Participles exercise

November 7, 2014

Combine the following sentences using a participle. An example is given below. The sage took pity on the mouse. He turned it into a beautiful girl. We can combine these two sentences using a participle. Taking pity on the mouse, the sage turned it into a beautiful girl. Exercise 1. The watchman opened the gate. […]

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Using Not

October 21, 2014

‘Not’ is one of the most common words in English. We use it to make negative sentences. We are friends. (Affirmative) We are not friends. (Negative) I know the answer. (Affirmative) I do not know the answer. (Negative) Not even Not even is used to talk about negative extremes. She cannot even write her name. […]

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Possessive pronouns and adjectives

September 22, 2014

Possessive adjectives are words like my, our, your, his, her, their and its. Just like other adjectives, they modify nouns. Examples are given below. This is my car. Which is your car? He takes his dog wherever he goes. She stays with her brother’s family. Possessive pronouns are words like mine, ours, yours, his, hers […]

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Sentence agreement

May 16, 2014

Collective nouns are words that refer to a group of people. Examples are: jury, commission, army, committee etc. A collective noun is followed by a singular verb when the group is thought of as a single unit. However, a plural verb is used when the individual members of the group are thought of. Examples are […]

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Time expressions and the tenses used with them

April 29, 2014

Time expressions indicate the tense. Here is a quick overview of the different time expressions and the tenses used with them. Usually, never, generally, always, seldom, often – simple present tense At present, now, at the moment – the present continuous tense Already, just, yet – present perfect tense Since, for – present perfect or […]

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Dangling participles

April 25, 2014

Adjectives and verbs ending in –ing are called present participles. They must be used carefully. Consider the following sentences: Standing at the gate, a scorpion stung the man. This sentence seems to suggest that it was the scorpion which stood at the gate. Actually, it was the man. He was stung by the scorpion when […]

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Using the word advice

February 11, 2014

The word advice is an uncountable noun. Uncountable nouns do not have plural forms. They cannot be used with the articles a/an. He gave me some advice. (NOT He gave me an advice.) (NOT He gave me advices.) Incorrect: Let me give you an advice. Correct: Let me give you some advice. Incorrect: She was […]

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Punctuation marks with independent clauses

January 23, 2014

Independent clauses can be separated (or connected) in a variety of ways. Full stop When both clauses are of equal importance and can stand on their own, we usually use a full stop to separate them. My toddler refuses to take a nap in the afternoon. He thinks he will miss out on some of […]

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Incomplete sentences

December 25, 2013

Sentence fragments are a common mistake. A sentence fragment is an incomplete sentence. It could be a prepositional phrase. Or it could be a dependent clause. An English sentence must have a subject and a verb of its own. Study the sentences given below. Mike took out his pen. He started writing. As you can […]

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Infinitives after auxiliaries

September 16, 2013

The infinitive is always used without to after the auxiliaries can, could, may, might, must, will, would, shall, should, do, does and did. She can swim. (NOT She can to swim.) (NOT She can swimming.) He must obey me. (NOT He must to obey me.) (NOT He must obeying me.) She should understand. (NOT She […]

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