December 2012

Reported speech exercise

December 31, 2012

  Complete the following sentences using appropriate direct or indirect speech forms. 1. I didn’t ask him ……………………………… it. a) do b) to do c) don’t 2. The officer asked us …………………………… our identity cards. a) show b) to show c) to showed 3. She asked me if I ………………………………….. finished the work. a) have […]

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Tenses exercise

December 30, 2012

1. Which one of the following sentences is correct? a) I saw John yesterday. b) I have seen John yesterday. c) I will see John yesterday. d) I see John yesterday. 2. Which of the following tenses are used to talk about recent actions that have present results? a) present perfect and present continuous b) […]

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Preposition at, on and in

December 29, 2012

The prepositions in, on and at are used to show place or position. Use in with large areas such as big cities, countries or continents. My sister lives in Sydney. She spent her childhood in Australia. Use at with relatively smaller places. I met her at the library. There is an interesting film at the […]

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Choice of active and passive structures

December 28, 2012

An English verb can be in the active voice or passive voice. It is said to be in the active voice when it says what people or things do. It is said to be in the passive voice when it says what happens to people or things – what is done to them. Read the […]

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Present perfect or simple past?

December 27, 2012

Complete the following sentences using simple past or present perfect forms. 1. He ………………………………. at a bar when he was younger. a) worked b) has worked c) either could be used here 2. I …………………………………. her since last Monday. a) haven’t seen b) didn’t see c) either could be used here 3. He ………………………….. three […]

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Prepositional phrases

December 26, 2012

A prepositional phrase is a set phrase introduced by a preposition. There are several prepositional phrases in English. They usually go at the end or at the beginning of sentences. The teacher asked the boys to learn the poem by heart. Here the expression by heart is an example of a prepositional phrase. He bought […]

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Phrasal verbs with put

December 25, 2012

Complete the following sentences. Each sentence given below contains an incomplete phrasal verb. Fill in the blanks with a preposition or an adverb particle that completes the phrasal verb. 1. Put …………………………….. your sweater before you step out. It is very cold outside. a) on b) in c) away 2. I can’t put …………………………………. with […]

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Just as a time expression

December 24, 2012

Just is one of the commonest words in English. It has many uses. Just as a time expression Just can be a time expression. In this case, it is mainly used with the present perfect tense. This is common in British English. She has just arrived. I have just received your letter. They have just […]

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Rewrite using it is / it was

December 22, 2012

We can put emphasis on a particular noun by beginning the sentence with the structure ‘it is / it was’. Read the following sentence. Susie does all the housework. This sentence doesn’t put an emphasis on any word. It is Susie who does all the housework. (Now the emphasis is on the noun Susie.) It […]

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Simple present tense worksheet

December 21, 2012

The simple present tense is used to talk about general truths. It is also used to talk about time-tabled future events. Unlike other tense forms, the simple present tense has a special –s marking when the subject is a singular noun or a third person pronoun. Fill in the blanks with appropriate simple present tense […]

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