Archive for September, 2011

IELTS writing: sample report

September 17th, 2011 in IELTS

The chart shows the division of household tasks by gender in Great Britain.
Write a report for a university lecture describing the information shown below.
You should write at least 150 words. You can spend 20 minutes on this task.

Common expressions with put

September 16th, 2011 in Expressions

Be much put about (be troubled or worried)
I was much put about by the news.

Put an idea across (persuade people to accept it or approve of it)

Idioms with stand and run

September 15th, 2011 in Vocabulary

Stand something (to put up with something; to endure it)

I can’t stand hot weather. (= I can’t endure hot weather.)

Stand for something

Present tenses exercise

September 15th, 2011 in English Quiz

Fill in the blanks with appropriate verb forms in the present tense.

1. James ————————- all the biscuits.

a) Eats
b) Has eaten
c) Is eating

Properties of auxiliary verbs

September 14th, 2011 in English Grammar

English auxiliary verbs exhibit four properties. They are:

1. Auxiliaries alone can be negated by adding not.

Writing numbers in English

September 14th, 2011 in Improve English

Cardinal and ordinal numbers

Before a noun, we use ordinal (e.g. first, second, tenth) numbers; after a noun, we use cardinal (e.g. one, two, ten) numbers.

No matter

September 14th, 2011 in Improve English

No matter is a conjunction. It can be used with interrogative words like who, whose, what, which, where, when and how.

I will follow you no matter where you go.