Archive for September, 2012

Difference between the present continuous and simple present tenses

September 16th, 2012 in Improve English

The present continuous tense is used to talk about temporary situations. To talk about more long-lasting or permanent situations we use the simple present tense.

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Tenses exercise

September 15th, 2012 in English Quiz

Fill in the blanks with appropriate verb forms.

1. I ………………………………………… to Beijing recently.

a) had gone

b) went

c) was going

Using seem

September 14th, 2012 in English Learning

Seem can be used to talk about people, things or situations that leave a certain impression in the mind. It has a similar meaning to ‘think’ or ‘feel’.

IELTS speaking test

September 13th, 2012 in IELTS

The IELTS speaking test takes about 15 minutes. It has three parts: an interview, a little speech and a discussion. The questions asked in the Speaking test often repeat. That means before attempting the test, you must be familiar with them.

Present perfect continuous tense: formation of questions

September 12th, 2012 in English Grammar

Study the following sentences.

Sophia has been taking care of her sick brother for the last six months.

Using the information given in the above sentence, we can make questions in several different ways. Study the following examples.

Demonstrative pronouns exercise for kids

September 11th, 2012 in English for children

The English demonstrative pronouns are this, that, these and those. They are used to point out people and things. This and that are used with singular nouns. These and those are used with plural nouns. Test your knowledge of demonstrative pronouns with this exercise.

Relative pronouns exercise

September 10th, 2012 in English Quiz

Test your understanding of relative pronouns with this grammar exercise.

1. Everybody likes boys …………………………………. speak the truth.

a) who

b) whom

c) which