Archive for December, 2011

Adjectives used only in predicative position

December 31st, 2011 in English Grammar

Some adjectives are only used in predicative position. That means they go after be and other copular verbs (e.g. seem, look, become, turn, feel etc.). Adjectives that are only used in the predicative position usually begin with the letter a. Examples are: afloat, afraid, alright, alike, alive, alone, asleep and awake. In the attributive position (before a noun), we use other words or phrases to express the same idea.

More and most with short adjectives

December 30th, 2011 in Improve English

Sometimes more and most are used with adjectives that usually take –er and –est. This usually happens when a comparative form is not followed immediately by than. Forms with –er are also possible in most of these situations.

Present tenses in stories, commentaries and instructions

December 29th, 2011 in English Grammar

Present tenses are often used to tell stories. This usually happens in an informal style. In stories, the simple present tense is used for events that happen one after another. The present continuous tense is used for background actions.

Passive verb forms overview

December 28th, 2011 in English Grammar

Here is a list of all the passive verb forms of the ordinary English verbs break and paint.

Simple present: is / are + broken; is / are + painted

Above and over grammar exercise

December 27th, 2011 in English Quiz

Complete the following sentences using above or over.


Above is used in measurements of temperature and height. Over is used to talk about ages and speeds. Over is also used to mean ‘more than’.

Idioms exercise

December 26th, 2011 in English Quiz

Complete the following sentences using appropriate idiomatic expressions.

1.     If she has ……………………….. her mind on getting something, there is no stopping her.

a) set b) kept c) turned

Conditional verb forms exercise

December 25th, 2011 in English Quiz

Fill in the blanks with appropriate conditional verb forms. Each question is followed by three suggested answers. Choose the most appropriate one.

1. If I see Ann, I …………………………. her your love.