Archive for November, 2011

Position of direct and indirect objects

November 18th, 2011 in English Grammar

Some verbs can be followed by two objects – an indirect object and a direct object.

The indirect object usually refers to a person and comes first.

Constructing sentences with noun clauses

November 15th, 2011 in English Grammar


Convert the following simple sentences to complex sentences, each containing a noun clause.

1. I hope to pass the test.

2. I expect to meet John tomorrow.

But meaning ‘except’

November 12th, 2011 in English Grammar

But can mean ‘except’ after words like all, none, every, any, everything, everybody, nothing and no.

He eats nothing but French fries. (= He eats nothing except French fries.)
She did nothing but cry. (= She did nothing except cry.)

Conversion of simple sentences into complex sentences

November 11th, 2011 in Improve English

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

How to emphasize a word?

November 10th, 2011 in English Grammar

We can emphasize a word by placing it first.

Study the following example.

Though he was hurt, he played well.

Modal auxiliary verbs exercise

November 7th, 2011 in English Quiz

Complete the following sentences. Each question is followed by three suggested answers. Choose the most appropriate one.

1. I don’t think that I …………………………….. be able to come. (would / will / can)

Past or past participle exercise

November 6th, 2011 in English Quiz

Fill in the blanks with past or past participle form of the verb given in the brackets.

1. The story is tediously ————————– out. (spin)