Spelling Rules – Part II

November 10th, 2009 in Words, Writing

Rule 2

Short monosyllables always double their final consonant.

Shop, shopping (NOT shoping)
Let, letting (NOT leting)

Rule 3

‘ie’ and ‘ei’

Some Useful Spelling Rules – Part I

November 10th, 2009 in Words, Writing

English is said to have one of the most difficult spelling systems in the world. There are several reasons for this. 1) The pronunciation of many words has changed over the years, but not their spellings. For example, the ‘k’ in ‘knife’ and ‘gh’ in ‘right’ were pronounced during the Middle English Period (12th to 15th century). 2) Vowels have also changed their pronunciation over the years. 3) The spellings of many words have changed but not their pronunciation. For instance, the word ‘doubt’ used to be pronounced as ‘doute’. The ‘b’ was later inserted because the word had its origin in the Latin word ‘dubitare’ which had ‘b’ in it.

Formation of Interrogative Sentence – Part II

November 9th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

The present continuous tense indicates the continuity of an action which is going on at the present moment.

Form: Subject + is/are/am + -ing form of the verb.

Formation of Interrogative Sentences – Part I

November 9th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

Simple present

The simple present tense has the following structure:

Subject + present tense forms of the verb (bare infinitive)

The sun rises in the east.
The cow eats grass.

Strong and Weak Verbs

November 9th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Quiz

Verbs forming their past tense by adding ‘ed’, ‘d’ or ‘t’ to the present tense (with or without any change in the vowel inside) are known as weak verbs.

Tenses Exercise III

November 8th, 2009 in English Quiz

1.    My brother has ——————– his work.

a)    Complete
b)    Completed
c)    Completing
d)    Been completed

2.    Somebody ———————— my pen yesterday.

a)    Stole
b)    Had stolen
c)    Has stolen
d)    Would steal

Uses of Dare

November 7th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Dare is used both as a principal verb and as an auxiliary verb.

Dare as a principal verb