Archive for January, 2013

Simple present tense exercise for kids

January 13th, 2013 in English Quiz

Make sentences in the simple present tense using appropriate verb forms. Choose your answers from the options given in the brackets.

1. My father …………………………………….. a teacher. (is / am / are)

Because and because of

January 12th, 2013 in English Quiz

Complete the following sentences using because or because of.

1. We stopped playing ………………………….. it rained.

a) because

b) because of

3 sureshot ways to improve your English skills

January 11th, 2013 in Improve English

So you want to improve your English language skills. Well, actually, it is not all that difficult. There are several methods that ESL students can employ to improve their English skills. In this lesson we will take a look at some of the most effective among these practices.

Inconsistent tenses

January 11th, 2013 in Improve English

Consistency of tenses is one of the most common problems ESL students face. The tense form used in a sentence indicates the time of the action mentioned in the sentence. English tenses are a bit complex. For example, we do not always use future tense forms to talk about the future. In the same way, sometimes we use present tenses to talk about the past. This can confuse an ESL student. Sometimes it doesn’t really matter which tense you use. For example, if you are writing a story, you can use either present tense or past tense. In this case, you just need to maintain consistency of tenses.

How to teach the future

January 8th, 2013 in English Teaching

Teaching the future tense in English is not all that difficult. Most students can easily recognize future forms because they know that it is constructed with will or shall. There is a problem, though. We use several different structures to talk about future. Many of them don’t even use the auxiliaries will / shall.

Parallelism

January 7th, 2013 in English Grammar

You can make your sentences clearer and better by using parallel structures. That means if you are listing items, you have to ensure that they are in the same parts of speech. Clauses, too, need to be balanced.

Phrasal verbs exercise

January 6th, 2013 in English Quiz

Complete the following sentences using appropriate phrasal verbs.

1. The forest department has advised against smoking in the forest because fires can easily ……………………………….

a) break out