October 2012

Some conjunctions

October 31, 2012

While While is usually a subordinating conjunction of time. It can also be used to show contrast. Strike while the iron is hot. (Subordinating conjunction of time) Thieves broke into the house while they were sleeping. (Subordinating conjunction of time) While she is a doctor I am a sweeper. (Subordinating conjunction showing contrast) While he […]

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Sentence correction worksheet

October 30, 2012

Each sentence given below contains one of more errors. The error could be in the use of nouns, adjectives, verbs, prepositions or conjunctions. Find the error and rewrite the sentence correctly. 1. We all swum at the beach yesterday. 2. They hadn’t scarcely enough feed for their cattle. 3. The cow has trod on my […]

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Phrasal verbs with bring

October 29, 2012

Bring is used in a number of common phrasal verbs. Here is a list of them. Bring something about – cause it to happen Bring someone round – make him conscious again Bring up – a) raise a child; b) cause something to be considered; c) vomit Bring down – cause to be lower Bring […]

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Common word combinations

October 28, 2012

It is not always easy to know which preposition to use after a particular noun, verb or adjective. Here are some of the most common combinations. Accuse somebody of something She accused me of breaking the flower-vase. Afraid of I am afraid of the dark. Agree with a person, opinion or policy I couldn’t agree […]

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Using should

October 27, 2012

The auxiliary verb should shows obligation. Should can be used in questions to ask if there is an obligation to do something. Read the following sentences. Should I ignore the symptoms? I don’t think you should. It is not wise. Should I bring the files with me? I don’t think you have to. It is […]

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Active and passive voice worksheet

October 26, 2012

Fill in the blanks with appropriate active or passive verb forms. Each question is followed by three suggested answers. Choose the most appropriate one. Question 1 Channel Islanders …………………………………………. English and French. a) speak b) is spoken c) is speaking Question 2 The roof is ……………………………………….. by a friend of ours. a) repairing b) being […]

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Uses of the verb do

October 25, 2012

Read the following sentences in the simple present tense. I walk. I don’t drive. Do I walk? Yes, I do. Do I drive? No, I don’t drive. He speaks English. He does not speak French. Does he speak English? Yes, he does. Does he speak French? No, he doesn’t. I like coffee. I do not […]

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Match-ups

October 24, 2012

  Match-ups are a great exercise to test your knowledge of grammar. These types of grammar exercises require you to match two sentence fragments so that together they make complete sense. Match the following First part She lets her children He was made Do you think They would have won It is as easy to […]

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Grammar exercise

October 23, 2012

There are two types of questions in this exercise. The first type asks you to select the grammatically correct version from among the given options. The second type of questions are fill-ups. Question 1 Say which of the following sentences is grammatically correct. a) He gets a little salary. b) He gets a small salary. […]

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Possessive pronouns and adjectives

October 22, 2012

Read the following sentences. This necklace belongs to her. They do not belong to you. We can combine these sentences using possessive pronouns. This necklace is hers, not yours. This car belongs to him. It does not belong to me. This car is his, not mine. Exercise Combine the following pairs of sentences using possessive […]

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