Archive for November, 2011

Formation of complex sentences exercise

November 24th, 2011 in Improve English

Combine each of the following sets of simple sentences into one complex sentence.

1. The strike was going to be called off. The leader told me that.

Parallel structure

November 24th, 2011 in English Grammar

Your writing will be clearer if you use parallel construction. When you list items they should be in similar form.

Here are some examples of correct parallel structure.

Different ways of expressing concession or contrast

November 23rd, 2011 in Improve English

There are different ways of expressing concession or contrast. Study the following sentences.

Although he is rich, he is unhappy.

The same idea can be expressed in very many ways.

Common mistakes – part II

November 22nd, 2011 in Improve English

Good Vs Well

Good is an adjective. It is used to modify a noun. Well is an adverb. It is used to modify a verb.

Incorrect: She sings good.

Make complex sentences with adjective clauses

November 21st, 2011 in Improve English

Adjective clauses are usually introduced by the relative pronouns who, which and that.

Study the following example.

The boy was caught. He had stolen the purse.

Conversion of simple sentences into complex

November 20th, 2011 in Improve English

A simple sentence can be converted into a complex sentence by expanding a word or phrase into a subordinate clause. This clause may be a noun clause, an adjective clause or an adverb clause.

Synthesis of sentences by using a noun or phrase in apposition

November 19th, 2011 in Improve English

Two simple sentences can be combined into a single simple sentence by using a noun or phrase in apposition.

Study the following example.