Archive for August, 2011

Strong verbs: common mistakes

August 8th, 2011 in Words


Bear has two past participle forms: born and borne. When referring to the birth of a child, born is used in the passive sense of ‘brought into this world’.

Joining two sentences using a participle

August 7th, 2011 in English Grammar

Study the following sentences.

The thief heard a noise. He ran away.
Hearing a noise, the thief ran away.

Agreement of the verb with the subject

August 6th, 2011 in Improve English

Correct the following sentences.

Incorrect: The news are too good to be true.
Correct: The news is too good to be true.

Demonstrative pronouns

August 5th, 2011 in English Learning

The English demonstrative pronouns are this, that, these and those.
This and that are singular in number. These and those are plural in number.
Study the following sentences.

Effective and Efficient; Especially and Specially

August 4th, 2011 in Words

If you are efficient you work well without wasting time or energy.

As he was efficient he was promoted.

If something is effective, it has the desired result.

Using quite

August 3rd, 2011 in English Grammar

When used with gradable adjectives (e.g. good, bad, tired etc), quite means ‘fairly’ or ‘rather’.

The film was quite good, but it could have been better.

Letter writing tips

August 2nd, 2011 in Letter Writing

In letters to members of your family, the salutation should be:

My dear Father / My dear Friend / My Dear Sister etc.