Archive for October, 2012

Vocabulary exercise

October 31st, 2012 in Vocabulary

Complete the following sentences with appropriate words.

1. Public speaking can be very ……………………………………….. (exhausting / exhaustive)

2. The writer’s treatment of the subject is very ………………………………………… (exhaustive / exhausting)

Some correlative conjunctions

October 31st, 2012 in English Learning

Correlative conjunctions are those conjunctions that are used in pairs. Examples are: either…or and neither…nor. When you use a correlative conjunction, you have to make sure both parts are followed by the same kind of structure. For example, if you use an adjective after the first part of the correlative, then the second part too should be followed by an adjective.

Enough and too

October 30th, 2012 in English Grammar

Complete the following sentences using enough or too.

Hints

Enough shows sufficiency. It has a positive meaning. Too shows undesirable excess. It has a negative meaning. Enough comes after the adjective or adverb it modifies. Too comes before the word it modifies.

Half and half of

October 29th, 2012 in English Grammar

Complete the following sentences using half or half of. In some cases, either could be used.

Hint

Phrasal verbs with break

October 28th, 2012 in English Quiz

Phrasal verbs are made by putting a verb and an adverb particle or preposition together. They are common in all forms of English. The problem with phrasal verbs is that you cannot guess their meanings.

Difference between ago and before

October 27th, 2012 in Words

Ago is used with a past tense and a time expression to count back from the present.

His father died three years ago.

He left ten minutes ago.

Affect and effect

October 26th, 2012 in Words

The words affect and effect are often confused. Affect is a verb. It means ‘cause a change in something’ or ‘influence’.

The cold weather affected my health.