Archive for April, 2013

Tenses exercise

April 30th, 2013 in English Grammar

In the following passage from George Orwell’s Shooting an elephant, some of the verbs have been deliberately omitted. Supply the appropriate tense for each missing verb, the plain form of which is given in brackets.

Place prepositions

April 29th, 2013 in English Grammar

To talk about place, we use the following prepositions.


In is used to talk about position inside large areas and in three-dimensional space.

  • He is in his room.

Relative pronouns exercise

April 28th, 2013 in English Grammar

Join the following sentences by using a relative pronoun.


  • Use who and that to refer to people.
  • Use which and that to refer to things.

Prepositions exercise (Beginner level)

April 28th, 2013 in English Quiz

Complete the following sentences using appropriate prepositions. Choose your answers from the options given in the brackets.

1. He has nothing to declare ………………………. (at / on) the airport.

Using appositives to connect clauses

April 27th, 2013 in English Grammar

An appositive is essentially a modifying clause from which a relative pronoun and a linking verb have been removed. Appositives are commonly used for combining ideas. In writing, we usually set them off with a pair of commas.

Compounding sentence elements

April 26th, 2013 in English Grammar

We have already learned that coordinating conjunctions can be used to combine two or more clauses together. They can also be used to combine other sentence elements such as subjects, verbs, objects etc. When we use a coordinating conjunction to combine two such sentence elements, no comma is required.

Infinitives or -ing forms?

April 25th, 2013 in English Quiz

Some verbs and adjectives can be followed by either an –ing form or an infinitive. However, in some cases only one of these two structures is possible.