Archive for July, 2011

Infinitives and -ing forms

July 22nd, 2011 in Improve English

Prepositions are not normally followed by infinitives in English. Instead we use the –ing form of the following verb.

Some and some of

July 21st, 2011 in Improve English

Some is a determiner. It suggests and indefinite quantity or number.

I need to buy some clothes.

Some is used when it is not necessary to say exactly how much or many we are thinking of.

Using else

July 20th, 2011 in Words

Else can mean ‘other’ or ‘more’ after words like somebody / someone / something / somewhere / anybody / anyone / anything / anywhere / everybody / everyone / everything / everywhere / nobody / no one / nothing /nowhere etc.

IELTS Speaking sample questions

July 19th, 2011 in IELTS

The IELTS speaking test takes about 15 minutes. There are three tasks – an interview, a short speech and a discussion. You will usually be asked questions about yourself, your work/studies, friends, family, interests and beliefs. It doesn’t require a lot of efforts to do well in the IELTS speaking test. All that you need to do is to familiarize yourself with the kind of questions that could be asked.

Reporting promises, orders, requests etc

July 18th, 2011 in Improve English

Promises, orders, requests, advice and suggestions are reported with infinitives. We usually use a reporting verb like promise, command, order, agree, tell, offer, advice or suggest.

Reported speech exercise

July 17th, 2011 in Improve English

Change the following sentences into reported speech.

1. ‘Who is the best player here?’ she asked.

2. ‘Are you coming home with me?’ he asked.

North, northern, east, eastern etc

July 16th, 2011 in Words

The words eastern, western, northern and southern are used to talk about rather indefinite areas. The words east, west, north and south are used to talk about more clearly defined places.