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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.

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 Pronouns – Part I

November 30th, 2009 in Common Mistakes, English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

Incorrect: Each of these girls sing well.
Correct: Each of these girls sings well.
Incorrect: None of my student attended the class today.
Correct: None of my students attended the class today.
Incorrect: One of my servant has gone on leave.
Correct: One of my servants has gone on leave.
Incorrect: Some of my servants has gone on leave.
Correct: Some of my servants have gone on leave.

If Clauses – Part II

November 29th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Type 3 conditional (Impossible condition)

Here we use a past perfect tense in the if clause and would have + past participle in the result clause.

If Clauses

November 29th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

A conditional sentence must have at least two clauses: a conditional clause and a result clause. The conditional clause usually states a condition and the result clause states what will happen if the condition is fulfilled.