Archive for August, 2013

Conjunctions exercise

August 10th, 2013 in English Quiz

Conjunctions are words used to join two or more clauses together. Test your understanding of conjunctions with this grammar exercise. Each question is followed by three suggested answers. Choose the most appropriate one.

Words confused: council and counsel

August 9th, 2013 in Vocabulary

These words are often confused.

Council and counsel

The noun council is used to refer to an official group of people who have been selected to make decisions. The word council is an example of a collective noun. It can be followed by a singular verb or a plural verb.

Overview of the TOEFL speaking tasks

August 8th, 2013 in TOEFL

Here is an overview of the six speaking tasks.

Independent task 1

You will be asked to speak about a familiar topic. You will get 15 seconds to prepare your response and 45 seconds to speak it.

On the contrary, in contrast

August 7th, 2013 in English Grammar

On the contrary and on the other hand

These expressions have different meanings. On the contrary is used to contradict. It is used to say that what has just been said is not true.

Connecting devices

August 5th, 2013 in English Learning

Conjunctions are words used to connect. They join words, phrases or clauses together. Conjunctions are essential cohesive devices. They help writers add variety to their writing. If there were no conjunctions, your writing would be full of short, simple sentences.

Phrasal verbs exercise

August 4th, 2013 in English Quiz

Each sentence given below contains an incomplete phrasal verb. Complete it by choosing an appropriate adverb or preposition from the given options.

1. This bus runs ……………….. petrol.

Using less

August 3rd, 2013 in English Learning

Less is the comparative form of the word little. It can be used in a variety of situations.

As a determiner

As a determiner, less is used before a noun.