Archive for February, 2012

Passives: sentences with infinitive and clause objects

February 29th, 2012 in English Learning

Some sentences have infinitives or clauses as their objects. Structures like these cannot be made passive. Study the following sentences.

I hoped to marry her. (BUT NOT To marry her was hoped by me.)

Either, each, any and every

February 28th, 2012 in Improve English

Either and any

Either means one or the other of two. Note that either is followed by a singular noun.

Either answer is correct.

Either method leads to the same result.

Some commonly confused words

February 27th, 2012 in English Learning

Presently

In British English, presently is used to mean ‘not now, later’ or ‘in a minute’.

  • ‘Mummy, can I have a chocolate?’ ‘Presently, dear.’ (= Not now, later)

Words followed by particular prepositions

February 26th, 2012 in English Grammar

Agree with

You agree with a person, an opinion or a policy.

I cannot agree with you.

I can’t agree with your opinion.

I don’t agree with your policies.

Inversion of the adverbs

February 25th, 2012 in English Quiz

Rewrite the following sentences putting the adverb first. Note that when a negative adverb comes at the beginning of a sentence, we usually use an inverted word order. That means the auxiliary verb comes before the subject.

Correct the mistakes

February 23rd, 2012 in Common Mistakes

Correct the following sentences.

1. The car either dashed against a goat or a donkey.

2. Neither he would eat nor allow us to eat.

Prepositions exercise

February 22nd, 2012 in English Quiz

Complete the following sentences using appropriate prepositions. Choose your answer from the options given in the brackets.

1. He is worthy ……………………. our reverence. (of / off / about)