Archive for April, 2011

The joining word that

April 13th, 2011 in Improve English

We can combine two or more simple sentences into a complex sentence by using the joining word that. A complex sentence has one main clause and one or more subordinate clauses. The subordinate clause could be a noun clause, an adjective clause or an adverb clause.

The joining words who, which and that

April 12th, 2011 in Improve English

We use who when referring to people. We use which or that when referring to animals or things. Note that that can be used in place of whom when referring to people.

Words commonly confused quiz

April 11th, 2011 in English Quiz

Fill in the blanks.

1.       Several Indians have ………………….. to Australia in the last few years.

a)      Emigrated
b)      Immigrated

2.       He is a rather …………………… person.

Should, ought and must

April 10th, 2011 in English Grammar

Should and ought have very similar meanings. In fact, these words can often replace each other.

She should be more responsible. OR She ought to be more responsible.

Regular and irregular verbs: British and American differences

April 9th, 2011 in Words

In American English the verbs burn, dream, lean, learn, smell, spell, spill and spoil are all regular.

No and none

April 8th, 2011 in Improve English

No can be used instead of not a or not any. It is more emphatic.

Singular and plural: mixed structures

April 7th, 2011 in Improve English

Study the following sentence

She is one of the few women writers who have won the Nobel Prize for Literature.