Uses of Be and Have

November 4th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

As a principal verb

Be and its forms can be used as principal verbs. They are then called linking verbs because they link the subject with a following word.

Auxiliary Verbs

November 3rd, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

An auxiliary verb is one which helps other verbs form tenses other than the simple present and simple past.

The following are the auxiliary verbs in English:

Tenses Exercise II

November 3rd, 2009 in English Quiz

Fill in the blanks with the appropriate form of the verb

1.    I ———————- the examination last year.

a)    Take
b)    Took
c)    Had taken
d)    Have taken

Tenses Exercise I

November 3rd, 2009 in English Quiz

Fill in the blanks with the appropriate form of the verb.

1.    The policeman ——————- the thief red-handed.
a)    Catch
b)    Caught
c)    Is caught
d)    Catching

Substituting a Gerund for an Infinitive

November 2nd, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

Both the gerund and the infinitive are verbal nouns. In many cases it is possible to substitute a gerund for an infinitive.

Read the sentences given below:

The Gerund or Verbal Noun

November 2nd, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

Read the sentence given below.

Reading is my hobby.

Participle Exercise

November 2nd, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

Combine the following pairs of sentences by using participles.