Active and Passive Voice – Present Continuous Tense

December 4th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Active sentences in the present continuous tense have the following structure:
Subject + is/are/am + -ing form of the verb + object
Passive sentences in the present continuous tense have the following structure:
Object of the active sentence + is/are/am + being + past participle form of the verb + by + subject of the active sentence.

Active and Passive Voice: Tense-wise Rules

December 3rd, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Simple Present tense

An Active sentence in the simple present tense has the following structure:
Subject + first form of the verb + object

Common Errors with Verbs – Part II

December 3rd, 2009 in Common Mistakes, English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

Incorrect: He said to me to go.
Correct: He told me to go.
Incorrect: She said to me that she would be late.
Correct: She told me that she would be late.

Common Errors with Verbs – Part I

December 2nd, 2009 in Common Mistakes, English Grammar, English Learning

Incorrect: He asked had we taken our food.
Correct: He asked if we had taken our food. OR He asked whether we had taken our food.
Incorrect: I am not sure will I have time.
Correct: I am not sure if I will have time.
Incorrect: I asked whether had she any letters for me.
Correct: I asked whether she had any letters for me.

Changing an Imperative Sentence into the Passive

December 2nd, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Sentences which express request, order, advice, suggestion, prohibition etc., are called imperative sentences.

Common Errors with Adjectives – Part III

December 2nd, 2009 in Common Mistakes, English Grammar, English Learning

Incorrect: We live in city.
Correct: We live in a city.

Explanation

Common Errors with Adjectives – Part II

December 2nd, 2009 in Common Mistakes, English Grammar, English Learning

Incorrect: In our school the number of students is less.
Correct: In our school the number of students is small.

Explanation