Archive for December, 2012

Using has and have

December 24th, 2012 in English for children

The auxiliary verbs has and have are used in the present tense to indicate ideas such as possession, relationships and physical characteristics.

  • She has blue eyes.
  • They have a tea estate.

Tenses in subordinate clauses

December 23rd, 2012 in English Learning

ESL students often have difficulty using tenses correctly in subordinate clauses. I hope that this lesson will help you understand the basic rules of sequence of tenses. The sentences given below demonstrate the correct relationship of tenses between clauses.

Basic rules of reported speech

December 22nd, 2012 in English Learning

We can report people’s speech in two main ways. We can, for example, give the exact words spoken by them. This kind of structure is called ‘direct speech’.

Verbs exercise for kids

December 21st, 2012 in English for children, Test Preparation

Verbs are action words. They tell us what the person or thing denoted by the subject does /has done / will do. Sometimes the verb may also show what happens / has happened / will happen to the subject. Examples are: work, play, sing, dance, stop, start, wait, leave, bring, take etc.

Structures with make

December 20th, 2012 in English Grammar, Uncategorized

Make is a common purpose verb. It has several meanings.

Study the following sentence.

Ann screamed when she saw the mouse.

The same idea can be expressed using make.

Active and passive voice worksheets

December 19th, 2012 in English Teaching, Writing

A verb form can be in the active voice or in the passive voice. Active verb forms are different from passive forms; however, sometimes they are confused. These mistakes are not very surprising because of the following reasons.

TOEFL Vocabulary Exercise

December 18th, 2012 in TOEFL

A good knowledge of English vocabulary is absolutely essential for success in standardized tests like TOEFL and IELTS. Test your English vocabulary skills with this exercise.