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

Uses of Need

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

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

Need as a principal verb

Uses of Must and Aught

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

Must remains unchanged whatever be its tense or the number and person of its subject. Must can refer to the present or future. And when used with the present perfect tense form of the principal verb, it can also refer to the past.

Uses of May and Might

November 6th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

To express permission

May is used to ask and give permission.

May I come in, Sir?
Yes, you may.
May I go now?
No, you may not.