February 2013

Past continous tense exercise

February 28, 2013

The past continuous tense is used to talk about actions or situations that were going on at a specified time in the past. I was reading a novel at 8 o’clock last night. My mother was watching TV when I got home. The boys were listening to the cricket commentary all day yesterday. She was […]

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Rewrite in the proper order

February 27, 2013

The sentences given below are taken from a story, but they are jumbled. That means they are not arranged in their proper order. Rearrange them in their logical sequence. 1. The young man sold his share of the property and left for another country. 2. The father tried to dissuade his son, but he wouldn’t […]

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Match up

February 26, 2013

Match ups are a great way to test your knowledge of English grammar and structure. In this exercise, sentence fragments are given under column A and column B. You have to match them and make meaningful sentences. A B My sister broke down after the unions called off the transport strike. The teacher told her […]

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As and like: grammar exercise

February 25, 2013

Both as and like can be used to say that things are similar. Note that like is a preposition. It is followed by a noun or pronoun which acts as its object. She looks like her mother. He is a teetotaler like his father. He fought like a lion. As is a conjunction. It is […]

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Few, a few, little, a little: grammar exercise

February 24, 2013

Complete the following sentences using little, a little, few or a few. 1. We have got quite ………………………. friends there. a) few b) a few c) either could be used here 2. Would you like to try …………………………….. wine? a) little b) a little c) either could be used here 3. His theories are too […]

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Go, get, grow and turn: exercise

February 23, 2013

Complete the following sentences using appropriate words indicating change. 1. I go to work by car and my neighbour goes by bus. I usually ………………….. there first. a) go b) get c) either could be used 2. Can you tell me how to …………………………. to the railway station? a) go b) get c) reach 3. […]

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Gerund or infinitive?

February 22, 2013

Complete the following sentences using gerunds or infinitives. 1. I tried ……………………….. a ticket, but they were all sold out. a) to get b) getting 2. I tried ……………………………. to the manager personally, but that didn’t help. a) to speak b) speaking 3. We regret ……………………… you that the flight has been cancelled. a) to […]

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Using through

February 21, 2013

Through can be used as a preposition or an adverb. When through is used as a preposition, it is followed by a noun. When it is used as an adverb, it is not followed by a noun. Through means from end to end or side to side of. The River Thames goes through London. We […]

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Using that

February 20, 2013

That is one of the commonest words in English. It is a relative pronoun. As a relative pronoun that can refer to both people and things. The letter that came this morning is from my father. Here the relative pronoun that refers to a thing – the letter. In this case it is possible to […]

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Using modal auxiliaries

February 19, 2013

Modal auxiliaries are used to express a wide variety of meanings in English. For example, they can be used to defend arguments and explain preferences. Modal auxiliaries cannot be used alone. They are added to the base form of verbs in order to express possibility, ability, desire etc. Forms of the infinitive The infinitive is […]

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