Archive for April, 2013

Sentence transformation exercise

April 24th, 2013 in English Quiz

Convert the following simple sentences into complex sentences each containing an adverb clause.

As and though

April 22nd, 2013 in English Grammar

Though is a subordinating conjunction. It is used to connect two contrasting ideas.

  • Though the house is new, it requires a lot of repairs.

Structures with so

April 21st, 2013 in Improve English

So is often used as a general purpose connector and comes at the beginning of sentences.

  • So, when do you want to move in?
  • So, what have you decided?

Using so as an adverb and a conjunction

April 20th, 2013 in English Grammar

So can be used in the following ways:

As an adverb

When used as an adverb, so is followed by an adjective or another adverb.

  • Why are you so unkind?

Using anything

April 19th, 2013 in English Grammar

Anything is a word used instead of something in negatives and questions. It is used to ask whether even a small amount of something exists or is available.

Using discuss

April 18th, 2013 in Vocabulary

To discuss is to talk about something with someone.

  • We will discuss this matter when we meet next week.

Discuss something with someone

  • I must discuss this problem with my landlady.

Aloud, allowed, accept and except: words commonly confused

April 17th, 2013 in Vocabulary

Aloud and allowed

These words have similar pronunciation and therefore they are often confused by ESL students.


Aloud is an adverb.  When you speak aloud your speech is loud enough for other people to hear.