October 2012

Use of the words he/she, him/her and his/hers etc.

October 21, 2012

Read the following sentences. He has a camera. The camera belongs to him. It is his camera. The camera is his. She has a diamond ring. The diamond ring belongs to her. It is her diamond ring. The diamond ring is hers. They have a tea garden. The tea garden belongs to them. It is […]

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Phrasal verbs with break

October 20, 2012

Break is used in a number of common phrasal verbs. Here is a list of them. Each phrasal verb is followed by its definition. Example sentences are also given. Break away – become separate; (of members of a group) escape; run away Break down – a) fail to work; prove to be useless; b) become […]

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Conjunctions worksheet

October 19, 2012

Fill in the blanks with appropriate conjunctions. Each question is followed by three suggested answers. Choose the most appropriate one. 1. ……………………………………. had I entered the room than the intruder ran away. a) As soon as b) No sooner c) Hardly 2. ……………………………………… had I reached the station when the train steamed out. a) As […]

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Affirmative answers

October 18, 2012

Affirmative answers have the following structure: Yes, subject + auxiliary verb. Read the following sentences. Has he given his consent? Yes, he has. In short answers, we do not usually repeat other information. However, we can repeat the whole sentence in a more formal style. Yes, he has given his consent. Has she returned yet? […]

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Time expressions with the simple present tense: grammar worksheet

October 17, 2012

We use certain time expressions with the simple present tense. Test your understanding of these time expressions with this simple grammar exercise. 1. I don’t like to get up early on ………………………. (Sunday / Sundays). 2. How ……………………… (often / much) do you go to the library? 3. I ……………………… (sometime / sometimes) visit my […]

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Prepositions after particular words and expressions

October 16, 2012

Certain words and expressions are followed by particular prepositions. Here is a list of the most common combinations. Insist on She insisted on paying for the drinks. Interested in He was always interested in politics. Kind to People have always been kind to me. Lacking in She is lacking in tact. Laugh at The little […]

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Prepositions after particular words and expressions

October 15, 2012

Bad at He is not bad at badminton. Believe When believe means accept as true it is used without a preposition. I won’t believe a word you say. Believe in Do you believe in ghosts? Belong in / on (= have its place in / on) Those books belong on the top shelf. Belong to […]

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Collective nouns worksheet

October 15, 2012

Read the following sentences. A large crowd gathered in the street. The hungry fox saw a bunch of grapes hanging from the vine. We were attacked by a swarm of bees. Here the words crowd, bunch and swarm stand for a collection of people, a collection of grapes and a collection of bees. Nouns which […]

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Phrasal verbs with take

October 14, 2012

Take is used in a number of common phrasal verbs. Here is a simple exercise about phrases using the word take. Complete the following sentences. 1. The new manager is expected to take ………………………………….. on March 15th. a) on                      b) over                 c) down 2. He took ……………………………………. fishing on retirement. a) to                       b) for                     c) […]

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Subject-verb agreement

October 13, 2012

The basic principle of subject-verb agreement is simple. If the subject is singular, it should be followed by a singular verb. If the subject is plural, it should be followed by a plural verb. My brother is an engineer. (Here the singular verb is agrees with the singular subject brother.) My brothers are engineers. (Here […]

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