Archive for May, 2012

Beginning a sentence with a negative word

May 21st, 2012 in English Learning

An inversion is a powerful tool that you can use to stress the uniqueness of an action. Note that inversion is mainly used when the sentence begins with a negative word.

Adjective or adverb?

May 18th, 2012 in English Quiz

State whether the words in bold face are adjectives or adverbs.

1. I am dead certain.

Dead is an adverb here
Dead is an adjective here

Too, so and very exercise

May 17th, 2012 in English Quiz

Complete the following sentences using appropriate degree modifiers.

1. I was ……………………. weak that I couldn’t even sit up.

a) so      b) too    c) very

Conjunctions exercise

May 16th, 2012 in English Quiz

Complete the following sentences using appropriate conjunctions.

1. Wait here ………………………. I return.

a) till                b) until             c) either could be used here

2. I will visit you ……………………. I have time.

Should in subordinate clauses

May 15th, 2012 in English Grammar

Should is often used in that-clauses after adjectives and nouns expressing the importance of an action. Adjectives that can be used like this are: important, necessary, vital, essential, eager, anxious, concerned, wish etc.

Although, despite, in spite of, however: grammar exercise

May 14th, 2012 in English Quiz

Complete the following sentences.

1. We went out ………………………….. the rain.

a) in spite of       b) however c) although

2. We went out …………………………. it rained.

Inversion in questions

May 13th, 2012 in English Grammar

In an affirmative sentence, the verb goes after the subject. However, the auxiliary verb can go before the subject of a clause in several different structures. This is called inversion. Inversion is quite common in questions.