Archive for October, 2011

The with superlative adjectives and adverbs

October 31st, 2011 in English Grammar

Nouns modified by adjectives in the superlative degree normally have the article the.

She is the most beautiful woman I have seen. (NOT She is most beautiful woman I have seen.)

A / an with uncountable nouns

October 30th, 2011 in English Grammar

Certain uncountable nouns are used with a/an when we are limiting their meaning in some way. Most of these nouns refer to human emotions or mental activity. Examples are: knowledge, distrust, understanding, hatred, education

Participles exercise (common mistakes)

October 28th, 2011 in Improve English

In each of the following pairs of sentence, one sentence is correct and the other is wrong. Find out the correct sentence.

1. a) The woman looked worrying. / b) The woman looked worried.

Adjectives with unusual properties

October 27th, 2011 in English Grammar

Certain comparative adjectives borrowed from Latin have no positive or superlative degree forms. All of these adjectives end in –or. They are 12 in all. Five of them have already lost their comparative meaning and are now used as positive adjectives. These are: interior, exterior, ulterior, major and minor.

How much do articles matter?

October 25th, 2011 in English Grammar

The correct use of articles is one of the most difficult points in English Grammar. Fortunately, most mistakes in the use of articles don’t matter too much. Even if you write your sentences with no articles at all, it is usually possible to understand their meaning.

Sentence correction exercise

October 24th, 2011 in Common Mistakes

In each of the following pairs of sentences, one sentence is correct, and the other is wrong. Choose the correct sentence.

Special uses of some conjunctions

October 23rd, 2011 in Improve English


The conjunction while is used with the following meanings.

While = during the time that; for as long as; at the same time as