Archive for March, 2013

Collocations exercise

March 5th, 2013 in Vocabulary

Collocations are particular word combinations that exist in English. Test your understanding of collocations with this vocabulary exercise. Each sentence given below contains an incomplete collocation. Complete the collocation by supplying a suitable word. Choose your answers from the options given below each question.

Using while and whereas

March 4th, 2013 in English Learning

Although the conjunctions while and whereas have similar uses, there are some differences too. While, for example, can be used to introduce a time-clause. Whereas cannot be used to introduce a time-clause.

As and so

March 3rd, 2013 in English Grammar

Combine the following sentences using as or so.


The subordinating conjunction as is used to show the reason.

  • As he was late, he missed the train.

Using till and until

March 2nd, 2013 in English Grammar

These words can be used both as prepositions and conjunctions. They mean exactly the same. Till is mainly used in informal English. We use until to talk about a situation or state that will continue up to a certain moment.

Reporting questions

March 1st, 2013 in English Learning

While reporting questions we use a verb like ask. Note that reported questions are not inverted. That means in a reported question the subject comes before the verb whereas in a direct question the verb comes before the subject. Other rules will remain the same.