Archive for September, 2011

Hardly, scarcely and no sooner

September 23rd, 2011 in Improve English

These expressions can be used (often with a past perfect tense) to talk about two events that happen one after another.

Note the sentence structure.


September 22nd, 2011 in Improve English

The label predicate refers to that part of the sentence which is not the subject. The predicate contains the verb. Study the following examples.

Subject Predicate

IELTS Speaking Questions

September 21st, 2011 in IELTS

The IELTS speaking test takes about 15 minutes. It has three parts – an interview, a speech and a discussion. The questions asked during the speaking test can repeat.

Prepositions Exercise

September 20th, 2011 in English Quiz

Fill in the blanks with appropriate prepositions.

1. He has been very negligent ………………………….. his studies.

a) In
b) For
c) With

2. He sat there lost …………………………… his dreams.


September 20th, 2011 in English Grammar

The subjunctive is a special kind of present tense which has no –s marking in the third person singular. The subjunctive was very common in English many centuries ago. It is still common in American English after words like suggest, recommend, ask, insist, vital, essential and important.

Sentence correction exercise

September 19th, 2011 in Improve English

Correct the following sentences.

  1. A my friend has Just invited me to Tokyo.
  2. It is easy to lose ones temper when one is criticized.
  3. How is that your brother?

Adverb clause exercise

September 18th, 2011 in English Grammar

Find out the adverb clauses in the following sentences and state the kind of each.

1. Even if it rains, I will come.

2. When you have finished your work, you may go home.