Archive for March, 2011

Short questions

March 15th, 2011 in Improve English

Short questions often have a very simple structure. They may consist of just a question word or a short phrase beginning with a question word.

Be + infinitive

March 14th, 2011 in Improve English

We use be + infinitive in a formal style to talk about plans and arrangements.

Noun clause exercise

March 13th, 2011 in Improve English

Point out the noun clause in each of the following sentences and state what function it serves in the sentence.

1.       Tell me how you did that.

The difference between some/any and no article

March 12th, 2011 in Improve English

Uncountable and plural nouns can be used with no article. They can also be used with some/any. Usually there is not a great difference of meaning.

Adjective clauses exercise

March 11th, 2011 in English Learning

Point out the adjective clauses in the following sentences.

1.       Mary had a little lamb whose fleece was as white as snow.

2.       The house that we live in belongs to my grandfather.

Present tenses to talk about future

March 10th, 2011 in English Grammar

The simple present tense is sometimes used to talk about the future. This, for example, happens when we are talking about events that are part of a timetable.

Difference between present perfect and present perfect continuous tenses

March 9th, 2011 in Improve English

The present perfect and present perfect continuous tenses can both be used to talk about recent actions and situations that have present results. There is an important difference. The present perfect continuous looks at the action as a continuous activity not necessarily finished. The present perfect tense, on the other hand, focuses on the completion of the action.