Exercises

Passive voice exercise

June 11, 2014

Complete the following sentences using appropriate passive verb forms. 1. The parcels …………………… a) have sent b) have been sent c) have being sent d) have been send 2. The performance …………………… by the spectators. a) applauded b) has applauded c) was applauded d) was applauding 3. The culprits …………………….. by the police. a) have […]

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Reporting yes or no questions

June 7, 2014

Yes or no questions are reported with ‘if’ or ‘whether’. Note that we cannot use the words say and tell to report questions. Study the examples given below. ‘Are you a clever boy?’ the stranger asked Harry. (Direct speech) The stranger asked Harry if / whether he was a clever boy. (Indirect speech) Some people […]

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Direct and indirect speech exercise

June 6, 2014

Sentences are given in the direct speech. Change them into indirect speech. 1. ‘My Lord, is any of your silver missing?’ the Sergeant said to the Bishop. 2. ‘Did you see the exhibition?’ the teacher said to me. 3. ‘My son, when will you come back?’ said the mother. 4. ‘Can I get supper and […]

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Correct the mistakes

June 6, 2014

Rewrite the following sentences correcting the mistakes. 1. We have lived here since 10 years. 2. He was accused with stealing. 3. We have finished the work yesterday. 4. You won’t get well unless you are taking your medicine. 5. He has been living in this house since five years. 6. We are learning English […]

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Combine using a conjunction or a relative pronoun

June 5, 2014

Both conjunctions and relative pronouns are used to combine two clauses. There is a difference between them. A conjunction merely connects the two clauses. A relative pronoun also acts as the subject or object of the verb in the relative clause. Combine the following sentences using an appropriate conjunction. 1. Her clothes caught fire. She […]

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General grammar exercise

June 5, 2014

Complete the given sentences. This grammar exercise tests your understanding of basic grammar rules. 1. I am going to …………………. with your brother when I am in town. a) get in touch b) have touch c) having touch d) getting in touch 2. When I found her she was ……………… with cold. a) blue b) […]

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Change degrees of comparison

June 1, 2014

Rewrite the following sentences as directed. An example is given below. The dog is the most faithful animal. (Use ‘faithful’ instead of ‘most faithful’.) No other animal is as faithful as the dog. Exercise 1. Kochi is the best port in Kerala. (Use ‘better’ instead of ‘best’.) 2. Mount Everest is higher than any other […]

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Gap fills exercise

May 31, 2014

Complete the following sentences using an appropriate expression. 1. James …………………… his frustration by shouting at his mother. a) went on with b) gave vent to c) called on d) brought about 2. The thief ………………… when he saw the police. a) turned up b) loped off c) concealed 3. When electricity passes through a […]

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Participles exercise

May 26, 2014

There are two kinds of participles – the present participle and the past participle. The present participle always ends in an –ing form. The past participle can have different endings. Both present and past participles can be used as adjectives. Complete the following sentences using an appropriate participle form. 1. …………………. a loud sound, we […]

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General grammar exercise

May 24, 2014

Rewrite as directed. 1. There was almost nothing in the box. (Rewrite using ‘hardly) 2. A few books are lying on the table. (Begin with the word ‘There’) 3. He stood on tip-toe. He reached for the apple. (Combine using a participle) 4. Would you please move a bit? (Change into a more polite request […]

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