Direct and Indirect Speech: Rules for the Change of Tenses

December 8th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

We have seen that when the reporting verb is in the past tense, all present tenses inside the quotation marks will change into their corresponding past tenses in indirect speech. Study the example sentences given below.

Direct and Indirect Speech Part I

December 8th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Words spoken by a person can be reported to another person in two ways. These two ways of narration are called direct speech and indirect speech.

Direct speech

Active and Passive Voice Quiz II

December 7th, 2009 in English Quiz

Fill in the blanks with suitable verb forms.

1.    The house ———————- by the masons.

a)    Is being built
b)    Has being built
c)    Is been built
d)    Is being building

Articles Quiz II

December 7th, 2009 in English Quiz

Fill in the blanks with suitable articles.

1.    The stone hit me on ——————- leg.

a)    The
b)    A
c)    No article

2.    I asked him to go to —————– post office.

Active and Passive Voice Quiz I

December 6th, 2009 in English Quiz

Fill in the blanks with suitable verb forms.

1.    The work ————————- by me.

a)    Has completed
b)    Has been completed
c)    Have been completed
d)    Have completed

Active and Passive Voice – Future Tense

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

Simple Future Tense

Active: Subject + will/shall + first form of the verb + object
Passive: Object of the active sentence + will/shall + be + past participle form of the verb + by + subject of the active sentence

How to Write an Acceptance Letter

December 6th, 2009 in Business English, Letter Writing

You may have verbally accepted a job offer or an invitation. But writing an acceptance letter is still a smart way of formally accepting an offer and expressing your appreciation.