Archive for July, 2012

Tenses exercise

July 23rd, 2012 in English Quiz

Complete the following sentences using appropriate forms of the verb given in the brackets.

1. The football match …………………………………. in a draw. (end)

2. Don’t make a noise. The baby ……………………………………….. (sleep)

Conditional clauses exercise

July 22nd, 2012 in English Quiz

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

1. If I were you, I …………………………………….. her.

Oxymoron and hyperbole

July 21st, 2012 in Style Guide

An oxymoron is a figure of speech that uses two contradictory ideas. The effect is often paradoxical and leaves a powerful impact on the reader / listener. Better still, an oxymoron can sometimes add a whole new layer of meaning to the core concept. Here are some examples of common oxymora in English. (Oxymora is the plural form of oxymoron.)

Proven techniques to improve your English vocabulary

July 19th, 2012 in Vocabulary

The Oxford English dictionary lists over 250,000 words. That figure does not include slang or technical words. Of course you don’t have to be familiar with all of these words although it would be quite a feat if you manage to learn all of them. A good speaker knows around 15,000 to 20,000 words. If your vocabulary is weak, you can improve it without much difficulty. Here are a few tips to improve your English vocabulary.

Verbs about human body

July 18th, 2012 in Vocabulary

This section deals with verbs and phrasal verbs built around the names of body parts.

Break an arm / leg etc.

To break your arm is to break the bone in the arm.

Editing sentences: exercise 1

July 17th, 2012 in English Quiz

Correct the following sentences.

Each sentence given below contains an error. From the given options find out the word that needs to be removed to make the sentence grammatically correct.

Parts of speech simplified

July 16th, 2012 in English Learning

Each word in English belongs to one of the eight categories called parts of speech. If you know some English words, then you are already familiar with the parts of speech. However, learners sometimes find it difficult to figure out what part of speech a particular word is. In this lesson, we will teach you the basic rules. To start with read the paragraph given below.