (face a difficult situation boldly)

Why don’t you take the bull by the horns and dismiss him.